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STYLING YOUR BED…AND THE RULE OF THIRDS

IF YOU POKE AROUND THE BEDROOM PHOTOS ON WEBSITES, BLOGS AND  PINTEREST ENOUGH..AND YOU WILL BEGIN TO SEE THAT THE “QUINTESSENTIAL” PHOTO OF A BED…..

PINTEREST - NICK OLSON
PINTEREST – NICK OLSON
DECORISTA BEAUTIFUL HOME IN SOUTH AFRICA
DECORISTA BEAUTIFUL HOME IN SOUTH AFRICA

IS ACTUALLY IS THAT OF …HALF A BED…WITH THE requisite ingredients:  A GREAT LAMP, A SIMPLE BUT BEAUTIFULLY STYLED DRESSER OR BED SIDE TABLE, perhaps with just a bouquet of fresh picked flowers or a hairbrush…AND often but not always SOMETHING surprising ABOVE THE BED…

LE FASHION IMAGE
LE FASHION IMAGE
P B TEEN
P B TEEN

..loving the gold….

HGTV
HGTV

this wallpaper is dreamy….

MIMSIE WHIMSY
MIMSIE WHIMSY

…ARE YOU SEEING A PATTERN HERE?…I HAVE SURMISED THAT IN ADDITION TO THE FACT THAT WE DO NOT NEED TO SEE THE WHOLE BED TO APPRECIATE IT…I ALSO THINK THESE IMAGES ARE ATTRACTIVE TO US BECAUSE ALL OF THESE PHOTOS EMPLOY THE RULE OF THIRDS WHICH IS WHERE SCIENCE AND ART MEET….

RULE OF THIRDS...OUR EYES GRAVITATE TOWARD THE AREAS CIRCLED..IN ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, DECOR...
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPY SCHOOL.COM SAYS-‘T he theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally. Studies have shown that when viewing images that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot – using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it.”

IT MAKES SENSE….I HAVE ALWAYS LIKED THINGS A LITTLE OFF CENTER…COMPARE THESE TWO SHOTS OF THE SAME BED…..

POTTERY BARN
POTTERY BARN
POTTERY BARN OFF CENTER
POTTERY BARN OFF CENTER

…IS ONE MORE APPEALING TO YOU EYE?

skonahem
skonahem

I FIRST LEARNED ABOUT THE RULE OF THIRDS IN A PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS…BUT I BELIEVE IT APPLIES TO ALL IMAGE APPRECIATION AND FURNITURE PLACEMENT IN A ROOM…

DECOR PAD
DECOR PAD

…the aqua bedside table is such a lovely surprise

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DECORISTA – ONCE SOMEONE TOLD ME ABOUT THE RULE OF THREES (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE “RULE OF THIRDS” )…. BUT THAT THE PERFECT STYLING RECIPE IS THREE ITEMS…NOT FOUR AND NOT TWO..BUT THREE LIKE THE FLOWERS, PHOTO AND BOWL COMBO.
DECORISTA
DECORISTA
STACY AND CHARLIE - GREAT BEDROOM MAKEOVER POST!
STACY AND CHARLIE – GREAT BEDROOM MAKEOVER POST!

 

I LOVE BIG LAMPS….AND BLACK SHADES MAKE ME WEAK…

HOUZZ
HOUZZ

…pink and pretty…the oversized sconce and the lucite table keep it modern and sexy and  from being too sweet

decorista
decorista
MRS HOWARD PERSONAL SHOPPER
MRS HOWARD PERSONAL SHOPPER

…I love the Robert Abbey Triple Gourd lamp in pink…especially on the dark wall with the gray…

d2c4f75a2f82fcdee82f215d8867a1ba ….more gorgeous gold….JUST LUCIOUS…

simple details blog
simple details blog

..this bedroom was done for the One Room Challenge and I am absolutely crazy about this wallpaper….

design addict m
design addict
THE FOO DOG ATE MY HOMEWORK
THE FOO DOG ATE MY HOMEWORK

HERE IS A LOVELY FULL BED! I would be very happy in this bedroom…

PERIOD LIVING
PERIOD LIVING – I love this bed, but my EYE was drawn to the makeshift bedside take in the wall..and the simple white chair…..how about you?

The rule of thirds is fun…do I adhere to it all the time…absolutely not..but quite often accidentally. One of my BEST DECORATING TRICKS is that I will get a space or even a painting all finished and then I will take a photo…Sometimes standing and looking at the WHOLE space is too much for my tired brain to compute…but the finite quality of the photo enables me to SEE JUST the design and immediately I see what is working and often what is not and can tweak it.

THE PEAK OF TRES CHIC
THE PEAK OF TRES CHIC

Like most of you, I am not a trained Interior Designer, I am just me and I know what I like…but often cannot figure out how to get there. Simple things like the “rule of thirds” help clear out the mind clutter and enables me to focus on the task at hand whether it be where to place a painting on the wall or a dog on a canvas or a child in a photograph…for me now it is almost second nature…your eye gets trained with practice…and in the end…it makes me happy!

broderick bed - serena and lily
broderick bed – serena and lily
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