The power of the pair and series of three has long been a trick of interior decorators, and the technique can be easily translated into your home.

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Open nearly any design magazine or shop in any furniture retail store and you are bound to notice that décor pieces are seldom displayed by themselves.

Indeed, you are more likely to see items displayed in groupings, typically either two identical items side by side or three lined up in a row. The power of the pair and series of three has long been a trick of prop stylists, and the technique can be easily translated into your home.

Why groupings?

In general, many items look barren or isolated when displayed by themselves. Instead of having the single lonely item that may get lost or hidden in a space, creating individual groupings of décor items is a powerful design tool.

Where to begin?

Groupings can include different or similar items. They may or may not have any relationship to each other, but look cohesive and attractive together. Begin by incorporating your favorite décor items or those that inspire you. Be sure to use items purposefully. Too many items can be just as unattractive as too few items.

Three identical pictures hung in a row have a strong impact in this master bedroom. (TNS)
Three identical pictures hung in a row have a strong impact in this master bedroom. (TNS)

Pairs and threes

Pairs and threes are the secret weapon of the styling world. A visual impact occurs when items are displayed as a pair or trio that doesn’t occur with a single item or when you group large amounts of items together. Placing two identical items together often creates a look of simplicity and elegance.

Three identical items such as artwork placed in a series can actually trick the eye. Looking for a large piece of art to display on a wall? Simply place two or three identical pieces of art side by side and it will appear as if the art pieces are part of a series. Similar techniques can be used when displaying flowers or other decorative items.