The Rule of Odds

The "rule of odds" suggests that an odd number of objects is more interesting than an even number. Having an odd number of items in your décor accents provides more balance, creates more visual appeal and allows for an interesting mix of items of various sizes, styles, textures and colour.

Depending on the size of the space you are accessorizing, you might use 3, 5 or even seven items. No matter the number you decide to use, use a mix of tall, medium and short items and items of varying textures and styles. Cohesiveness can be achieved by having items of the same colour, complementary colour, texture, or theme. For example, if you want to group candles, you can use different sized pillars on stands or plates, tapers in candlesticks of varying heights or candles in mason jars of different sizes.

Odd number of decor elements

Using odd numbers of identical items provides a more peaceful, calm look that is ‘still’. This is perfect for a bathroom spa where you want to soak away the stresses of the day.

Three candles in the washroom

 The joy of accessorizing is it can easily be changed according to the seasons, occasions or holidays and your items can also be moved around your home to refresh the look and feel of any room. You can find ideas in magazines and online or experiment and try something new with your own items. Accessorizing is simply trial and error – add, subtract and rearrange until you have the look you like and that fits with the vibe you are looking for, but most importantly have fun and enjoy mixing it up!