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Home Accessorizing Made Easy

Accessories are what give a space personality, a sense of cohesiveness and differentiate it from a furniture store.

We like to think that accessories in a room are like accessories in an outfit adding a pop of color and interest.  One of our favorite parts of a project is carefully placing accessories we have curated for a project.  We take into consideration clients’ interests, hobbies, favorite colors, pets, and more when selecting pieces for a home.  We also use items that clients have collected over time from travel and boutique shopping.

But we know that accessorizing can be overwhelming. Here are our best pointers and dos and don’ts to make an impact with your accessories.

THE DOS:

Pay Attention to Scale.

Your arrangement shouldn’t be too big or too small for the surface it’s on. And don’t feel like you have to fill every tabletop — the eye needs a chance to rest, too. Don’t pick items that are too small or they will get lost in the shuffle.  If you want to use small items, consider grouping them together to take up more visual space.

Consider Symmetry, but Utilize Asymmetry As Well

Using symmetry in a room will create a sense of balance which is important in design, especially more formal spaces. However, too much repetition can feel mundane.  Try to incorporate asymmetrical layouts that still provide balance in your designs.  When arranging accessories, try going for balance instead of symmetry and group smaller items in odd numbers, such as in threes or fives.

Use Accessories to Add a Pop of Color

Accessories are a great place to be bold with your color choice. Make a statement with pieces that will add contrast and vibrancy to your room, especially if your furniture and walls are neutral.

Add a Plant

We like to always add something green to a room to add some freshness.  Live plants will provide air filtering benefits as well, but if you don’t have a green thumb, faux florals, and greenery will work just fine for that bit of bringing the outdoors in.

THE DON’TS:

Too Small of a Rug

When it comes to area rugs, the scale is just as important as style. Pick one that’s large enough for all furniture legs to rest on it so it doesn’t look like it’s floating in the middle of your room.  If you arent sure what to look for, check out our post on properly sizing your rugs.

Avoid Scattering Individual Accessories Around a Room.

Combining items into groups with varying heights creates visual interest and takes up more space.  We like to vary the size of the pieces and lean toward using an odd number for each vignette so things don’t get too symmetrical or matchy-matchy. Arrange the items in a pyramid, from highest to lowest, with the tallest object in the back. If an item is small, group it with other small items on a tray or in a bowl. If it’s too low, set it atop a decorative box or books.

No Window Treatments

Window treatments finish a space and soften hard window casings.  They are also a great place to add color and patterns to a room.  While there is a time and a place for just a “hard” treatment like a blind or shade, in general, we like to add drapery panels or a top treatment to a space to finish it. 

Going Too Matchy-Matchy

Your home will look much more interesting and intentional if you mix things up.  Vary patterns, add in multiple colors, have art that is meaningful.  If you like the monochromatic look, mix things up by varying textures and patterns.  Just don’t worry about mixing and matching to make a room that is uniquely yours!

Hanging Your Art Too High

You shouldn’t have to look-up to see your art. In general, art should be at eye level. But when hanging it above a piece of furniture, you want to use the furniture as a sort of anchor for the art. We often see art that is hung too high.  If you arent sure, have someone hold it up and step back to look at it.  You want an average height person to not have to look up or down when viewing the art.

Do you have other tips for accessorizing? We would love to hear them!

Looking for help accessorizing your home?  We’re here to help.

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