Asymmetry: How a Design Challenge Can Become a Design Advantage
Sometimes homeowners and their designers are faced with asymmetrical design challenges due to the original architectural layout of the space. As professional interior designers, we look to achieve a balanced composition that feels stable and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. While some of its elements might be focal points and attract your eye, no one area of the composition outweighs the other, offering balance to the entire space. Asymmetry in the space’s original layout may seem like a test for the skills of the designer. However, they actually offer opportunities for a great layout that is unique to the space.
Art placement, window treatments, careful spatial planning, and the use of the right furniture are but a few options we use to balance out what may seem like a room or home that seems to have a disproportionate use of space. Arranging both positive elements and negative space in such a way that no one area of the design overpowers other areas. Everything works in unison and fits together in a seamless whole. Each individual part contributes its design function but doesn’t try to become the sum.
Being creative and open to possibilities is often key in making asymmetry work to your advantage. Working closely with our clients and vendors gives us the information, ideas, thoughts, and material to creatively overcome a challenging, asymmetrical layout.
About Jarret Yoshida: Jarret Yoshida is the Principal of one of the most well-known New York interior design firms today. He draws on his Japanese interior decorator heritage and years of experience to create environments that are tailored to his clients’ needs and designed to make them feel comfortable, relaxed, and happy.