For those whose home is their pride and joy, you probably spent a lot of time meticulously comparing paint and wallpaper samples for each and every room. However, what you may not realise is that it’s actually the accessories that can make the biggest impact. Most top designers know that throws, wall art, lighting, and rugs can have a huge influence on the overall look and feel of a room, but they also know that they can have the opposite effect. Here’s how to choose and combine the right accessories that will make you feel proud to show your home off.
Large or Small – Get the Balance Right
Before you get started, take the time to really study the room that you are sprucing up. Too many homeowners will make the mistake of buying whatever they think looks good in the shop, but when they get it home, it is either too big or too small for the room it was intended for. Scale and proportion are important components of putting together a well thought out design plan, so make sure you take this into account before you shop.
Remember That Less is More
It can be all too easy to head down to the nearest Target and fill your trolley with all the bargains you can find in your chosen colour palette. However, know that less is more when it comes to accessories, and you definitely want to go for quality over quantity. For example, instead of filling a wall with picture frames and shelves full of knick-knacks, one unique piece would probably work a lot better and wow guests. You could choose a large ornate mirror, or you could try and be a little different and invest in a large wall clock. You can find plenty of digital and analog options online, but you’d be best off spending just that little bit more on the one item.
Experiment with Colours
If you chose a neutral colour palette for your walls and furniture, the accessories are where you can afford to add some pops of colour, and even experiment with textures. If you want to be able to change up your space along with the changing seasons, or even your mood, it would be best to keep the colour pops to items like cushions, throws, and rugs. These are all great accessories that can add contrast and visual interest.
Layer Up – But Don’t Go Overboard
In order to ensure the room does not feel cramped and dark, it is important not to try and fill every single nook and cranny. The simple method you should use to help you pull off a look that you might find in an interior design mag is to add your accessories in layers.
Start with the larger items, such as rugs, then move onto the medium-sized accessories, and finish with the small – but use them sparingly.
You want to make sure you leave some breathing room, or the room will just feel too ‘busy’.
Choose Your Items
If you haven’t yet decided on which accessories you are going to add, here are some more ideas to help you along the way:
- Floor lamps and table lamps
- Baskets and bins
- Window coverings
- Wall art
As you can see, there is a lot more that goes into accessorising your home than simply adding a few new buys here and there, but if you take the tips listed onboard, you can create a sophisticated look that will be the envy of all your neighbours.