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The Power of Visual Triangles

Do you want to give your home a sense of balance and harmony? Then, you will have to master the power of Visual Triangles. But don’t you worry, it’s not as tedious a task as it sounds.

The basis of the principles behind a Visual Triangle is the use of valleys and peaks.

Peaks are known to add strength and a sense of purpose to a room.

Valleys are to provide pause or rest and an opportunity to breathe.

This concept creates a proportionate and a harmonious grouping which is pleasing to the eye. You could use this method in any part of your home - from styling shelves, to credenzas, coffee tables, end tables and the dining table.

In order to bring calm and balance to a space we need to be able to group objects based on –

(1) their height,

(2) the relationship they have with each other,

(3) the other elements that are in play that will add or emphasis those objects to ensure there is no disconnect between the objects; and

(4) what additional items can balance or separate objects of extremely different heights to enable the eye to gradually step up and down rather than jumping around from one to another giving a feeling of clutter and business.

A Visual Triangle is a simple concept where you arrange your décor to create a triangle. Didn’t we say it was easy?

So, how do we go about getting there? There are two methods –

1. Symmetrical Visual Triangle :

- Starting with the tallest object (the peak) and tapering down by adding shorter objects (the valley) to each side. Ideally, use overlapping shapes to add more interest, visually.

- Placing the tallest object in the center, then adding an equal number of objects on each side.

- Nestling the objects together to increase the visual weight of the arrangement.

- It is important to vary the heights of these objects by avoiding similar-sized objects -which has effect of giving off boxy and lifeless visuals that does not invoke any interest.If in case the objects you have at home are similar in size then there are quick fixes to achieve this concept. Simply, elevate the objects - for example, try placing them on stack of books, tiered boxes, photo frames or even on a vase/bowl used as a pedestal by turning upside down.

2. Asymmetrical Visual Triangle :

This is a method that adds a bit more interest than the symmetrical method.

- Placing the tallest item off to one side instead of placing in the center.

- Adding objects with varying heights and shapes (shorter) to the middle (in front of the tallest objects) and to the other side.

Another fun way to use this concept is to create multiple visual triangles by placing multiple groups of objects around a focal point (such as an art piece, sofa or a light fitting).

There you go! Now, you have mastered the power of visual triangle – happy styling and may the power be with you!

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