Jan 4, 2011

Make an Entrance with Symmetry!

What makes a fabulous entrance?
A clearly defined path
suggests "welcome" to the first-time visitor.
In the house above, the "weight" is balanced to 
left and right - even though it is not obviously symmetrical.
{The huge tree and spiky grass is balanced by a 
very large expanse of open grassed ground.}
But here, symmetry has been obviously used 
to centre the resulting very defined front path. 
{Much easier to work with obvious symmetry, 
but often a well balanced weight can be 
more exciting.}
In Vicki Archer's wonderful garden in Provence, 
symmetry has been used to rest the eye.
Yet this is not a central front path 
that leads to an obvious destination.
So it creates a sense of mystery. 
The journey from gate to door can become
the mystery itself, as in this example,
where the views are only revealed
at each 90 degree turn. 
Gorgeous, yes?
And when one finally gets to the 
destination of the front door,
it is wonderful to have something 
fun for the visitor to look at, 
while they are waiting for the door to be opened. 
Here, it is a Grecian patterned screen 
with a gold bowl hovering over a pond,
as well as stunningly beautiful front doors. 
Or it can be a shot of unexpected colour,
like this fabulous Chartreuse front door,
that provides the element of fun for waiting guests.
Symmetry is used to balance the crazy colour 
with an equally bold black and white graphic wallpaper each side.
And once inside, it is exciting to 
continue the theme from the exterior. 
{This is the same house as the courtyard image above.}
The screened hall table echoes the Grecian screen outside,
and the olive-toned leaves repeat the oak timber of the doors. 

So whatever your front entrance theme is, 
have some fun with it, and let symmetry 
be your guide to make it a treat for the eye.  

11 comments:

  1. This was simply FABULOUS! Well written and an inspirational thought process for sure :) Nice job!!

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  2. Fabulous post! Lovely landscape inspiration too and i just love that green door! Happy New Year btw. XX

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  3. Stumbled upon your place while blog surfing this evening. Love pic #4! Glad I stopped in...following now...K

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  4. Butiful and inspiering! Thank you for sharing!


    I love your blog and have been following you for a while. Now I want to invite you and your readers to my blog!

    I am trying out comments in english.

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  5. Happy first week of the year Virginia! I look forward to following you more closely in 2011.

    Beautiful walkways to beautiful homes. Isn't Vicky Archer's home something extra!

    ox, Mon

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  6. So beautiful! I love a path that leads to the front door. The Provence garden is magnificent!

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  7. Ah man, these houses make me drool. Now I want a Chartreuse front door!

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  8. I love the inspiration here in your blog! You got great taste!
    Nina

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  9. beautiful images! Happy Monday!

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  10. Virginia! GOOD DAY! Oh, what a magnificent blog you have!!!! THANK YOU FOR COMING TO VISIT ME! I see a lot of my pals from the U.S. came to see you as well.....you are always welcome to come over and DREAM in BLUE.....Anita

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