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