Grouping wall art 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 foundational concept that continues to develop and evolve in many areas, especially in interior design wall art. Although sets of even-numbered items seem more obvious, sets of odd numbers actually bring a more subtle and engaging symmetry.  

Read on to learn how to harness the power of three, six, or nine to create wall art decor that looks like it was plucked straight out of a gallery!

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Power of 9 displayed in Wall Art Decor - Interior Design Wall Art IdeasSets of three images or items repeated or grouped together is a common theme in the creative arts. Its popularity extends to storytelling (three acts), photography, videography, graphic design, and more. Of course, it’s also frequently seen in many areas of interior design wall art, such as pendant lights and vanity lights, bookcase vignettes, and textures.

So when you take the golden rule of three and multiply that by three, you get the stunning power of nine. A set of nine images can make a dramatic impact on a room. From a business and branding perspective, it can also be a highly effective way to ingrain and advertise.

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The power of nine is especially impactful when working with tall ceilings or walls that ascend more than one story. With so much available “white space,” the simple rule of three art pieces may be dwarfed by the size of the space. Then six pieces feel too symmetrical and expected. Voila – the power of nine for the win!

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Want Eye-Catching Wall Art Decor? Use the 60-30-10 Rule

The rule of threes can be used in a variety of ways, not just thinking literally about the number of items or pieces of artwork hanging on a wall. Think about color. Choose three complementing colors and use those shades as the primary colors in your interior design wall art decor, whether you have two pictures or 10.

This technique also works for your overall interior design theme if you incorporate another play on the rule of three. Choose 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 or they could even be three shades of the same color for a more neutral palate.

Pro tip: You can choose three bold yet complementing colors like jewel tones, but you could go with a more neutral palette by selecting varying shades of the same color to create a chic and cool monotone effect.

Little Known Tips To Incorporate Threes Using Textures

Wall decorationsIn addition to using multiple colors, considering mixing textures. It was once thought that patterns and prints should be used sparingly and individually. Not the case anymore. For example, rough and rustic wood looks surprisingly at home when mixed with smooth steel, often seen in on-trend industrial and farmhouse designs.

Four additional creative tips to incorporate texture into your interior design:

  • Natural textures like nubby linen and smooth cotton make an irresistible combination.
  • Supple velour and smooth silk add warmth.
  • Blending fabrics and textures translate into a chic living room or kitchen.
  • Try basic prints in the same color scheme, like florals, plaids, and stripes.

Some of the most stunning interior designs incorporate introduce variety in fabrics, textures, and prints. Once again, lean on the rule of three to keep your design streamlined.

Clever Design Techniques When Space Is Limited

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While the rule of three is tried and true, there is one thing to keep in mind that can overrule: scale.

As mentioned above, three items or three pieces of wall art decor can seem too tiny for a large wall (depending on the sizes of the pieces). Hence the power of nine. Likewise, a smaller space may not warrant the rule of three.

There may not be sufficient room for more than one or two pieces of artwork or light fixtures or bookshelves without the area looking cluttered. When you are limited in space and artwork, you can still mix in the rule of threes with color and texture.

According to art gallery experts, artwork should be at least six to eight inches from surrounding furniture. And when you group art, such as nine pieces together, there should be room for three to six inches between each piece. If you don’t have the space between and around your display, downsize.

Pro tip: When hanging a display of more than one piece, count the interior white space as part of the overall display. So the six to eight inches of buffer space applies to every part of the display outline.

Packing A Punch With Interior Design Wall Art Decor

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