Grouping decor items together is a common practice for both professional and amateur interior designers. After all, grouping like items is something we learn early in elementary education. But it’s a concept that holds true in many areas, especially in design. And while sets of even numbered items seem more obvious, sets of odd numbers can bring a more subtle symmetry. Use the power of 3, 6 or 9 to create wall art decor that looks like it was plucked straight out of a gallery!
Wall Art Decor Multiplied
Sets of 3 images or items repeated or grouped together is a common theme in decorating and art. It’s also an effective way to ingrain and advertise. And it extends beyond art on the wall – it’s popular in storytelling (three acts), photography and graphic design. It’s also frequently seen in other areas of interior design, such as pendant lights and vanity lights, bookcase vignettes and textures. So when you take the golden rule of 3 and multiply that by 3, you get the stunning power of 9. A set of 9 images can really make a big impact on a room.
If you have a large wall (like many contemporary homes) and are unsure what to do to bring it to life, consider using this decorating rule. Create an art installation that accentuates your space while making a bold statement. The power of 9 is especially useful when working with tall ceilings or walls that ascend more than one story. The simple rule of 3 art pieces may be dwarfed by the size of the space, and maybe 6 pieces feel too symmetrical and expected. Voila – the power of 9 for the win!
Other Ways to Use the Rule of 3’s
The rule of 3’s can be used a variety of ways, not just thinking literally about the number of
items or pieces of artwork hanging on a wall. Think about color. Pick three colors and use those shades as the primary colors in your wall art decor, whether you have two pictures or 10. This trick also works for your overall interior design theme. Chose one color to use in 60% of design, another color to use more sparingly at only 30%, then the third color as an accent in 10% of decor. These could be three bold yet complementing colors like jewel tones, or they could even be three shades of the same color for a more neutral palate.
Also considering mixing 3 textures. Rough and rustic wood, smooth steel and nubby linen are examples that can translate into a chic living room or kitchen. Or think of varying fabrics or basic prints in the same color scheme, like florals, plaids and stripes.
While the rule of 3 is tried and true, there is one thing to keep in mind that can overrule: scale. As we mentioned above, three items or three pieces of wall art decor can seem too tiny for a large wall. Hence the power of 9. Likewise, a smaller space may not warrant the rule of 3. There may not be room for more than one or two pieces of artwork or lamps without the area looking cluttered. So stick with scale and mix in the rule of 3’s with color or texture.
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