In decorating the rule of 3 is the golden rule! It is so simple, yet it works magically to create beauty and balance! It can be used in something as small as a vignette and as large as a room! Here are the basics so you can start using the rule of 3 in your home today!
I just found out that I am a taddy bit Irish. I guess the name Lynch in my genealogy should have tipped me off! So this is the first year I am celebrating St Patrick’s Day with a sense of Irish belonging! I created a simple green and white arrangement for my kitchen table as a nod to my little bit of American Irish heritage!
Both the tulips and the seeded Eucalyptus came from our local grocery store. Tulips are beautiful alone but I thought I’d add some extra green for the love of the Irish! I rather like the fluff among the white tulips. How about you?
The rule of 3 is easily stated… a group of odd numbers is most pleasing to the eye. And a grouping of three is the most pleasing of all! This is a solid gold decorating rule! Actually, our brains think th iconic grouping of three things is simply sublime!
Look at this simple vignette. If it had only one thing in it the vignette would be bor-ring! And more than 5 just too crowded. But three grouped together is just right. Goldilocks knew all about the “just right” of three!
Now if you are counting you may count nine items in this vignette
Our eyes are smarter than you think! They don’t count the item that corrals a grouping such as a basket for a vignette or a rug for furniture! That is unless it is a show stopper!
And our eyes count the candlestick and candle as one. The stack of dishes with the vase full of tulips is one “grouping”.
What do you see in the vignette? Three things or nine? A real lesson in what we perceive and what is really there! Yes, our minds actually do play tricks on us!
All this time we have been discussing the golden rule of three but did you see the rule of three played out in another way in this vignette? How about the height of the objects. Yes, the things in the vignettte create a trio of heights. Again very pleasing to the eye!
This principle works for styling a coffee table, decorating a mantel, arranging furniture in a room and so much more. The rule of three is a classic decor principle and one you should use!
How simple… but simple is often best!