Find a Line of Symmetry
Whether it is a butterfly or geometric shape in order for things to be symmetrical they must have a line of symmetry where the two reflections meet. Consequently when looking to design your furniture layout it is essential that you firstly decide on a central line or feature of symmetry of which the rest of your room will focus around. Thankfully, in most rooms this line is fairly obvious. For example, identify fireplaces and chimney breasts, large bay windows or long light reflecting walls as your chosen feature. These places naturally attract the eye and generally stand central within a room.
Now you have your central point it is time to consider the positioning of your furniture, patterns, colour and light. Where possible balance the overall presence of furniture on either side of your central point. For example, place a sofa on one side opposite to two smaller arm chairs. Or, place the sofa across the central point and position the two arm chairs on either side. Either way, the overall distribution of furniture is equally distributed. Alongside this it is also important to consider the distribution of height within the room. For example, why not position a large wardrobe overlapping the line of symmetry and dot tall floor lamps on each side of the bed to balance the wardrobe’s presence.
As well as the distribution of furniture it is also important to consider the distribution of pattern and colour. If you use a vivid blue on a feature wall be sure to repeat this colour in scatter cushions, lampshades or rugs on the other side of the room to give the space a feeling of symmetry. Furthermore, try to repeat similar textures and materials throughout the room. As an example, if you have a chrome and walnut dressing table place a chrome framed bed and walnut side tables on the other side of the room. These small apparently unnoticeable decisions will, overall, give the room a logic and sense that will enhance the feeling of calm and tranquillity within the space.
Finally, when looking to consider symmetry in your designs do remember that the easiest way to experiment with different furniture and colour positions is by drawing different sketches. Furthermore, once decorated do not be afraid to play around with your furniture, scatter cushions, lamps and frames until you feel happy that the overall finish is not only logical and evenly distributed but also beautiful and reflective of your personality.