Design 101: How To Use the Rule of Three’s in Your Home

Whether you are looking to add a grouping to a hallway or simply accessorize a small bureau, creating the perfect vignette is as simple as one-two-three. Designers know that everything looks better in groups of three, and I’m going to show you how to apply that to your home. Ready?

Let’s make this a visual demonstration, because pictures are so much more fun, yes?

Here is a basic space…

 

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I’m feeling rather beach-house-beatnik today, so let’s lose the basic with Sanderson’s Flamingo Wallpaper…

 

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Hang a couple of ah-mazing macrame hanging chairs (need!)… and a rug to cozy it up a little…

 

 

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You may want to sit here as is, but it looks a little unfinished, right? What happens if we add a table? Voila – we have created a trio…….

 

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The wall paper is bold enough that we could probably skip art, but we definitely need to fix in the space love the table, and again, we are offered an opportunity to layer in some interest by using a grouping of three gorgeous pendant lights…

 

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The hanging chairs offer a unique challenges – with no legs to fill in the space below the chairs, that table needs some backup. How about a stack of floor pillows and some magazines? We have three items, and three pillows. One pillow, or just a few magazines would read as clutter, but using a stack is intentional.  Then add three items to top your table. See how they work together?

 

 

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Lastly, small accessories like the pillow define the focal point – our fabulous chairs, where a you can spend some time with your favourite soul, human or fluffy…

 

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There are other ways the rule of three is working here, as well… we’ve used a palette of primarily three colors – aqua, greyed-down pinks and white, with small amounts of grey and black thrown in to ground these candy hues. We’ve emphasized three heights of the space, eye level (lighting), seat level, and floor level. Finally, we’ve brought in three main textures – smooth glossy terrazzo, stone, and glass, then tactile macrame, and soft wools and velvets.

 

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Does that illustrate the rule of three’s for you? Still have questions? Fire away! I’ll be here, sipping a chai latte with my pup 🙂

x am

 

 

 

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