3.07.2012

Five Tips to Help You Accessorize Your Home~

Hello Lovelies!

I don't know about you, but, for me, accessorizing is the most intimidating part of creating any room.  It's fairly easy to come up with a basic room design...to pick out the furniture, rugs, paint and window treatments.  But when it comes to adding all those little touches that really make a room, a room...that's when it gets harder.

So today I thought I'd share a little bit of the accessory wisdom that I've gleaned along the way.

1.  Don't accessorize just for the sake of accessorizing.   So here's what I mean by that...and it starts with a personal preference, but ends with sound advice.  I'm not a fan of vignettes for the sake of vignettes.  One of the keys to great accessorizing is starting with accessories that have some relevance...that are useful or that really speak to you in some way.  If you add things to a room just to fill up the space, it will look more like clutter than like artful accessorizing.  Less is definitely more in this case.


This wall display has many components, but the common theme of the letter B makes it well-edited and relevant to the room's inhabitants.

2. Edit, edit, edit.  This is one of the most useful tools of accessorizing.  Bring in a bunch of things (that you love and are relevant) and start with them.  Then once you have things basically the way you like them...start removing stuff.  Yep, I did say removing stuff.  Take it down to the bare minimum of what you love without having it look empty.  Again, less is more. 


Here's an exampleof a relevant vignette... a charcoal by my father-in-law sets the backdrop for a stack of Architectural Digest magazines (a favorite read) topped by a book-page pedestal (unique) and an antler (sentimental from my parent's house).  It is interesting to look at, but also meaningful and a reflection of who we are.
3. Go for the unique.  Nobody wants a house that is a cookie cutter image of someone else's.  So when it comes to accessorizing, try looking for things that are unique.  Antique stores, flea markets, thrift shops.  These are good places to find that something-or-other that will make just the right statement and not look just like Suzy-next-door's decor.

4. Start with things you already own.  This might seem obvious...but your house is a reflection of you.  So look around at what you have first.   Using a pile of your favorite books is always a great way to start.  I love to use stacked books as pedestals.  They're a great way to create  movement in a display, and they say a lot about who you are because they're your books!  Same goes for collections...is there something you collect that would make a great display??  Try starting there.


A bouquet of flowers adds color, texture and fragrance to a space.
5. Appeal to all the senses.  Of course accessorizing is visual.  That's a given. So try thinking about your other senses when you are accessorizing as well.  Fresh flowers are not only a visual treat, they smell wonderul!  A bowl of fresh fruit adds visual interest, can smell good...and let's face it..taste good as well.  Accessories with texture appeal visually and are tactile. 

So what this all boils down to is this:  Don't let the idea of accessorizing intimidate you.  Choose objects and art that you love.  Put it together in a way that enhances the furniture and focal points of your room.  Edit, edit, edit.  Then sit back, relax and enjoy!

xoxo
Wendy

8 comments:

Tanya said...

Great tips! I'm going to share this on my FB page.

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

Such great tips to remember! I have trouble with the "edit" part. Think I have some bookshelves I need to go re-evaluate!

The Uncluttered Lifestyle said...

Well said Wendy. Besides so much less dusting when you edit your accessories!

Rebecca @ Time to Organize said...

Thanks for those tips. Each very helpful.

joanne said...

edit, edit, edit...I must keep remembering to edit! Thanks for the great tips.

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

Great post!

Design Diva Susan said...

Very good advice. I also notice some people use a bunch of tiny accessories. Which looks like clutter. Be brave and use the larger piece. I use things in 3's lots of the time. Your right! I will remember to edit edit edit.
Thank you,
DesignDivaSusan

Mary said...

I agree, great post! I have found once you start using these tips you will have & enjoy a much more peaceful haven.