HOW TO APPLY THE “RULE OF THIRDS” IN FURNISHING

As in all visual arts, balance is very important in interior architecture. It is a matter of studying how to balance the visual “weight” of the elements. But a fundamental thing to know is that balance is created not only through a form, but also through color, imagination, and texture.

Do you think everything in the house should be arranged symmetrically? Are you worried that, if it’s not symmetrical, it might not seem balanced? Many of our customers are obsessed with symmetry. Symmetry plays an important role in interior design, we cannot deny it – two bedside tables with two corresponding lamps, for example – especially in classic furnishings, but it is the asymmetry that makes an interior interesting.

Essentially, for a successful furnishing, there must be a balance between symmetry and asymmetry.

Read on to learn more about what exactly asymmetry and the Rule of Thirds is, why it is important and how you can use it in your interior. We are sure that when you have finished reading, you will be ready to make some small “adjustments” that will make your home more interesting.

What is the Third Party Rule

Today we want to share with you a principle of photographic composition, which will help you become familiar with asymmetric dispositions. The method is useful for overcoming predictable, discounted models, sometimes boring in the layout of home furnishings.

The rule of thirds is a compositional guide among the best known and used by photographers, amateurs and professionals. If you are an artist, a graphic designer or a photographer, you know what we’re talking about. For all the others, an imaginary grid of nine sections is drawn: two horizontal lines and two vertical lines, arranged at 1/3 and 2/3. You may have seen this grid in the display of your digital camera.

The rule says that the main subject should be placed along these lines or their intersections. This will make the composition (and therefore the photography) more interesting for our eye.

Differences between the Golden Section and the Rule of Thirds

It is often said that the Rule of Thirds derives from the Golden Section of the ancient Greeks, a concept that most likely lies amidst the confused memories of art lessons learned at school. But in reality, they are two very different things.

  1. In a nutshell, the golden section is a proportion, a ratio of one element to another (to be precise, it is an irrational mathematical constant, of about 1.61).
  2. The rule of thirds is instead a useful method to insert elements in a composition, making sure to check where the viewer’s eye will rest. You may notice that this description of the rule of thirds does not speak or focus on proportion, which instead is the basis of the golden section.

Today we do not address the topic of the golden section, which is a bit complex. Instead, let’s see how the third party rule can be used for “good” interior design.

The rule of thirds for furnishing

Anyone who has brought home a new mirror or picture knows how difficult it can be on a wall. You think you are sure, that it will be perfect at that point, but when you put it there something is wrong.

Surely the easiest and fastest way is a symmetrical arrangement, but in this way, we would get a static and trivial environment (at least in most cases, then, of course, there are exceptions). Many people feel compelled to center all their furniture and accessories to make everything symmetrical. But asymmetry is the real key to having a personalized and welcoming environment. Too much symmetry makes a room seem monotonous, cold and uncomfortable.

The basics of asymmetrical furnishings include compositions based on avoiding repetition, typical of classic or traditional styles.

If the definition of asymmetry is “lack of symmetry”, this does not mean that it is also a lack of balance, as some mistakenly believe. We want you to feel more comfortable trying out some asymmetrical arrangements and we promise that they will still be in balance!

Here are some easy examples to apply the rule of thirds in furnishing and create asymmetrical compositions.

First of all, determine which part of your composition will have the greatest visual weight. Using a grid to create asymmetry will help you achieve the right balance.

This rule helps to visually “break” large areas, like the top of a long dresser, a buffet or a console. If you are trying to arrange objects and paintings on a piece of furniture of this type, proceed as follows: instead of placing the group of objects in the center, as would be spontaneous, try to put it at about 1/3 of the length of the piece of furniture. In this way, it will be more pleasing to the eye.

To create a balanced and symmetrical arrangement you should have positioned the main object in the center (for example a painting, a photo) and then double the objects around, to arrange them on both sides (example, two vases, two candles etc). If you use the rule of thirds, you just need to move the main object to one side and add some decorations to its side from only one side.

This is just an example of how you can use the third party rule to try some asymmetric arrangements.

Also for the arrangement of the paintings on a wall, before filling the wall with useless nails, consider the rule of thirds. Create more interesting compositions for your walls, dividing them into the imaginary grid.

There are several advantages to using this concept:

  • It is easy to use and understand.
  • Create a visual harmony.
  • The intersection points along the grid are easy to find.
  • It solves difficult situations in which asymmetrical arrangement would not work, because, for example, the room is not symmetrical, the wall is not regular and so on.
  • As with everything related to interior design, it is a flexible “rule” and adaptable to your needs.

Conclusions

Now that you understand the rule of thirds, are you ready to get started? Look around you too. It might be surprising to see how many places you can find this type of composition. Until you notice, it’s something you don’t notice.

Learn how to use the photography guideline, the rule of thirds, to furnish. Make your home more interesting with this simple trick.

In the gallery below, we show you other examples of how to use the third party rule.