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Rule of thirds

Published on
08 March 2021

In art there is something called the rule of thirds. When u purchased one of our wall mount 3 series this might become interesting. Sure, you can mount them any way you like, fitting your available space. But when you don’t want them in a straight line the rule of thirds could give you some guidance. In this post we’ll give u some information about the rule of thirds.

  • What is the rule of thirds
  • Asymmetric compositions
  • Play with compositions on the ground before mounting
  • Draw and cut out your composition

What is the rule of thirds?

The rule of thirds dictates that if you divide any composition into thirds, vertically and horizontally, and then place the key elements of your image along these lines or at the junctions of them, the arrangement achieved will be more interesting, pleasing and dynamic. 

This rule is used frequently by photographers, but also painters and artists, who use the rule of thirds mostly for landscapes. However, it also works for a variety of other subject matter including still lifes, figures, portraits and even placing wall mounts.


It’s mostly known as a tool for composing landscapes. In this painting by Pierre Henri de Valenciennes, the horizon is placed in the lower thirds, and the large mass of mountains and scenery is placed in the left section, to create a more dynamic scene.

Asymmetric compositions

The main function of the rule of thirds is to help create asymmetric compositions. If the elements in a picture are centred and too balanced, it becomes boring. If the images are offset using the rule, the asymmetry and counterbalance of elements creates a much more dynamic picture.

Play with compositions

Play with your composition on the floor before mounting. Carefully put them on a big peace of paper. You can use a album cover with each mount to determine the space between them. In this way you can place them in a more interesting way.

Rule of thirds
At my own living room, the first demo wall mounts we made, positioned according to the rule of thirds
Rule of thirds composition

Draw and cut out your composition, use the rule of thirds

When you are happy with your comp you could draw them on your big piece of paper beneath. Cutout the forms and place the composition on the wall. Now you can determine where your mounts will be placed before mounting them. We think this guide will help you getting them in the right place.

Be careful not to draw your total shapes on the wall. You could end up with the lines still visible after mounting you’re wall mounts. We’ll sent an instruction manual along with each product to mount them the right way.

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