Balance And Symmetry: Arranging Furniture With A Custom Sectional
Jun 19

Balance And Symmetry: Arranging Furniture With A Custom Sectional

Finding the Sweet Spot: Navigating Asymmetrical Spaces

When it comes to arranging furniture, we all dream of those perfectly balanced, symmetrical spaces that look like they were plucked straight from a design magazine. But the reality is, most of us are working with rooms that present a bit more of a challenge. Quirky architectural features, off-center windows, and lopsided layouts can make achieving that elusive visual harmony feel like an impossible task.

As someone who has dealt with my fair share of asymmetrical spaces, I know the struggle all too well. My current bedroom, for example, is a prime example of a room that refuses to play by the design rules. With a large window that’s decidedly off-center to the wall, arranging the furniture in a way that feels intentional has been a never-ending battle. But through trial and error, I’ve discovered a few tricks that have helped me create balance and symmetry, even in the most uncooperative of rooms.

Embrace the Asymmetry

One of the first lessons I’ve learned is that sometimes, fighting against an asymmetrical layout just isn’t worth the headache. In fact, leaning into the asymmetry and making it a deliberate design choice can often be the most successful solution. As Emily Henderson so eloquently put it, “symmetry is not the only way. And that off-centering things can actually be a design move to keep things interesting.”

Take, for example, the bedroom of designer Dabito of Old Brand New. Instead of trying to center his art above the bed, he’s purposefully hung it off-center, creating a dynamic and intentional look. By bringing in a large branch clipping to fill the visual void, he’s managed to make the asymmetry feel like a deliberate design choice rather than an oversight.

Finding Balance Through Textiles

If the idea of embracing asymmetry still doesn’t sit quite right, another approach is to use textiles to create the illusion of balance. Emily Henderson suggests adding a longer curtain rod or ceiling track and mounting it the same distance to the left as it is to the right of the bed, not the window. This allows you to add drapery panels that cover the wall behind the headboard and just a sliver of the actual window, creating the perception of a centered window.

For an even more dramatic effect, you could take a cue from designer Sarah Sherman Samuel and go for a full wall of drapery. By covering the entire wall, you create a cohesive, balanced look that draws the eye away from the asymmetrical window.

Striking a Pose with Roman Shades

If floor-to-ceiling drapery feels a bit too heavy for your taste, consider the clean-lined elegance of Roman shades. In my own bedroom, I’ve found that the rectangular shape of the Roman shade actually complements the off-center window quite nicely, creating a sense of balance without feeling too formal or fussy.

The key is to make sure the Roman shade is wide enough to extend past the edges of the window frame, which helps to visually center it. And by angling the shade slightly to one side, you can further enhance the intentional, asymmetrical look.

Artwork to the Rescue

Of course, no discussion of asymmetrical spaces would be complete without addressing the elephant in the room: artwork placement. It’s a common conundrum, and one that I’ve grappled with extensively in my own home. After all, how do you hang art in a way that feels balanced and purposeful when the underlying architecture is anything but?

One solution I’ve explored is using a single, large-scale piece of art to anchor the space. By choosing a statement-making work that spans the width of the window or bed, you create an instant sense of visual harmony, regardless of the room’s inherent asymmetry.

Alternatively, you could take a cue from Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool Home 2020 winner and opt for a gallery wall that extends beyond the edges of the window. The key here is to ensure that the artwork on either side of the window is visually weighted and balanced, so the eye is drawn to the intentional asymmetry rather than the lopsided architecture.

Leaning into the Unexpected

At the end of the day, the most important thing is to embrace the unique character of your space and find design solutions that feel true to your personal style. After all, Sofa Spectacular knows that the real magic happens when you blend function and fashion in a way that reflects your individuality.

So whether you choose to emphasize the asymmetry with bold, oversized art, create the illusion of balance with carefully curated textiles, or strike a pose with sleek Roman shades, the goal is to make the space your own. Because when it comes to design, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution – it’s all about finding the sweet spot where form and function collide.

Adapting to Quirky Layouts: Tips and Tricks

Of course, arranging furniture in an asymmetrical space is about more than just window dressing. You also have to contend with the practical challenges of fitting all your must-have pieces into a room that refuses to play by the rules.

One approach I’ve found particularly effective is to get creative with the placement of larger furniture, like a custom sectional sofa. Rather than trying to center the sofa directly in front of the window, consider angling it slightly to one side. This not only helps to balance the visual weight of the room, but it also opens up the space and creates a more conversational flow.

Another trick is to use the asymmetry to your advantage when it comes to seating arrangements. For example, if you have an off-center fireplace, you can position a pair of matching armchairs facing it, with a small side table or ottoman in between. This creates a cozy, intimate vignette that feels intentional, rather than like an awkward afterthought.

And don’t be afraid to get a little unconventional with your layout. As one Houzz user discovered, angling the rug slightly can be an effective way to balance an off-center fireplace, while still allowing for a centered sofa arrangement.

Bringing It All Together

At the end of the day, navigating an asymmetrical space is all about striking the right balance between form and function. It’s about embracing the unique character of your room and finding design solutions that feel tailored to your personal style.

Whether that means leaning into the asymmetry with bold, oversized art, creating the illusion of balance with carefully curated textiles, or getting a little unconventional with your furniture placement, the key is to approach the challenge with a open mind and a healthy dose of creativity.

After all, as Emily Henderson so wisely put it, “design should always feel intentional.” And with a little bit of effort and a lot of imagination, you can transform even the most lopsided of spaces into a true reflection of your personal style.

So why not embrace the unexpected and see where your design journey takes you? With a custom Sofa Spectacular as your canvas, the possibilities are truly endless.

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