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Who has heard of the rule of thirds?
This important rule says that most designs can be made more interesting by visually dividing a wall or a photo into thirds vertically and/or horizontally; and placing our most important elements within those thirds.
If you have a fireplace on a 12' wide wall, and perhaps the fireplace is 4' wide, well, you'd place the fireplace in the centre, leaving a 4' patch of wall on each side. Thereby dividing that wall in thirds.
Another important design concept is Visual Center and Balance. Placing important elements or the focal point of the design within the visual center of a piece is another design trick. We all know the actual centre of a photo is right in the middle of the shot. But, did you know the visual center is slightly to the right of and above the actual center of the photo? This is the area that our eyes are drawn to immediately.
This "rule" originally was developed by photographers to ensure every shot looks great. Don't we as designers, or homeowners want that as well? Basically when you are composing a photograph, or a wall, imagine two vertical lines and two horizontal lines dissecting your image into nine squares as shown below.
Placing your most important elements at one or more of the four intersections of those lines, helps create interesting photos or design.
Most balanced designs (and even unbalanced ones) rely on a grid. This invisible structure helps ensure that all the elements are placed in the right location, thereby achieving balance as well as helping with continuity and consistency of design. These are design principles that help the professional designer achieve visual balance.
If you'd like more info, please visit this great site at Photographytalk.com
If you'd love to have a visually balanced room, one that is truly pleasing to the eye, please email me at email@example.com
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6/10/2018 03:37:29 pm
Hi Jil - great tips! I didn't know about how the eye goes right and upwards to create its own visual center, but it makes so much sense! Linda
6/12/2018 05:12:34 pm
Thanks Linda, we're always learning it seems! Thank you for commenting!
6/12/2018 03:26:41 pm
This is a great and straightforward guide to Rule of Third. Thanks
6/12/2018 05:13:06 pm
Thanks so much Rachel!
6/13/2018 11:00:54 am
Great post Jil, I've never thought about it where photography was concerned but it may just improve my photography skills
6/13/2018 11:49:15 pm
Nice reminder. The rule of thirds I use all the time.
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