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Now that you have your furniture placed, your rooms dappled with color, your art hung, and vignette’s created, it’s time to layer in accessories for a professional finishing touch. When it comes to ‘eye-pleasing accessories,’ the magic number to remember is three — though one and five work well too, anything more than 7 however, is way too much. And rather than setting your trio of accessories out in a row, imagine a triangle and place one object at each point.

Scale is important, too, so in your group of three be sure to vary items by height and width, with the largest at the back and the smallest in front. “On a side table, for instance, you might have a lamp, a plant or flower arrangement, and a book or a small box,” stager Barb Schwarz says. “For impact, group accessories by color, shape, texture, or some other unifying element.” Another hint, courtesy of Monclair stager Linda Russell: The eye naturally ‘reads’ the room from left to right, so putting a striking object in the far right corner will automatically draw your gaze there and make the room seem bigger.

This is not the kind of rule that is punishable by law if broken; decorating is supposed to be fun, not scary after all. Accessories can look beautiful in pairs — like matching lamps for example. Or your favorite candle sticks. Or 2 chairs side by side — always a classic look.

But when you have a ton of gorgeous things you want to display together all at once, the Magic Rule of 3 can help you every time!


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