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The Rule of Three

March 08, 2018
The Rule of Three

Hero image credit: Jonathan Ho for Tinitrader

Although the Scandi-minimalism trend is so in right now, as Tess from Minted Interiors puts it, “when it comes to children’s rooms, colour is so important - it brings life and playfulness and can be the difference between a ho hum and a HUMMING space.”

That said, using colourful decor and furniture in kids’ rooms doesn’t always look messy! Many interior designers follow the ‘Rule of Three’ to create looks that perfectly balance sophistication and colour.

So what is this mysterious rule of three?

The Rule of Three

Many of us can agree that odd numbers of things look more natural and less forced than even-numbered grouping. It was on this premises that the Rule of Three came into fruition to achieve balance in design.

The Rule of Three can be applied to all elements of a room design. From colour combination to textures to furniture arrangement to lighting fixtures!

That means, yes, you can still create a warm, balanced atmosphere in a neutral room through the wide variety of different rule of 3 applications.

For the purpose of this article, today we will be focussing just on different Rule of 3 colour combinations to provide you with some inspiration for your kid’s bedrooms.

Before we start showing you some of our favourite Rule of 3 looks, here are some important things to remember:

  • Don’t take the rule of three too literally – symmetry is not bad, nor is breaking the rules. The rule of three is a guideline that can be bent.

  • Scale overrules the Rule of Three – the scale or size of your room and its items may require you to break the rule of three. The main thing to consider when styling your room is to ensure everything is well-proportioned and scale appropriate.

  • Have fun – although three seems to be the magic number, any combination of odd numbers work nicely as well. Create a rainbow with 5, 7 or 9 different pops of colour in your child’s bedroom.

Blue, Grey & Navy


Image credit: Tinitrader

Pink, Purple & Orange


Image Credit: Kip & Co

Yellow, Mint & Green


Image Credit: Minted Interiors

Coral, Gold & Powder Blue


Image Credit: Four Cheeky Monkeys

Teal, Brown & Grey


Image Credit: Oh Eight Oh Nine

We hope you enjoyed this interview. If you are ready to start building your wishlist of products, then be sure and check out our Kids Decor & Furniture product range.

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