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Jingle Tales

With the holiday season just about upon us, decorating and design is at the forefront of many homeowners’ minds nowadays. From garland and tinsel to stockings, wreaths, and lights, making your home beautifully festive and holiday party-ready is something that most all of us can relate to in one form or another. But one thing that many of us may not realize is that, when decorating, even just for the holidays, we are acting as our very own interior designers. So, with that in mind, I would like to share some tips, tricks, and rules of thumb from industry professionals that can hopefully serve you not only during the holiday season, but all year long!


Like the classic TV sitcom from the late-70s – early 80s featuring the recently departed Suzanne Somers reminded us, Three’s Company. The Rule of 3 is easily stated, a group of odd numbers is most pleasing to the eye. And a grouping of three is the most pleasing of all! This is a solid gold decorating rule! Actually, our brains think the iconic grouping of three things is simply sublime! So if you find something nice, do it thrice. This magical number three also has bearing in the world of colours. From paint selections, to wall coverings, to your home furnishings, this classic decor rule that helps create a colour palette for a space. This theory states that 60% of the room should be a dominant colour, 30% should be the secondary colour or texture, and the last 10% should be an accent. And the last bit of information I’ll leave you with is the Rule of 2:3, or better known as The Golden Ratio. It states that, ideally, every room should follow this basic guideline: Start by dividing a room into two sections – the larger one should measure 2:3 of the space, and be the area for big pieces of furniture such as your sofa, bed or dining table. The smaller section will house secondary pieces such as storage or an extra seating area. Furniture should also follow the 2:3 Rule. This means your largest piece of furniture, for example, a sofa, should measure 2:3 of the area. Then work your way backwards from there. The coffee table should be 2:3 the size of the sofa, and so on. Once the bigger pieces of furniture are placed, it’s easier to work smaller, decorative pieces around them. These are simple rules that you can use that are the same as even the pros use. As Laurie from Sprague Interiors puts it, “We implement the magic rule of three in many aspects of our interior design from intricate tile patterns to the quantity of pretty pillows we place on a sofa, odd numbers and ratios always look pleasing to the eye.” 


If you’re looking for a design pro in the Niagara Region, give Laurie at Sprague Interiors a call today! She would be happy to give you her expert guidance and, together with us here at SteveBuilt, we can transform your living space into a space for your family to be inspired and thrive in!


-Dave McManus, Project Coordinator, SteveBuilt, Inc.