Thursday, November 13, 2008

A ReRun

I'm trying to get some big projects started since we should have a few days of "spray paint weather." I didn't want to leave you without a post so I thought I'd share a tip that I posted back when my blog wasn't even a month old. I use this tip every time I put together a vignette.

You've heard the decorating tip that when you group objects together you should group in odd numbers because it's more pleasing to the eye. But, do you know the importance of the triangle in design? I read this tip years ago and it has proved to be very helpful. When I put together a vignette and stand back to admire my work, if something looks just a little off, I use the triangle rule. Does my design form a triangle? Does it have the proper height and balance? Usually if I rearrange things, keeping this rule in mind, it makes the difference between "just okay" and "just right!"

So next time your display doesn't quite have the WOW factor that you're looking for, remember the power of the triangle. If you recall those days from high school algebra, you know that all triangles are not created equal. The beauty of this rule is that your design can form an equilateral, isosceles, right(or left) triangle and it works. You can even layer your triangles for more flare. It's all about height and balance.
AAAHHH! Triangle Power!

23 comments:

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

I never knew the triangle rule but do always group in odd numbers. Thanks for the tip

Blanca said...

Awesome I will remember that next time I'm rearranging. Have a great day.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I never thought about it but I do tend to form triangles.

Love your blog!

Wendy said...

Ah yes, I use that rule too! Oh and I love your placesettings in the previous post. Very pretty!

Sandy Toes said...

I did not know the triangle rule..thank you!!!
-sandy toes

Blissful Nikki said...

this is such a great tip! I had no idea!! I always put things in 3s or 5s, but I really like the idea of the triangle....im off to go re-arrange stuff all over my house now! lol :)

Darlene said...

I had not heard that rule but I will be checking things out around the house now.....lol

Michelle said...

Thanks for the tip....

Letti said...

I have heard of placing things using odd numbers but I love the triangle idea. I can't wait to try it.

ceekay said...

I think I have heard of this before, but forgot. Thanks for the reminder! Everything looks beautiful...great idea for the leaves!!

Holly said...

Knew the odd numbers, now I'll have to remember the triangle rule too. Thanks! Love your pretty place setting, too.

Kacey R. said...

Great tip! Thanks! I hope you get spray painting weather soon. :o)

Shirlee said...

Hi Joy, I'm very vignette challenged and need all the help/tips I can get.
I had to smile when I read that you're waiting for a few good days of spray paint weather. Even though I'm not an avid sprayer, I do have to wait for those less than windy days to do so. I see you got a couple of lamps done the other day though. I rarely see lamp pairs, you were very fortunate to find not one, but two pairs. I'm convinced you live in a thrifters paradise since you tend to find such great stuff.
I shouldn't have stopped blogging so I could show you the awesome chandelier I found last weekend. I took some of the pieces off, cleaned it and taped off the electrical so it's ready for a black satin paint job. The weather turned on me, so now I wait.
If you want to drop me an email, I'll send you a before pic.
shirlee1122@yahoo.ca

Take care and thanks for keeping in touch.
Shirlee

Ashlie said...

That's a great tip. I never really thought about it, but I do tend to arrange things with what I call "symmetry." I guess I was using the triangle rule and didn't even know it!

salmagundi said...

Thanks for the reminder - there is something pleasing to the eye about odd numbers!! Sally

Cottage Rose said...

What a great idea, I have not heard about the triangle rule either. I think I will give it a go tomorrow.
thanks for the tip..

Hugs;
Alaura

Amber said...

That is a good tip! Never have heard it before, but things do look so much better that way!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Great reminder :)!! If you get a sec, would you mind checking out a design dilemma I'm having over at my blog? I love how you decorate, and sure could use some advise!! :)

Thanks,
Stacey

Blissful Nikki said...

Hey, I also wanted to tell you, I am having a giveaway over at my blog, I would love for you to come check it out! :)

JuJu and Family said...

I need more tables, shelves, bookcases, etc!!! Triangle, Triangle, Siss Boom Bah.
OKAY, I'm obviously very tired...Good idea. I'll have to put it into use more. Take care

Susie Harris said...

Hope you get alot done this weekend. Now when you finish you can knock all of our socks off with your great ideas. Im still in awe of that door/desk yall made. Ready to sell it yet? Im sure your son wouldnt miss it too much, ha!

Southern Fried Gal said...

I'm all about the triangle rule. Sometimes I think I get a little OCD with it - ha!

Tiffy Wiffy said...

still no internet @ home, but i'm catching up on your blog and I don't know how I live w/o it! I finally moved into the new home and am in the process of decorating it. I may look for your professional opinion soon. hubby & i are having decorating clashes. I'm very traditional and he's very rustic. He wants to put antlers on top of my curio cabinet that holds my angel collection!! He's gone mad! any how, I don't know how you are soo full of ideas and interesting "out of the cone" concepts.

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