Thursday, January 31, 2013

Decorating with the Magic Rule of 3

I realized that in my previous post about staging your home, I might have left you wondering what I meant by decorating in "Moments of 3"
so I decided I'd better get my story straight and illustrate a little! From now on we'll call it the Magic Rule of 3. Phew, much easier!

So here we have a before and after. In the before picture, we just needed to finesse a little by adding a couple of items.

I went straight to the Magic decorating trick by arranging the accessories in groups of 3:

To style the mantel I did:
3 frames
3 pretty things grouped together (1) votive (2) orchid stacked on books (3) mercury glass vessel

Which creates the overall look:
1 mirror +
1 group of frames +
1 group of pretty things =
The Magic Rule of 3

This is not the kind of rule that is punishable by law if broken - decorating is supposed to be fun, not scary after all. Accessories can look beautiful in pairs - like matching lamps for example. Or your favorite candle sticks. Or 2 chairs side by side - always a classic look.

But when you have a ton of gorgeous things you want to display together all at once, the Magic Rule of 3 can help you every time!

So I hope that clears some things up and helps you to be confident in your decorating skills for forever more!

ps... if you want to learn how to make that awesome mirror, check out this post from Adventures in Dressmaking


  1. sharing this on my Facebook business page - and pinned it too - thanks so much

    1. Oh my goodness, no no thank YOU so much! I was hoping it would be helpful - I'm so glad it was worth a share or two!

  2. This is a great rule!!! I remember my mom back in the day telling me to always do things in odd numbers, 3's or 5'd look best... but this is a better explanation of how to group things! You're doing gorgeous work!
    -Jessica Glynn (my profile pic sometimes doesn't show up on comments and I wanted to let you know I've been following you along!!)

    1. Yes, odd numbers!!!! I always buy things in threes now even if I only end up using one and returning the other two haha.

      Thank you so much for following my little blog!!!

  3. Great explanation! The rule of three (or uneven numbers, in general) is super helpful. Wish I'd known about this years ago because I've made the mistake buying even number items to group together a few times - and it took me a while to figure out why it looked so weird.

    1. Thanks, Sarah!

      Isn't that funny? The eye just does NOT like to look at even numbers (unless like I said it's a pair of lamps or chairs or something) I like to think it's because in nature things don't usually look too perfectly even. That's just me getting all intellectual for a quick second hahah

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  5. Ooh, awesome graphics!! So helpful to remember! Totally just pinned one of these for future reference =)

    1. yay, thanks again - I finally made something pin worthy :)

  6. Definitely a good rule of thumb!:-) Simple and effective! LOVE the mirror. xoxo

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