How to Accessorize with Odd Numbers
First, let’s start with a disclaimer – I always break the rules. I get excited, bored, change my mind, move something, buy something, sell something, break something – you get the idea. My home is ever-evolving and in the process, rules (and many other things) get broken. Capiche?
So that being said, let’s start with some accessorizing ideas involving the Rule of Three…
The wall display is a GREAT example of 3 items as are the toss cushions
I use the Rule of Three daily in my decorating adventures; whether I’m hanging artwork, adding toss cushions to a couch or dressing a mantel. It’s a great way to create interest and add a dynamic and decorative slant to a space without running the risk of ‘over-decorating’ or breaking the budget on a whack-load of crap.
Generally, things that appear in 3’s are more appealing, memorable and definitive. Three also helps us with the illusion of symmetry or balance. Now you may think that you’d get more symmetry with two items – left/right, top/bottom, first/last. However, in decorating you need to tweak your thinking to accommodate a ‘center’ with a balancing item on either side – aka – symmetry or balance.
So blah blah de blah – let’s get on to the pictures!
There are two groups of three here – the candlesticks and books on the left AND the overall display – left side decor/center art/right side vase = three areas.
In this bathroom, there are three pieces of artwork and a fabulous countertop display. And while there are technically four items, the jars can act like one as they are a set (decorative license…).
This display is a great example of layered odd numbers. And don’t get TOO anal when doing your displays. For example, you might look at that bottom right shelf and think, ‘hey, there’s four glasses and the jack on top of the book is two items – how are those odd numbers?’ The left, center and right of that shelf represent three decorated areas and the overall layout is seen as an odd number or a ‘grouping of three’.
The three pendants are much more effective than two would have been over this fabulous island (and they make sense with the three stools)…
Now let’s look at Odd Numbers (I am one myself…)
Odd numbers often pop up in decor – the number one on small or statement pieces, our ‘group of three’ and up to five on larger or longer pieces.
This beautiful table was just begging PLEASE for a plant for a few reasons.
#1 – The shape of the plant complements the round top of the table while still letting the wood show and…
#2 – With all of the warm tones around it, the cool tones of the plant added balance to the space (also notice the group of three books under the table – I’m so sneaky smart)
These little side tables are the perfect odd number example! The key is to have small/medium/large pieces that you can stagger and layer, with the large/tall at the back, small in the front and medium in the middle.
And again, don’t go being all anal on me in this first photo – the bowl and moss bowl don’t count as two – they are seen as 1! The idea is that the lamp, stack of books/bird and bowl/ball are three layered items.
The set-up on this cabinet is another great odd number example…
Well, I have exhausted my brain and my math skills with this one – hope you enjoyed it!
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