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Rules of three

The rules of threes: Why You should know it, Love it and use It

Let’s face it, we are not found of rules and that we SHOULD follow this or that, so lets call them the “Guideline of Threes”. Because there is a good reason there weren’t six blind mice. And that same reason can help you create a pleasing home that’s not only functional, but also has visual depth and satisfaction.

The guidelines of threes are pretty simple, that things arranged in odd numbers are more tempting, notable and effective than even-numbered groupings. In many cultures three is the magic number, but, 5,7, or 9 work nicely as well. The foundation of this theory holds weight in interior design, however this pops up in graphic design, photography, storytelling, etc…(a real thing, not just mythology)

Why all the fuss about odd numbers? Well, here it comes into play our “thinker” (brain). Because three is the smallest number that can be used to form a distinguishable pattern in our heads. Also, when you see an odd number of things, your eyes are forced to move around more, which makes for a more interesting visual experience.

Here are a couple of ways to harness the power in your own home:

 

Artwork

When hanging artwork or decor, two of one thing is merely a couple. Three items — like the cowboy hats above — automatically make it a collection.

VIGNETTES

Choose three objects of varying height to style stuff on tabletops, nightstands and any other surface.

FURNITURE & DECOR

If you have a little area that feels off, choose three items to fill the space. This chair, cabinet, and artwork all fall at different heights and look great in this section of the room.

COLOR & TEXTURE

Choosing only two colors, tones or shades in a room can make it feel flat and not fully dimensional. A third takes the space to a different place that feels fuller and more complete.

Artwork

The same goes for gallery walls, like this one comprising seventeen hanging pieces.

VIGNETTES

Clusters of things can be grouped or highlighted in odd numbers as well. In this case, the largest of the things in this arrangement — the lamp, clock and plant — form a triangle that works.

FURNITURE & DECOR

Think how different this space would feel without that lamp on the side — a small but significant addition. Any easy symmetry and perfect balance is offset by the tension and energy that the lamp provides.

COLOR & TEXTURE

There isn’t a lot of color variation in this living room, which could get old pretty quick. It’s saved from looking blah by varied textures in three major elements in the space: the slatted wall, linen sofa, and nubby rug.

So, the rule of threes is something to try when you are fiddling around with your stuff at home.

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