Sunday, July 3, 2011

A is for Accessorizing

Based on what I've been hearing from clients, one thing that causes a major decorating headache is accessorizing. What to buy, how many, where to put it. Accessories may be on the smaller side, but they have a big influence on how the room looks.

image from Pottery Barn
Here are a few general guidelines and tips to make accessorizing a little easier:

Group your accessories in odd numbers (three or five work nicely!).

Group together items of various sizes - avoid putting all one size together. Mix it up by putting tall with short, wide with narrow, etc.

Try grouping items of the same colour together.

Displaying collections against a contrasting background makes them stand out.

Try grouping like items together as well. A seashell on the table, one on the mantel and one on the floor are "3 seashells in a room". Put them together and they're a "collection".

If you have a huge collection of something particular, display some and put the rest away - then rotate the pieces every few months to change things up a bit. 

On a bookshelf, add some accessories so it's not just books - mixing together books and accessories adds a bit of interest and variety.

If you have mismatched or ugly accessories that you can't bear to part with, try painting them. A can of flat white spray paint can fix a lot! A group of mismatched accessories become a collection when they're unified by white spray paint - try vases, ceramic birds, pumpkins, etc. Anything you find can be painted to tie together.

Try one or all of these tips and see how your accessorizing improves. Let me know how it goes!


Shairbearg said...

Thanks for linking up with us for the We are Canadian Blog hop this week! I am already following you!

Canadian Coupon Mom said...

Thanks for following
I'm following back. I've heard of grouping in odd numbers.. I've always had a problem until recently as I hated odd numbers.. LOL

chezjolly said...

These are great tips!!! We love your posts because they are informative, yet simple and easy to remember. Thanks again..
Visit us sometime too :)

Talk to you soon,
xoxo Jess & Holly

mamawee said...

thanks for following, following you back.

StylishHeather said...

Thanks for following, everyone :)

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