Symmetry is Your Design Soul Mate

published Sep 7, 2016
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Symmetrical design—drawing an imaginary line down the middle of a room and designing on one side what you design on the other—might seem a bit traditional, but this classic look has worked throughout the decades thanks to a magical power it wields: The ability to make any room feel more relaxing, peaceful and in control. Check out these 12 rooms and feel the harmony they exude from the screen—you just might meet your design soul mate in this post!

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Check out the gorgeous symmetrical black and white living room in this house tour → A Chic Classic Home in Chicago.

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Another symmetrical example from A Chic Classic Home in Chicago is this little vignette—showing that you don’t have to go big for symmetry to work its magic.

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Lest you think symmetry always means “neutral color palette,” check out this symmetrical and statement-making room in Crystal’s “Family and Pet Friendly Abode”.

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Patterns layer with dark, moody colors in this symmetrical bedroom in Jeanine & Bryan’s Beautiful Brooklyn Style home.

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A modern, industrial space is made all the more lovely by this symmetrical set-up in Lianna’s Lovely Milwaukee Loft.

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Another symmetrical bedroom arrangement proves that this design princple works great in your sleep space. Spotted in Meg’s Classic, Glamorous Apartment.

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More symmetrical dining room inspiration comes from Megan and Mike’s Contemporary Amsterdam Apartment, showing that you can be minimal and symmetrical.

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Michelle’s Warm and Elegant Houston Home has a symmetrical dining room, too.

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And yet another dining room, this time in this house tour: Vintage Treasures in a Historic 1890s Australian Country Cottage. Scrolling through these different dining rooms in a row, you can see that symmetry works with just about any style of design.

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There’s no denying that symmetry is quite powerful when combined with a limited and bold color palette. As seen in Nic & Andrew’s Minimal Black & White Home in Minneapolis.

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This sitting area, in Deidre’s Eclectic, Vintage Designer Digs, is mostly symmetrical, but does feature a bit of a difference: the side tables on either side of the couch are different. However, their basic shape and white color are similar, making the feel of this room symmetrical even if it’s not exact.