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How To Decorate With Accessories

By on Apr 15, 2016
How To Decorate With Accessories

One of the least effort consuming and relatively inexpensive ways to decorate a room is with the help of accessories and decorative elements. The impact can really change the atmosphere and bring a totally new spirit to every room. Various effects can be created and switched with different rugs, throw pillows, pieces of art and lighting, if you use them wisely. Adding ornaments can contribute to a fresher image, but you have to be really careful to not clutter all the space in your home.

Keeping it clean and simple is always the safest option, but if you chose and combine accessories properly, your home decor will be taken to a whole new level. Here's how to create a great look using accessories.

Purple Accessories

Mind the Proportions

Prior to choosing and purchasing new accessories, or using old ones, you have to first get a clear idea of the scale of your room and the size of the decorations that will best fit the free space. Right proportions are what truly distinguish bad from excellent décor.

Do not make the mistake of choosing a tiny ornament for a large, clean and empty space. This will imply a sense of scarcity. Placing too small a rug on the floor of an extensive area would be an example of a proportion mistake. Be careful with the paintings you hang on your walls and avoid accessorizing too small a space with large pieces of art.

Play with Colors & Fabrics

Neutral shades are always a safe bet, but if you want to experiment, there are plenty of options for you. Colored furnishings and bold texture combinations can do miracles for your living room or patio decor, but they can also be very tricky. Original and cheerful accessories will add visual interest to even the most tedious space.

In order to achieve contrast, you can exchange some accessories from one room with those of another. Do this whenever seasons change or to imply a certain style that corresponds to your current mood. Who says that the lovely spa basket can only stay in the bathroom? Put it in the guest room as a welcome compliment to your most beloved friends or relatives.

Bet on Quality

Less is more in most home decor cases. Avoid the mass produced tiny knick-knacks, however cheap or easily available they may be. Isn’t it a lot better to invest in a special, unique accessory that will surely complement and add design value to your space? Just one or two items with clean design, made of classy material will give a modern appearance to your place.

Contemporary interior usually includes natural hues, smooth and polished finishes. If you choose to stick to this trend, you should know that the polished accessory easily gets grimy, so  be prepared for frequent cleaning. After all, you‘ll have to clean your decorations even if they‘re not so sophisticated. At least make these efforts worthwhile by having items you and your guests will really enjoy.

Family Room Accessories

Layer the Accessories

Be sparing when it comes to larger decorative elements and put them first. Then proceed with medium-sized and small ones if you have them. Fill wide gaps with small elements to achieve balance and leave some breathing space at the same time. Another good idea is to gather decorations of the same theme and different sizes in a group. This will allow you to concentrate on a certain theme without making the space look too flat. You do not need to cover every free surface with decor. Use a few accessories and clean the area frequently. It will look much better than if it were cluttered with items.

Go Asymmetric

Grouping differently sized accessories will also provide your room with balanced décor and will help you escape from the ordinary symmetry. An odd number, like three or five, interesting candles or vases will look way more intriguing on the mantelshelf compared to the general dressing, a mirror in the center and a decorative element on each side.

Neutral Accessories


With the endless variety of home decor items to select, accessorizing has become a complicated and tricky task. Nevertheless, enhancing your home’s interior is absolutely possible for those who know what they‘re doing. Dare to mix textures and colors, arrange your accessories in layers with different heights and widths. This is your home and its main purpose is to make you feel comfortable, so you‘re not obliged to observe any trends.

Professional interior designers can provide you with tons of ideas, but never forget that the final decision is yours to make. No one can make you get rid of your favorite accessories if you still love them. Choose what truly represents you and your home will be making its best statement.

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