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Quick Design Tip - Rule of 3

The Rule of Three in decorating means that odd-numbered groupings look better and more natural than even-numbered groupings.


Sounds ‘odd’ (wink, wink), but it is true!


This little home design trick can go a long way, working on anything from decorating shelves to mantles to pillows to artwork and even lighting (particularly pendant lighting). Look around your home. You might already be doing it and you didn’t even know you are a design genius!



When styling décor on tables, shelves, mantles, counter tops… keep everything grouped in threes (or 5 – 7 depending on how much space you have to work with). Make an effort to select three objects that go together. Feel free to choose objects with different finishes, colors, or sizes (as long as they complement the overall décor of the space). But, be sure to vary the heights of the objects as it adds to the visual interest.




When hanging artwork, try a grouping of 3, 5, 7 or 9 if your space allows. I often like to use the same style frame in groupings to achieve a clean, simple look. But varying the frames can work as well as long as they complement each other and the overall feel of the space.



Pillows are a fun way to bring in different colors and textures to your space. But I still like to stick with the Rule of Three. Arrange 3 pillows on one side of our sofa and one larger pillow on the other side. In bedrooms, you can go crazy with 5 – 7 pillows on your bed. But again, varying the sizes, finishes, textures and colors is what you will want to do.


The rule of three is a great way to add a fresh, designer feel to your space, and to make simple choices feel stylish and intentional. And the best part is you can easily do it with items you probably already have on display.


But, don't arrange three things on every surface you own!!

Too much of a good thing isn’t always good! So true!



Happy decorating!

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