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This Creative Director's Home Plays with Symmetry, Scale, and Color in Unexpected Ways

A modern kitchen with globe pendants over the island.

Playful, unpretentious, aspirational, inspiring, and brilliantly down-to-earth—stepping into Creative Director Joanna Bean Martin’s home is like experiencing all of the best parts of an art museum. Colorful and light-filled, her 3,000-square-foot dwelling is full of fun details and bold design choices that play with scale and symmetry in unexpected ways. Scroll below to be smitten by her style + space while simultaneously getting a lesson on the modern use of color.

A modern kitchen with an arched entryway.

Mid century cabinet hardware in a modern kitchen.

1. Play with Scale

Playing with proportions creates a sense of harmony and balance within a space. By styling with objects of varying sizes that share a common design element or color, you can create a cohesive and unified look that ties the room together.

In the kitchen above, the large Dish Knobs contrast the sleek cabinetry while complementing the curves and color of the arched entryway. 


Pro Tip: Pair oversized artwork with petite accent pieces or a sculptural, statement-making chandelier for a visually balanced but unexpected look. 

  A brass Gillespie Chandelier over a dining table.

2. Create Symmetry

Symmetry is often achieved by creating a central focal point in a room. Some of the easiest ways to incorporate this style into your home is through artwork, furniture, or a light fixture

Since modern symmetry is all about simplicity and minimalism, look for clean lines in your decor and architecture to create a visually balanced space while repeating design elements (such as shapes, colors, and patterns) to add an unexpected + inspiring touch.  


Pro Tip: Lighting is a key element in achieving symmetry. Use multiple light sources throughout a room to create balance and avoid having one side of the room feeling darker than the other.


A modern open kitchen with wall sconces above the window.

Stained glass windows in a modern home.

3. Embrace Bold Color Pops 

The simplicity and sheer impact of painting a part of your home is a design tip to take note of. Below, Joanna opted for a rich spruce green to keep the space feeling fresh and modern. The placement of the white Eduard Sconce helps draw the eye up while adding a sculptural element to this colorful corner.  


Pro Tip: Never underestimate the power of paint—experiment with accent walls, or consider painting furniture, doors, or kitchen cabinetry in a vibrant new hue. 


Last but not least, remember that the key to thoughtful design is to create a space that reflects your personality and style. Have fun with it and don't be afraid to experiment with looks and feels right for you. 


A spruce green cabinet corner and accent wall with brass cabinet pulls.

A spruce green Gantry Pendant in an entryway.

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Source List:

Contractor: Peter Loda, IndiFab Design + Construction

Cabinets: Big Branch Woodworking

Paint color: Benjamin Moore Atrium White, Winter Sage

Faucet: Rubinet

Stained Glass Door: Designed by Joanna, Built by Peter Loda


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