If so, you're probably one of those real designer-type people with diplomas or certificates and such.
If not, maybe you're like me and have done this instinctively because it looks right to your eye and doesn't require much thinking. I like that.
Or maybe you have no ding-dong idea what I'm talking about and you'll have a new trick up your sleeve after today.
The 3+1 decorating trick is something that I've always done without thinking and just recently found out is a real-deal decorating principal. It's a way to create balance in a display without having symmetry. The idea is that the visual weight of one large object can balance the visual weight of three smaller objects. It works REALLY well on a mantel. But it works other places too.
Like here. Three heavy candlesticks balance the one stick-filled jar.
Or here. Three candles balance one red urn.
It works on the wall too. Three white plates and one black birdcage.
How about this one? Three candleholder/jar thingys balance one BIG pineapple.
This is starting to feel a little like Sesame Street for decorators. Come on, everybody! Put on your best Grover voice and say it with me.
THIS IS NEAR!!!
AND THIS IS FAR!!!
I just realized that all of my arrangements have the one on the left and the three on the right. Hmmmmmmm... I wonder if that means something subconsciously? Regardless, it works the other way too.