Do you want your home to look pulled together, but when you look around you notice that it looks disorganized and mismatched? There are many ways to create flow in your home and the one especially important way to do it is with accessories. Home accessories complete a space, give it character, add vibrancy, and create a sense of cohesiveness. Without these little extras, a room has no soul. As important as they are, many of us throw our hands up in frustration when choosing and arranging accessories.
Accessorizing your home appropriately will create an interior that is pleasing to the eye and the senses. In this blog I’m going to share some simple and easy tips on how to rearrange and decorate with many of the accessories you already have in your home. Many times what you have will work wonders if done in a way that looks appealing. However, it may be necessary to purchase a piece or two to get the look you want. By employing tricks of the trade and following a few basic design principles you’ll be successfully accessorizing your home in no time.
A Clean Slate
Whether you are using your existing home accessories or purchasing new ones, when it’s time to accessorize a room, start with a blank slate. Remove all the small and mid-size items including lamps, decorative items, artwork and pillows. This step helps avoid distractions and allows you to visualize placement of accessories. This also gives you the opportunity to place the furniture in an optimal layout before accessorizing the room.
Integrating your personality into a room involves decorating from the inside out using layers. Take individual elements and place them in an orderly fashion to create a balanced and pleasing look. The last and most fun layer is to add your personality to the room with your favorite things placed in such a way to showcase each one.
Balance, Weight, and Scale are Important
This step is important from the standpoint of making sure your home accessories complement each other with balance, visual weight and color which should be consistent throughout the room. To achieve this step, be sure the item’s mass, color and pattern are balanced. If you want to create balance with an arrangement on a mantel anchor one side with one large object and a grouping of smaller objects on the other.
Home accessories of different shapes and sizes can work together in an asymmetrical arrangement as mentioned above. Asymmetrical refers to visual balance with different objects. On the other hand, symmetrical balance is creating balance using the same or similar objects. For example, in an symmetrical composition, use a tall lamp on either side of a console table and add a smaller accessory such as a candle holder or bowl in the center of the table. This creates a very organized look. Another way to create balance is to choose items from the same color palette to unify the composition.
Remember to choose oversized accessories for grand spaces. This is where many mistakes are made. A collection of tiny, delicate figurines looks out of place in a spacious room. Conversely, large-scale accessories can easily overwhelm a small area. In addition, allow the eye to travel around a room by adding a tall mirror or piece of wall art. This adds vertical interest and works well with high ceilings. The eye naturally moves up the mirror or artwork, then down to accessories and furnishings.
Have Fun with Color
Accessories are the least expensive way to introduce color. Purchasing new colorful furniture or painting the walls a certain color could result in an expensive mistake. However, incorporating vibrant accessories to a room tends to be much easier to interchange throughout your rooms. This also allows you to switch them out or even discard them if you tire of them.
Choose home accessories that make the most of your room’s color palette. Blend them into the overall color scheme or introduce contrasts of an accent color. Start with accessories in two colors that coordinate with walls and upholstery. Throw in a third to add a jolt of unexpected color to your room. Decorative pillows provide one of the best ways to play with color, pattern and texture when styling a room.
Mass Objects Together
There’s nothing that looks more out of place than a single vase sitting on the shelf of a bookcase. Make a design statement by placing decorative accessories in groups. An easy interior designer tip to remember is to group odd numbers of objects together to provide greater visual impact. Group items together to create continuity by color, theme, or both. In addition, make your vignettes interesting by mixing items of varying heights.
Any type of table or shelf provides space to display a variety of objects such as coffee table books, floral arrangements, and decorative pieces. For a clean uncluttered look, but visually satisfying, use trays to group items such as candles or ceramic figures.
Keep collections neat and tidy. Disorganized collectibles strewn about a room doesn’t allow you to focus on any one item. Simplify your collection by choosing the most interesting pieces and group them by similar size and color. Additionally, mass the items together and display them in one spot to create an orderly grouping.
Accessorizing your rooms can be easy and fun. If you want to create a home that is tastefully done with an organized look remember to start with a clean slate, make sure your items compliment each other with visual weight and balance, whether you prefer asymmetrical or symmetrical groupings. Keep in mind, large rooms require large scale accessories to help balance out the room and smaller objects work well is smaller rooms.
When introducing color in your room use colorful accent pieces so you can change them around or discard them if you tire of them. And finally, keep collections neat and tidy, to showcase the uniqueness of each item. I hope you’ll find that these tried-and-true techniques will bring about a unified look to your home, be pleasing to the eye and fun to experiment with!
Brenda Weber, Interior Designer
CH Interior Designs
10 N. Main St. Suite D
Waynesville, OH 45068