The Art of the Group: stacking objects to create design.
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A well-balanced space thanks to design
What goes for us people, works with our decor as well: an empty space with a few individual pieces of furniture won’t convince the crowds to move in and make themselves feel at home. Coordinating the items in your home is an art in itself; interior designers and stylists know all the professional tips and tricks to create an individual and well-balanced space. But with a few simple ideas, anyone can make their home feel more at ease and succeed at creating a space that looks good and feels good too.
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This is called The Rule of Three: which means that objects look better in a group of three. The easiest way to follow this rule, is by displaying a matching set of items: three different sizes of the same type of object. It takes some practice, but you’ll see that it works if you display coordinated arrangements in your home. For example, if your living room has space for several “group arrangements”, instead of matching them group per group, you can mix sets together to make your entire room look coordinated and improves decorating continuity.
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If you have a group of ceramics and a group of small statues, exchange one statue with a ceramic from the other group and both groups look more tied together.
What to do when you have a lot of different objects, like books, collectibles, flowers, vases, plants that you don’t want to hide in cupboards? Don’t limit yourself to only three objects on a surface. Instead, think of the Rule of Three as three footprints on the surface: a stack of (3!) books with a small object on top, counts as one footprint. A tray with a flower in a vase, a small statue and a jar filled with treasures, counts as one footprint. Place the stack of books and the tray next to a beautiful table lamp and you have your Group of Three!
Some surfaces, like a large sideboard or coffee table, ask for more objects to keep it interesting. Remember to work with odd number. Start with a group of three and add more items to create a group of 5, 7, 9 or even 11.
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Author: Judith de Graaff is a writer and plant lover with lots of ideas to share. Lover of design, DIY, travel or photography, you’ll find her at Joelix and Urban Jungle Bloggers.