Use symmetry for a look that's pleasing to the eye.
Achieve balance by placing pairs of objects evenly spaced on either side of a centre point. Or opt for asymmetry, an edgier approach that contrasts an object or grouping with an empty space. In this living room by Montreal design team Les Ensembliers, pairs of artwork, leather chairs and lanterns form a symmetrical look. For contrast, the coffee table vignette and bowls atop the mantel are placed asymmetrically.
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