A Balanced Home and Life: Know the Different Kinds of Symmetry Applicable to Home Design

Posted on December 5, 2018

Having a small apartment has its perks and disadvantages. Living in a small house makes it more intimate and private. It also makes everything in the house accessible. However, it also has its share of disadvantages especially when doing a remodel. This is a typical predicament among NYC dwellers. New Yorkers are used to the small spaces of NYC units, that is why they usually have to be as creative as they can in doing renovations. Since there is not enough space, homeowners usually prefer bringing in just one piece of every interesting furniture or accent piece than pairs. Because of this, one of the most problematic things to do when dealing with a small space is achieving a good sense of balance. So if you are planning an NYC remodel, here are examples of balance in interior design that you may find helpful:

  1. Symmetrical – Being symmetrical in terms of home makeovers means mirroring one side of the room to another. This usually applies best on bedrooms and living rooms. For example, you can achieve a symmetrical design for your living room by placing the same side tables at both ends of the couch. You may also place the same lamps or accent piece on both side tables, and accentuate the balance by a beautiful rug to mark the center of the room.
  2. Asymmetrical – Unlike symmetrical design, which requires the same elements on both sides of an axis, asymmetrical design involves different objects on either sides of the axis with similar visual weights. The idea of asymmetrical designs is to create a sense of balance without being monotonous or predictable. You can achieve this in your NYC remodel by establishing a central line in a particular room. What you need to do then is to place objects and elements on both sides of the rooms with similar visual weights. If the left side of the room has a window for example, you could place a shelf on the opposite side to balance it out.
  3. Radial – Radial balance on the other hand usually applies on kitchens. Radial balance means having a focal point and placing elements around it. If your kitchen follows U-style layout for example, and you have a center island as a focal point, this is radial balance. This can be applies to other parts of the apartment by simply identifying a focal point or object and surrounding it by elements that will emphasize its centrality.

Achieving a sense of balance is important in apartment makeovers as this makes everything easier for the eye. It can be difficult to make a room look pleasant if it lacks a sense of balance. So if you feel like there is something awkward with the layout of a particular room in the house, check first if this room has a sense of balance before experimenting on costly remodeling strategies.

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