This Clever Home-Styling Tip Won’t Cost You a Cent
Redecorating shouldn’t rely on a hefty budget. By utilising just this one well-kept secret used by stylists everywhere, it’s possible to breathe new life into your décor—without spending a dime. Fashion gurus believe that a basic outfit can go from bland to polished with the addition of a single third element: a statement necklace perhaps, or a pair of killer heels. In stylist lingo, this is referred to as the rule of threes. Styling for décor largely revolves around the same philosophy: displaying “vignettes,” or arrangements that create a décor “moment” is best done in odd numbers and triangular shapes. Find out why this simple trick is so powerful, and how you can apply the rule of threes with items you already have at home.
This fireplace is flanked with two circle woven chairs, and a third circular object—the mirror. Since the mirror echoes the shape of the chairs, together, the trio creates a dynamic focal point around the hearst.
Symmetry isn’t dynamic, and while our eyes tend to rest when looking at perfectly mirrored arrangements, we are more likely to remember the ones that feel put together more organically. Here, the red and ivory chair in the forefront pulls colours from both the artwork and mirror behind, creating a lively triangular effect.
Courtesy of Hotel Henriette
In this Parisian hotel, everything from lighting to nesting tables, and vases are displayed in threes. The power of repetition in décor happens when identical items are displayed multiple times in a single space, creating a powerful design statement.
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Not every triangular arrangement needs to be equilateral. Sometimes, a third element should be added to one side instead to create tension. In Perth’s Alex Hotel, a Mark Tuckey stool stands aside a pair of windsor chairs, creating a pulled effect with the pair of off-centered aboriginal paintings.
While this desk and chair would stand just fine on their own, the adjacent lounge chair makes the space feel more organic, less staged. The rule of threes creates a sense of lived-in chaos, and in turn makes it feel more relatable.
Sometimes when styling vignettes around your home, the solution is not to add more, but to edit down.
In Andrew Bird’s home, a serene arrangement of white risom chairs fills an airy corner. The pair of chairs is complemented with a freeform side table, itself creating another trio with the vase and plate that give the space a stronger aesthetic statement.
Courtesy of Suzy Hoodless
Art is another area where you can apply the rule of threes, whether you’re arranging a gallery wall, or investing in a triptych. This London fireplace is accented with a tall trio of printed black and white graphic shapes. The coordinating birch frame softens the look.
Have you experimented with the rule of threes in your décor? Share your experience with us in the comments below.