7 Amazing Accessorizing Tips

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Accessories bring a room together making it look polished, comfortable and well styled. Well-appointed accessories can make an ordinary room extraordinary. Taking care to arrange a home’s accessories is an essential part of interior design, giving a room an exclamation point, or finished look. 

Here are seven principles for arranging home accessories to add style, design elements, and a finishing touch to any room.

1. Color

Accessories can be any number of objects in a room. From accent pillows, a vase, or trio of vases, sculpture or architectural pieces, many items qualify as accessories, so there needs to be some unifying element to prevent the space from looking random or haphazard. A common color scheme can help group all the varying elements together. Choose up to three complementary colors and use them to tie in all of the accessories.

2. Asymmetrical Balance

Asymmetrical balance can create more interest, especially if there are only a few items or pairs of accessories, like candlesticks, to work with. Artwork is a common complement to a room’s focal point (think a painting over a fireplace mantle), but it doesn’t always have to be centered. Offsetting an appropriate sized piece of artwork to one side opens up the opposite side for other elements like tall candlesticks or tall vases of flowers to create an asymmetrical vignette. 

3. Accessorizing in Layers

Layering multiple groupings of the same element creates depth. Multiple vases of different heights in the same color scheme, multiple heights of decorative candlesticks, and multiple sizes of framed black and white photos are just some examples of layering elements. Once you’ve created a layered focal point or space, adding smaller complimentary elements among the layered pieces can achieve even more depth.

4. Vary Heights

When decorating a space, a great design will create a flow the eye will follow. If elements are too similar or symmetrical, the eye will gloss right over them, not seeing the added interest they bring to an area. Create movement by varying the heights and sizes as well as the arrangement and flow of all designer pieces in a vignette.

5. Group Accessories

Accessories that are similar in style can be grouped together to increase impact. An example of grouped accessories might include a vase of fall colored flowers, a bowl of pine cones, and a dark bronze wall sconce or a collection of vintage leather bound books.

6. Mix Textures and Materials

Using accessories that are too similar, or are made from the same materials, such as all wood, or all crystal, or all rustic metals, diminishes their impact. Mix and match metals, solid fabrics, patterns, textures, and finishes to keep a space interesting but cohesive. Pair opposites such as soft with hard, round with angles, color with neutrals and smooth with textured for more impact.

7. Spotlighting

Literally spotlighting an element enhances a room’s focal point. Adding directed overhead lighting over a painting would draw more attention to your carefully designed vignette.

Accessorizing a room is one of the most important aspects of a great interior design. If you implement these seven principles, you will design a beautiful and unique space and create a polished and finished space.

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