The power of “3”

1068808_38960541, 3 vases of flowers

Years ago, a friend told me that one fail-safe design tip was to always work with odd numbers – and that arrangements or groupings of “3” seemed to be the most magical.  I’ve worked under this premise as long as I can remember and always thought that most people did the same.  However, I’ve recently discovered that, if you’re not in the design world, this may be one of the best-kept secrets locked away from the masses!

Grouping of 5 Art Pieces

This is a very simple concept that lends to great aesthetics in almost any situation. (There are always exceptions, but this is a great rule of thumb.)   Whether you’re arranging flowers, pictures, vases, items on a mantle… or even shrubbery in your yard, sticking to an odd-numbered grouping will create harmony and more visual interest.  Allowing your eye to survey the entire scene and land in the middle – and sometimes a purposeful focal point – does much to generate an overall appealing design.

Whether you see it as a cross between feng shui and psychology or, as some of the ancients referred to it, “the mystical power of 3,” it works.  Try it!

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Daisies photo taken by Karen Barefoot.  Art grouping photo taken by Christy Charlton. 

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