Odd Numbers in Design


You might have probably heard of the ‘Rule of three’ while decorating your house. Ever wondered what the rule of three is? And how to incorporate it? Here, in this article let us delve deeper into it.

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Even numbers create symmetry, while odd numbers create interest! Many designers use the rule of odd numbers in designing because grouping items in odd numbers, make the items look more appealing and natural to the eye. Even number of items can make your room look uninviting because of the large amount of symmetry it creates. However, mixing a right amount of even and odd combination can create an inviting atmosphere.

What is it about the odd numbers that make them so appealing? It is just the way our brains work. Odd numbers force the eyes to move around the grouping. And, this forced movement is the heart of visual interest. It is for this reason that something paired in three is more memorable and appealing than something paired in even number groupings. Now let us look at the different ways in which the rule of three can be implemented to our house decor.

  • Three Colours in Rooms

Ambience refers to the character, tone and atmosphere of an environment. There is a standard equation that works best while choosing colours for your room to create a good ambience – 60,30,10. In this ratio, 60% is the main room colour 30% is the secondary colour and 10% is the accent colour. If you follow this rule of three then you are guaranteed to achieve a room that is welcoming and well-designed.

  • Light Fixtures of the Room

The rule of three isn’t an exception when it comes to lighting. This doesn’t mean that a room should have only three lights. It means that a room should have three different types of lighting. A room is required to have an overhead light, numerous lamps on side tables and accent lights such as track lighting, picture lights or under-cabinet lighting. All of these lighting together combine to create a nice warm ambience.

  • Try other odd combinations

Now that you know of the benefits of the rule of three, don’t run about the house making arrangements in three everywhere. Symmetry is not bad, nor is breaking rules. The rule of three was put into place for people to understand that arranging items in odd numbers is more interesting than arranging them in even numbers. Having said this, you can arrange items in 5 grouping or 9 grouping and still achieve the same visual effect.

The rule of odd numbers is a fun way to add visual effect and depth to your home. Definitely, it is something to try while you are thinking of giving your home a new refreshing look.

Many individuals fail to realise that math is an integral part of design. Concepts such as symmetry, patterns and arrangement that are so important to design all have a basis in mathematics. If you think you are weak at math and would want to learn it in a fun and engaging way, then subscribe to BYJU’S.