The Rule of Three is everywhere:
First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin, then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out.
(Monty Python and the Holy Grail, re the Holy Hand Grenade
No Rules Except the Rule of Three (and some others)
The Rule of Three pops up everywhere in design, photography, architecture, graphic arts and, yes, home decor. Threes and odd numbers give visual interest, impart harmony, and give the impression of movement. In theory, within Feng Shui, odd numbers are Yang and even numbers are Yin. Yang expands; Yin contracts.
Use Similarity to Differentiate
Three vases of the same height but different – one glass, one pottery, one crystal – group together well, since you bring repetition into the design. You could put three identical vases together, each with a different flower, and the results would be pleasant as well. Two? Just doesn’t cut it. Four? Feels weird.
Three, five, or higher odd numbers bring balance.
The Rule of Three is not All-Encompassing
Sometimes the Rule of Three has to be tossed out the window – especially in cases where you have four windows all in a row and can’t just throw one away. What to do? If they’re close enough together, cover them with one wide set of curtains, layer in some sheer panels, then stage the curtains so the eye thinks there are three. (We’re using a very wide sliding blind to do something quite similar.)
But Why is it Rule of Three? Why Not Seven?
I’m no expert on brains, but I think it has to do with the way the human mind wants to solve puzzles, see balance, parse things left-center-right. With three, there’s less work to see the center point. With seven, the brain has to work more. When our brains have to work, they tend to resist and start tuning out.
IMAX Terra Three Piece Vase Set in Lacquer
- Features: Graduating sizes
- Includes: Set includes one small, medium and large vase
- Construction: Constructed of 65pct MDF and 35pct lacquer
- Color/Finish: Lacquer finish
- Dimensions: Small vase dimensions: 13.5″ H x 9″ W x 4″ D Medium vase dimensions: 16.75″ H x 10.25″ W x 4″ D Large vase dimensions: 23″ H x 12″ W x 4.5″ D