Do you like displays to be perfectly symmetrical or do you prefer them to feel a little more random and casual?
I definitely fall into that random and casual category.
But just because a display is casual and a little random, doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be balance.
But creating that balance can be a little intimidating, right?
If a candlestick is on the left, does a vase look okay over on the right? And if three books are stacked up over on the right – how many books should be stacked up on the left? Should there be books on the left? And what about that empty space…
We’re such over-thinkers, aren’t we?
I usually like to start with a focal point (often times some sort of seasonal floral and whatever vessel of choice to hold them) placed off-center and work from there.
Take the mantel this fall, for example.
I started with glass bottles and fall branches off to the left side. With their color and height, the branches definitely make a focal point, so to keep the eye from “sticking” in that one spot, I placed a stack of books off to the right to draw the eye down and over.
And because I used clear bottles to hold those branches, I added just a couple of books to their side as well to help them feel like they’re carrying the same amount of “weight” visually.
A few fall-hued votive holders add subtle detail (I almost always have to have candlelight of some sort on my mantel – it’s just my thing). Again – the dark, solid color of the bronze holders carries more visual weight than the mercury holder, so I used them opposite the branches since the branches are still the main focal point.
The bronze detail of the mercury votive holder on the left side communicates with the other two over on the right to feel cohesive, but not too matchy-matchy.
And an antler adds an extra dose of fall texture to finish it all off.
I like to leave a little space in my displays – it gives off a calmer, cleaner vibe to me – but that’s the beauty of creating these casual little moments around your house – you can easily add and take away as the mood strikes.
Happy decorating, friends!