Home Staging and the rules of arrangement.
My husband and I often discuss the arrangement of things. Yes, we have better things to talk about, but since I am constantly moving and changing things around, tweaking this and incorporating that, he has some very definite ideas about certain things. For instance, last night we were discussing a tall, stand-up shadow box that in his mind was at such a precarious angle it offended his sensibilities…it “hurt” him. When re-arranging the three (3) frames to fix the problem, he did a front-middle-back placement that he had “learned.” He said “you’ve got to…” and I said “unless it looks bad.”
My point here is this: There are great general guidelines that help when arranging things. Use an odd number of items, vary height and width and weight of objects, pick one element to keep the same (color, texture, style) and vary another element. When arranging frames, keep them all the same material and color. The list goes on and on…The guidelines are excellent starting points, but rules don’t always work. Always filter a rule with your own eye…In the case of my husband’s arrangement, front-middle-back did not work with the frames we had. The visual weight of our shadow box needed to be balanced by placing the other two frames at the same depth.