Monday, March 17, 2014

Do it Yourself Design: It's a Numbers Game

Do it Yourself Design:  It’s a Numbers Game

Three piece suits, 3rd time’s a charm, and knock 3 times (especially if you’re Sheldon Cooper).  
We like to play around with numbers—but when you’re working on a DIY project, numbers aren’t just for fooling around—they can make a huge difference your success.   
Here’s a 1,2,3 example: 

1.       ONE can be a lonely number, but it’s a GREAT number when it comes to the number of oversized art pieces and area rugs that you incorporate into your room’s design.    
Instead of overwhelming your room with a little TOO much of a wow factor, keep it simple, and you’ll ensure that results are stunning—in a GOOD way.

2.       TWO lamps are better than one.  It’s a fact—lamps work great in pairs.  A pair of lamps work great on sofa tables,  and on either end of a sofa.  Have a beautiful buffet in your dining room?  Place a matching lamp on either end, and you’ll love the look!
3-5.  THREE (to five).  According to folklore, science, and even the New York Times, "three is a magic number--of fairy tale characters, stooges, and even cereal (think Snap, Crackle and Pop)."  The same holds true in design.
Want proof?
Group three accessories together on a bookshelf, three candles on a mantle, and/or three smaller art pieces on a wall, and you'll see what we mean.  Not into three's?  Try a grouping of five pieces--you might not get the same "magic" as Rice Krispies, but you'll still get a great look.  

But keep in mind…when it comes down to it, these are just generalities, and all of these items can work in the various grouping numbers.  Your ultimate goal should be to suit yourself—even if it means breaking a few tried and true “rules of thumb.” 
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