Look in nearly any magazine or peruse the aisles of home décor stores and you are likely to notice an underlying theme: numbers.

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Look in nearly any magazine or peruse the aisles of home décor stores and you are likely to notice an underlying theme: numbers.

Pairings and groupings are key design and styling techniques and can be used to help enhance nearly any home.

Pairing more than one item in a group essentially provides the eye with visual reinforcement. The most successful techniques often involve the grouping of identical or similar items. This can be used in various applications, including the use of artwork, small furniture pieces, florals and accessories.

The pairing of two identical or similar items is one of the few instances in which it doesn’t overwhelm if used multiple times within the same space. Similar art pieces or identical lamps on top of two identical end tables may create a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing furniture arrangement without being too overpowering. The result is an environment that doesn’t feel cluttered by too many singular pieces.

There is a design theory that says groupings should be executed in odd numbers, typically three or five. This can be especially successful in larger spaces. A series of three art pieces can make a powerful statement along a long empty wall. Similarly, a series of simple florals can create an elegant look.

When experimenting with groupings, consider using items of a similar size and scale, or items of varying heights to create interest.