Interior planning is one aspect which is detrimental to a room`s functionality, in many cases this can have a positive or negative effect on the usability of a room. If furniture is placed in a symmetrical manner this can enhance functionality and appeal, a belief held by many Interior Designers including; Lawrence Llewlyn Bowen. In a BBC programme known as Design Rules presented by Lawrence Llewlybn Bowen, he investigates the link between human facial symmetry and symmetry in interior design.
In a biological sense facial symmetry helps animals to distinguish between something which is alive and something which is dead. Richard Gregory CBE FRS, Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol said; “If you`ve got a symmetrical face it means it`s got a pretty good genetic basis. That there aren’t a lot of imperfections in the genetic coding, so to speak.” There is a distinguishable link between facial symmetry and finding an ideal mate.
“The way in which people respond to facial symmetry is a positive one, like the symmetry in faces this could spread to the enjoyment of symmetry in other things like objects”, explains Dr Ione Fine, University of California, San Diego.
When planning to furnish a bedroom Lawrence advises the following;
1.Think about storage-you need to distinguish between the things which you want and the things which you need.
2.Position of storage furniture- furniture which restricts natural light can darken a room and create a negative impact on you décor.
3.What is your focal point?- In every room you will always have a focal point whether it is a window blind, wall paper, lamp etc. In a bedroom, at sitting level you are immediately drawn to a central position also known as point of interest, so care and attention is needed to bring karma and a special je ne sais quoi to your bedroom décor.
What is the focal point in this bedroom setting?
4.How many functions does your bedroom have?- too many functions can lead to an over-crowded feel, for example, shelving can store books, ornaments and also clothing, storing all three can be quite chaotic.
5.Objects are a testament to life experiences so to relish an experience, your most prized possessions must take centre stage.
6.North facing windows can also be a point of interest, especially symmetrically balanced windows.
7.For a bit of Feng Shui-typically your bed should be in front of the bedroom door so you can see who is entering the room.
8.Feng Shui furniture position- think about the location of your bed, in Feng Shui terms your head should be supported by a wall and your feet should face away from the door.
In a lounge setting…….
1. Establish a focal point- the fire place now competes with the TV. The TV should ideally be placed at a focal point (please see the diagram below.)
2. If a focal point is impossible to find- find balance/ symmetry by placing an object at two opposing corners. To create balance you could place a TV in one corner and then in the other you could place an armchair (of a similar height).
3. Coordination- carefully coordinated objects can add personality and character to a room.
4. What can you see in your eyeline?- think about standing level and sitting level. For example, establish a focal point for each section ( think about the proportions of the human body).
5. How to decorate a fireplace- take scale and proportion into consideration, increase the size of the fireplace by one third “perfection is measured in thirds” a theory used by the Ancient Greeks. To have a fireplace which is proportioned equally, two thirds should cover the complete height of the fireplace. Then one third should be used as a guide to help you design the top half of your fire place. For more information please see BBC Design Rules: Interior Planning (clip above).