An Interior Designer’s Best Kept Secret: Visual Triangles | Home Styling 101 Episode 5

An Interior Designer’s Best Kept Secret: Visual Triangles | Home Styling 101 Episode 5


In this video I’m going to show you how to
fix two of the most common decorating mistakes using visual triangles. Of course, first I’m going to need to show
you what a visual triangle is. This is a more advanced strategy, but stick
with me because it will make decorating so much easier for you and I know you can do
this. Welcome to Home Styling 101. I’m Jackie Hernandez and in this series, I’m
going to teach you how to arrange your home décor and home accessories. A visual triangle is a way of thinking about
arranging your décor so that when you look at it head on, it creates the shape of a triangle. I’ve got three examples for you here. Our three finials are creating a visual triangle. Tallest in the middle tapering out to the
sides. Our stack of books with an object on top is
another type of visual triangle. Back here, we’ve got the globe, the candle,
and the vase, that are also creating a visual triangle. You can use visual triangles like these to
fix décor that looks haphazard or cluttered. One mistake I often see people make with their
décor is arranging a bunch of things together that are all too similar in height. The result is a very boxy arrangement without
a lot of visual interest. We want to use the concept of visual triangles
to fix this décor mistake. I’m going to use one of the tricks that I
shared in the video about elevating your décor. In this case, I’m going to use two different
height candle sticks to change the height of these jars. Once I’ve done that, we can rearrange this
décor like so and with that simple change, we’ve taken what was a boxy lifeless arrangement
and created a really nice visual triangle. The second mistake I often see is what I call
the mountain range effect, where all of your décor is lined up and it goes up and down
and up and down creating a mountain range. It’s simply because you don’t know how to
visually arrange the décor. Nothing is wrong with any of the décor up
here and it can all look great together, you just have to know how to arrange it. This mountain range effect happens a lot on
shelves, mantles, and when you’re trying to work in picture frames. Let me show you in this example how to use
visual triangles to fix the mountain range effect. You want to start with your tallest object
in the center and then you’re going to taper out to the sides. We’re going to take the second tallest finials
and move him over here. In this scenario, these frames are basically
the same size, and I want to change it up a little bit, so I’m going to use a plate
rack to give this guy a little bit extra height over here. When we do that, he becomes the second tallest
on that side and we’re tapering out. We’ll put this guy here, and you don’t have
to quite be literal about putting the shortest things on the ends of your arrangement, you
can layer them in the front a little bit, but we still have an overall visual triangle
happening here. Just with those few teaks, we already have
a much better looking arrangement. Once you get your basic visual triangle figured
out, you can play around with the staggering and don’t be afraid to stagger your items
and layer them a little bit to create some more interest and depth in the arrangement. That’s how you fix the mountain range effect
with visual triangles. There’s two more advanced tips I want to quickly
touch on about visual triangles. When I taught you to create a visual triangle,
I showed you how to make a symmetrical visual triangle. As you get more practice and get a little
more advanced, I want you to try creating asymmetrical visual triangles as well. That’s where your tallest item is off to one
side and you taper down to the other side. This type of arrangement also looks really
great. The second type is for arrangements that you
can see from all sides like on a coffee table or a dining table. It’s helpful to think of a visual cone instead
of a visual triangle. Put your tallest item in the center and then
you want to taper out radiating around that piece creating a visual cone. Visual triangles bring visual order to your
décor. I want you to try using visual triangles everywhere. From your night stands, to your dining table,
to your book shelves. This video was just an introduction to visual
triangles, and we’re going to talk about them more again later in this series. Now, download the Try This At Home styling
recipe with detailed instructions so that you can try this tip in your home.

11 thoughts on “An Interior Designer’s Best Kept Secret: Visual Triangles | Home Styling 101 Episode 5

  1. Good instruction,will be using your hints from now on.. big difference in pleasing the eye! BIG THANKS🎓👑👒🧢🎩
    BEST,
    CHERYL🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦

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