The number of design and decorating questions coming my way seems to grow daily and I’m thrilled by each and every one.
A trend seems to be forming recently around the idea of how one successfully displays furniture and objects in a room. Such a good question!
I was enjoying the quiet of a rainy Sunday afternoon yesterday with a small stack of old Architectural Digests on my lap and while there were many images that might be helpful in answering that question the one below seemed particularly good. It’s from the December 1999 issue and is taken from an article featuring the NYC home of designer Ron Bradshaw, with text by Jeffrey Simpson and photography by Robert Reck.
In this one image I see illustrated one of the most important principles I use in arranging and displaying furniture and objects. It’s the Rule of Three. Unless strict symmetry is desired the best principle to use when creating beautiful displays is to group items by threes.
I’ve marked up the image to show you the many ways this collection of furniture, objects and art is artfully arranged using the Rule of Three. Even the key furniture pieces (two antique chairs and the antique ebony and tortoiseshell chest) for an structural grouping of three that anchors the entire composition.
Begin looking at your favorite room images with the filter of the Rule of Three. You’ll start to see the power of this simple principle which you can start utilizing to create more beautiful arrangements in your home.
As you do I hope you’ll send me pictures of the finished space so we can celebrate with you the power of the Rule of Three.