Summer just seems to be flying by and I feel like it has just finally gotten started! I enjoyed cool ocean breezes and came home to upper 90′s and forest fires . . . ugh! Wouldn’t it be nice to live somewhere that has balance in the weather?!
Speaking of balance…. (how’d you like that lead in, hee hee)
Symmetry adds balance to design in all areas, especially the garden. While I enjoy a good cottage garden with it’s riot of movement and color, I think symmetry is needed in the “bones” of good garden design.
It can frame a focal point that otherwise would get lost, and helps draw the eye to what lies beyond.
We built our builder grade home in the middle of a pasture that had been subdivided into 1-1/2 acre parcels. Placed on an angle on the lot has caused me some design dilemmas. By adding fences and gates I’ve been able to create garden rooms, thus giving some sense of symmetry.
Now, if only I could find a hardy boxwood to create a garden like these!!
Symmetry can be created with well placed urns, trees, shrubs, or chairs. Notice how the furniture is equally placed, and the pool is the focal point or the dividing line.
I certainly could remain “balanced” lounging around this pool!
Okay, okay. . .
My spell check is demanding that I correct my spelling of “symmetry” and after reading the dictionary, I love the definition . . .
Similarity of form or arrangement on either side of a dividing line or plane; correspondence of opposite parts in size, shape, and position.
. . . excellence or beauty of form or proportion as a result of such correspondence.
. . . with the reference to the interrelation of parts to form an aesthetically pleasing whole.
. . . proportion implies a gracefulness, harmony implies an agreement, and balance to produce an aesthetic equilibrium in the whole.
The perfect example is an entrance . . .
Symmetry in interior spaces is especially pleasing to the eye! You can start with a pair of windows, a fireplace, or any other focal point and build around it.
Chairs, pillows, mirrors and lamps, when placed in pairs, will add that touch of balance, harmony and proportion to your home. Where have you added this design element to your home?
Lastly, I leave you with an image from Atelier de Campagne. They create some of the best vignettes using symmetry.
I am going to pick up two topiaries at my local nursery sale, and anything else I can find in pairs!
To learn more about the author, Cindy Gardner, visit French Grey