Interior Design Principles: Achieving Balance in Your Rooms with Asymmetry

Monday we talked about achieving balance in your rooms with symmetry and I promised I'd be back later this week to discuss its opposite, asymmetry. If you want to check out Monday's post you can find it here.



The placement of different objects on either side of a center point where they balance each other.

Interiors: An Introduction

Going back to the pictures we looked at Monday, the center point here in our bedroom is obviously the bed and canvas. The asymmetrical elements come into play in the decorative objects placed on the bookcases and also the accent pillows on the bed.  Pretty easy to understand, right? No biggy. The tricky part comes in the execution which we'll cover at the end of the post.

Achieving Balance in Your Rooms with Asymmetry

Pros of Asymmetry

  • It makes a space more interesting
  • You don't tire of it as easily 
  • It can loosen up and relax a place
  • Done well, it can help infuse a room with energy

Cons of Asymmetry

  • Finding objects that are different, but still work together well 
  • Balancing out the objects in a pleasing and beautiful way
  • Requires time and patience

Tips for Achieving Asymmetry Successfully

Symmetry, for the most part is pretty easy to achieve, but we mentioned Monday, in order for it not to come across as stale and boring, asymmetrical elements should be included. Here's some tips to get you started.

  • The biggest one is to give yourself time and patience. You probably won't get it right the first time when arranging furniture or other items on a shelf. Creativity and decorating are a process in my book and sometimes even a messy and ugly process. My shelves aren't where I want them to be yet, but I play around with the arrangement sometimes to work on getting them to the point where when I look at them they just feel right, or in other words, they feel balanced.
Achieving Balance in Your Rooms with Asymmetry
Achieving Balance in Your Rooms with Asymmetry
  • Use objects that are different, but compatible like the black and white accent pillows on our bed. I've always got my eyes open for items I can use on the shelves in our room or accent pillows for the beds or sofa. We talked about using scale and proportion in a room last week (you can read that post here) mostly in regards to furniture, but you also want to keep it in mind when styling other elements in your room such as objects on shelves or tables or art  on the walls.
Achieving Balance in Your Rooms with Asymmetry

Achieving asymmetrical balance can be a little daunting for the perfectionist in me, but fun if I choose to let it be more of a creative experiment. So, just go out there and have fun with it! Next week, I'm planning to come back and let you in on how I choose decorative objects for our home like the ones on our bookshelves.

If you have any tips for achieving asymmetry or balance in a room, I'd love for you to share them in the comments below!