Why our brains love harmony in design

Everybody knows a good example of interior design when they see it. Most of us are able to make this judgment almost immediately. Ever wonder why this ability seems to be so natural, even though many of us are not interior designers?

It all comes down to symmetry, or a feeling of balance that has been achieved within a given space. Even though they may not be obvious at first glance, symmetry can have a profound effect on our subconscious. We are all drawn to balanced images, and we tend to find them more appealing than their chaotic counterparts.

You’ll need to continue reading to discover why we love symmetrical spaces. You’ll also learn how to create harmony in your interiors, no matter what your style. It’s worth a look.

It feels familiar

It is easy to answer: Balance is our favorite thing because it is right there in front of us. Next time you see your body in the mirror imagine drawing a line down the middle and splitting yourself at the navel. Chances are that your left and right halves will be symmetrical.

We are not the only ones who are naturally balanced. Scientists discovered that nature has a 1:1.61 ratio that is closely mirroring our own. This ratio is often called The Golden Mean. These proportions are not only found in our bodies, but also in the curvature and formation of seashells and the circular patterns of our universe.

This type of balance is easy for our brains because it is so common in our daily lives. Because we don’t have as much to understand the flow and use of the space, symmetrical interiors can be viewed as more peaceful and restful than artistically asymmetrical ones.

When designing interiors, think about the mood you want to create in your space. Balance is the key to creating a home that feels like an escape from the outside world.

Balance is for all shapes

Balance doesn’t have to be a straight line down the middle when it comes to interior designing. That would be boring. Interior designers have developed a number of ways to create a space that is symmetrical and still retains visual interest. These are some of the ideas.

  • Reflection is the most popular type. You can have it vertically or horizontally, such as two couches separated by a central coffee table or chair rails that divide the room into a top or bottom half.
  • Rotational: Objects that are rotated in one direction around a central point. You can think of a round table in your dining room or a wreath to decorate your front door.
  • Transitional: This is when you repeat the same pattern several times in the same area to create the illusion of motion. This is most common in wallpaper, tiled floors, and backsplashes.
  • Asymmetry is the deliberate breaking of an established pattern in order to bring attention to a specific design element. These can be things such as a piece or expensive work of art.

First, consider how much space you have before you decide on the type of balance that you want to use in your space. Transitional and rotational balances work well in large open spaces like foyers or expansive dining rooms. However, too many repetitions can make a space feel overwhelming. Because they are often simpler, reflection symmetry or asymmetry work well in tight spaces.

It’s easy to achieve harmony

You don’t have to be an expert to achieve harmony in your interiors. These three factors can help you create a harmonious space.

  • Your focal point is the center of your design. It should draw your attention to the focal point when you enter the room. This could be built-in storage, fireplaces, or architectural details.
  • Visual Weight: Your focal point should not be the largest object in the room. However, you can balance this out by framing it alongside a similar heavy object either side. For example, a fireplace flanked with matching sofas could have a similar heavy object. You could also balance it out by using a group of visually lighter objects, such as a dining room table and chairs that fill each side.
  • Scale and Proportion: Make sure your design elements are scaled appropriately. Best results are achieved with proportions of 2:1, 3:5, and 5:8. For the best measurements, choose ottomans that are at least two-thirds as long as your sofa. Also, make sure that artwork fills three-fifths a wall with an ottoman.

If all else fails take a step back. When designing interiors, don’t forget to look beyond the details and see the whole space. You should immediately feel the space’s balance when you look at it from another perspective. You can adjust the placement of your design elements until it feels right.

It works with every style

Personal style is often a major issue in interior design. While some people prefer the rich, ornate feel of modern interiors, others are drawn to more modern designs. Although it may seem that these two camps won’t find common ground in design principles like balance, they are actually compatible.

The deal is this: A room cannot be complete without some symmetry. Imagine a room in which a cabinet was placed at the center of the room and a sofa was pushed to one corner, with a painting on the other wall. It’s a disaster!

Balance is a tool that helps you create the structure of your interior design. Imagine your personal style elements being the filling for the space. No matter if they have an Asian or classical marble style, the lamps that you choose to decorate your bedside table will still look great.

No matter what your style, symmetry can make your design stand out. Image via Streeter & Associates, Inc. Balance is the key to interior design. It is pleasing to the brain, so we tend to find symmetrical spaces more appealing. As you design your home’s rooms, follow the suggestions above. You can create a space that is pleasing to everyone, regardless of style preference, by incorporating balance in your design. Your secret weapon will be sought out by your family and friends. If you don’t, we won’t know!