Thinking in threes is the key to success in your home decorating and styling. There are many ways to implement the rule of three in decorating, but I want to focus today on grouping objects in threes.
OBJECTS: Placing objects in groups of three (or five or seven for larger arrangements) also creates visual tension and keeps the eye moving about the room. Despite the odd number, the end result will look more balanced than if you just had a pair. Even within the three objects vary the height. Groups of three look great on a coffee table, mantle, or for pictures on the wall. ~ PROFESSOR RUE: Rule of Three, Rue Daily
For today’s interior styling tip on the rule of three, watch the short video below. Learn the simple trick to make groupings of three objects easy to put together and visually interesting!
I had too much fun putting this post together. It was an excuse to play with every vase, figurine, and object in my house :)
Only one vase got harmed in the making of this video :(
Have you been guilty of buying sets of three? I know I have. I actually made the set of three finials in the video, but I always split them up for display or use them in a larger arrangement.
loved the video thanks!
Loved the tips(and that shiny mushroom!). I think styling a shelf is one of the hardest parts d decorating. Latin out guidelines is really helpful. Excited for the rest of the tips:)
Diana, At one point I had three of those mushrooms (small, medium, and large) on my mantel. While rearranging, I broke the largest one :( Maybe it was meant to be. The medium and small one are still going strong!
Krista @ the happy housie says
I am a NUT about odd groupings… Mostly threes. Guess the cats outa the bag. Great tips Jackie!
Thank you so much for your tips, I had no idea that threes didn’t have to match. I will be watching every day.
So simple and practical! Now I regret replacing my living room shelves with a gallery wall. Although, as I type this I can see how these tips could apply to framed art as well! You do such a nice job on your videos.
Emily @ Two Purple Couches says
Love your tips, and especially your examples, Jackie! While I’m not guilty of buying things in threes, I’m guilty of buying things in pairs and then not knowing how to break them up or what to add to make them work. Thanks for the great suggestions :)
Emily, I am guilty of buying pairs too, but now I do it on purpose knowing I will mix them with something else.