How to Create Symmetry in a Room

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Symmetry adds sophistication, balance, and a sense of calm to any space. Here's how to get it.

Top decorators love to use pairs to make a room feel polished and put together. Great news! This trick is easy to master. Here are a few tips.

  • When you find an end table or a lamp that you like, always buy two. On its own, an Ikea table lamp may look cheap, but paired with another on a console, you've got a totally chic look.
  • Extend a space (and create oodles of depth) by pairing twin mirrors on opposite walls.
  • Flank a pair of dining chairs on either side of a sideboard against the wall of your front hall. Not only does it look glamorous and grown up, but they will provide extra seating for dinner parties.

Nestpert Kevin Lichten, AIA is a founder and principal of Lichten Craig, a New York architecture and design firm. Find out more at