Tips on the best ways to design by numbers


By AGENCY

Pairings of large abstract art help to anchor this living and dining space. Photo: Handout/TNS

There is often a rhythm and cadence to design, just like with other creative mediums. With design, typical questions involve the dilemma of groupings.

For example, should items be placed in pairs? Is there a truth to the power of threes?

In many cases, both can work well, in addition to a simple series of odd or even groupings often simply referred to in interior design as vignettes.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the best ways to design by numbers.

Three pieces of art hung in a series helps add rhythm to this dining room area. Photo: Scott Gabriel Morris/TNSThree pieces of art hung in a series helps add rhythm to this dining room area. Photo: Scott Gabriel Morris/TNS

Do’s

1. Do consider hanging art in a series. Two pieces in a series are known as a diptych; three pieces are known as a triptych.

2. Do repeat a rhythm or pattern in a space. For example, use various groupings of odd-numbered elements.

3. Do mix and match various elements in a grouping to help add interest, colour and texture.

A hallway is highlighted through groupings of even-numbered artwork and mirrors. Photo: Scott Morris/TNSA hallway is highlighted through groupings of even-numbered artwork and mirrors. Photo: Scott Morris/TNS

Don’ts

1. Don’t place items without thought and purpose.

2. Don’t overcrowd with too many elements. You don’t want to overload the eye with an abundance of decor.

3. Don’t ignore the power of repetition such as repeating a decor element, colour or pattern in a space to create cohesion. — Tribune News Service

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