The Power of Asymmetry in Decor Displays

The Power of Asymmetry in Decor Displays

Janel Laban
Sep 16, 2009

One of the pleasures of decor is setting up displays or vignettes around the house. They can be totally temporary (tied to a certain holiday or time of year or created to celebrate a new "treasure" that you've just found) or practically permanent (we have some displays that just appeal to us so much that we live with them for years)...

Fresh flowers, photos, artwork, objects, souvenirs, food, letters, lighting...all of these disparate elements (high end to low, from fleeting to antiques) can come together to make a corner of your home really personal and special.

But one part of all of our displays is universal: asymmetry. We think that it is practically a visual REQUIREMENT that something be a bit "off" in a decor vignette. You simply need something off-scale, off-color or off-theme to make things interesting and visually appealing.

You know the (very true) fashion adage that you should always get dressed and then remove one element? We think the decor equivalent should be to set up your display and then add in something to throw it off.

Agree? Disagree? Discuss!

Image: Gemma Ahern Renovation via Freshome

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