Decorating with the Rule of Three

Hi friends!  Have you ever flipped through the pages of a magazine and wondered how a room or vignette looks so perfect and styled?  Can’t put your finger on it ?  Are you at a loss?  Well, the good news is, there is a formula to it.  It is known as the Rule of Three.

The Rule of Three exists due to the fact that an odd number of items looks more natural and less forced than an even-numbered grouping.  Why is this? Well, mostly because too much symmetry makes a room look stale and cold (although, we all know symmetry plays a huge role in design, too). Essentially, there is a balance to be found between symmetry and asymmetry.

Things simply look naturally better when placed in groupings of 3, 5, 7, etc.  It applies to objects, lighting, and even the number of patterns in a space.  It is particularly helpful when creating and styling vignettes.

Famed stylist Emily Henderson puts it best when she says that they key to a perfectly styled vignette includes something vertical, something horizontal, and something sculptural to tie the two together.  See how it works in the photo below.  The horizontal (tray), vertical (flowers), and sculptural (hand sculpture) all work to draw in your eye.

So, if you own a ton of home decor, but don’t know how to put it all together, remember to follow the Rule of Three. If all of your decor is vertical or horizontal, mix it up by purchasing some objects that are sculptural in nature (Homegoods has a million- I have to restrain myself when shopping there!)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  I am off trying to finish some master bedroom projects.  The paint is done (I painted our room blush, so stay tuned) and our lighting goes in next week.  Can’t wait.

xoxo,

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Comments

  1. I loved this post, Jennifer! You explained it so well!

  2. I agree with the comment above, you explained this so well. I always seem to struggle with styling shelves and ledges. I’m going to put the rule of three to use.

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