Interior design - Symmetry
September 14, 2020

I know that the majority of people seek out and crave symmetry. I get it, but all I ask of you is to choose at least one opportunity to embrace asymmetry too! Why go for the uneven bars? Uneven means more difficult, but high risk means high reward. If you want special, know that your eye also likes when spaces and placement is unpredictable. It Is important to have a mixture of symmetry and asymmetry.

A great example of symmetry is in furniture placement- one chair on each side of a centrally located sofa or two sofas facing inwards, planking a cozy fireplace. These are beautiful and perfect layouts.


It Doesn’t NEED to be Symmetrical!

Perfection can also be found in imperfection; can we at least agree on that? There can be balance between symmetry and asymmetry, whether it is a wall feature, a ceiling feature or furniture placement in a room. Open up your heart and your mind to the unexpected balance of asymmetry! I know that this is a challenge for most people, but if you want to have the WOW factor, then please be willing to make the symmetry jump!

Opportunities for asymmetry

  • Furniture size and placement
  • Art: scale and placement
  • Lighting: floor lamp on one side of a sofa, table lamp on the other, not all main fixtures need to be centered in a room- highlight your piano or other major pieces!
  • Custom millwork- wall features
  • Accessories on built-in shelves, tabletops, or surfaces
  • Pillows: odd number arrangements, 3 pillows on one side of the sofa, 1 pillow on the other side

xo dsv


Written by Danielle Saintard Valiente

Danielle Saintard Valiente is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and community advocate in the Cape Fear region. As owner of Port City Design Group, Danielle is living her passion by collaborating with her clients and subcontractors in order to execute one-of-a-kind, life changing designs, while making lifelong relationships. Having lived in Wilmington since 2010, Danielle plans to contribute to the area's growth and continue to make an impact through design.

About Port City Design Group

Port City Design Group is an interior design firm that creates experiences through the turnkey presentation of luxury residential and commercial interiors. PCDG brings communication and organization to the jobsite, while taking the stress off of the client, with an efficient and enjoyable process. With a facility over 4000 square feet, PCDG operates with an office and warehouse all in house, with the ability to take all projects from start to finish, with a BIG REVEAL at the end!