I waffle on the topic of symmetry because I see great examples of both symmetrical and asymmetrical gardens, furniture layouts, kitchen cupboard arrangements and accessories.  I guess most of the time I’m most comfortable with symmetry, but there’s always an exception.


 This (above) garden vista is symmetrical for the most part.  The astilbe on the left and pittisporum shurb on the right are pretty and asymmetrical.  The posts on the gate invite you into the formal garden space, so pretty.

Designer, Mary McDonald (via Veranda Magazine) says,

“I always like to pair very symmetrical elements with something that’s asymmetrical, because the symmetry cleans up the asymmetrical parts and keeps them from getting too crazy….You always want to make sure when you’re putting together a tablescape for a vignette that’s symmetrical…that you have groups of all different heights, because that creates an artistic sense of release.”

The above dining room is more symmetrical then not and so attractive with the matching candle holders on the buffet, the matching windows and window treatment with matching chairs in front are a nice back drop to the table adornments.

This is such a restful image…the simplicity and understated look of white fireplace, white chairs and throw and then the large, dark stained coffee table.  Very nice.

Such a pretty library, one I would enjoy spending time in!

That makes sense to me.  So today I’m posting beautiful examples of both.  In the world of design there seems to be good argument for both asymmetrical features and symmetrical.  No matter what your preference, there is attractive support for both.

Amy Meier Design

I love the matching lantern-style lights on each post over the bar…there are some positive asymmetrical features in the kitchen as well and it all works beautifully.

Atlanta Homes Magazine

Don’t you love the pair of arched cabinets at the end of the room?  The beams in the kitchen and the credenza style cabinetry on the left side topped with shutters are such a wow factor for me.

Symmetry in the garden is always impressive when your speaking of a formal garden…the “juxtaposition” and “axis” conversation must have been lengthy in this garden.

Phoebe Howard Design

The above room is one of my favorite examples of a study in the beauty of asymmetrical design.

via decorpad

Love the matching towel bars in this bathroom.

A beautiful example of asymmetrical accessorizing.

Suzanne Kasler Design

Now this is commitment to {above} symmetry.

How do you feel about this topic?  Do you need symmetry when decorating your home?  Do you mix it up?  I’d love to hear your ideas and thoughts on this topic.