Why Our Brains Love Symmetry in Design
This is a fascinating article on why we like symmetry in design.
“We all know an example of good interior design when we see it. In fact, most of us can make that judgment almost instantly. Have you ever wondered why that ability seems to come to us so instinctually, even though we may not be professional interior designers?
It all has to do with symmetry, or a sense of balance, that has been achieved within a space. Symmetrical design cues effect our subconscious, even when they are too subtle to be consciously acknowledged with our first glance. All of us are drawn to balanced images and tend to think them more aesthetically pleasing than their off-kilter counterparts.
As for why we love symmetrical spaces so much, you’ll have to read on to find out. Plus, you’ll discover how to bring a harmonious feel into your own interiors, regardless of your personal style. Check it out.”
Here is partial a recap:
- “It Feels Familiar…We love balance because it is right in front of us” – the left and right halves of our bodies are fairley similar. “Scientists have found that a closely mirroring ratio – often dubbed The Golden Mean – of 1:1.61 that occurs over and over again in nature” – our bodies, seashells, clouds, and the universe.
- “Balance Fits All Shapes…Interior designers have come up with a few ways to achieve a symmetrical feel in a space while still maintaining the visual interest.
- Reflection: The most common type with the room split in 1/2 by an object like coffee table or chair rail.
- Rotational: Refers to objects rotated in a particular direction around a central focal point…round dining room table or…a wreath that adorns your front door.
- Transitional: Creating the illusion of motion by repeating the same pattern multiple times within the same space…tiled floors, back splashes, and wallpaper.
- Asymmetry: Purposefully breaking an established pattern of symmetry in order to draw attention to a particular design element…statement furniture or an expensive work of art.
When trying to decide what type of balance to employ in your spaces, first consider the how much room you have to work with. Rotational and transitional do well in large, open areas like foyers and expansive dining rooms, but can feel overwhelming if there is too much repetition crammed into a small area. In tight spaces, reflection symmetry and asymmetry are your best bets since they often feature simpler designs.
…As far as the world of interior design is concerned, balance is key. Our brains find it pleasing and, as a result, we tend to rank symmetrical spaces as more attractive. Follow the tips above as you work on the rooms in your own home. By incorporating balance into the framework of your design, you can create a space that everyone will find pleasing, regardless of their favorite style.”http://freshome.com/2014/09/29/why-our-brains-love-symmetry-in-design/