We’ve discussed the importance of symmetry in interior design
, and we’ve also discussed why humans are attracted to symmetry
, but here’s another question: Why do we dislike
things that don’t balance out?It’s weird, right? We instinctually understand – and can even scientifically explain – why we appreciate symmetry, but why does the absence of it make us so uncomfortable?A Wonky Interior Design Exercise
Imagine a room wherein furniture pieces are situated at random angles from one another and from the walls. You don’t have to see it to know you don’t like it.And, we know you prefer symmetry by default, but what about this arrangement is so bad?Part of the answer is that it’s not all about beauty and aesthetic pleasure – and that’s very interesting.Utility, Culture & Memory
When you wake up in the middle of the night and need a cool drink of water, can you navigate your way to the bathroom or kitchen without barking your shins?Chances are good that you can, and that’s because beauty (and interior design) really is more than skin deep.It’s hard to put these factors in order of importance, but utility, cultural influence
and habit play huge roles in our interior design choices. We want our living spaces to serve us; to serve our day-to-day needs in an efficient way, as well as serve as a reflection of our personalities and history.A Little Wonky Is Okay
Most of us like to feel unique, and to that end we try to express ourselves in ways that stand out from the crowd. No less is true of our interior design choices.But, is it possible to go too far?Arguably, you’ve hit the limit when your space is no longer efficient or comfortable. Some will say the look of a room is more important than the feel, but chances are good that person isn’t living in it.Be wonky, but stay comfy!