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Simple Tips for Decorating with Accessories

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Consider the scale when accessorizing

When it comes to decorating your living space with accessories, the single most important thing to consider is the use of scale.

This means you should make strong statements using less.

In other words, in one’s grandparents home accessories in the living room were many small things that create collections.

In today’s interior home accessory world, the goal is to invest in a few strong, great statement pieces because that is what compliments furniture and gives it character. It’s the idea that the scale of accessories and items can create a sense of excitement and unexpected drama that furniture alone can not make in a room.

Use style to make a unique statement

The mixture of statement pieces with different periods and styles of accessories is also an important goal when choosing accessories for interiors. Certain accessories can create contrast to the style of a room. Often times, visiting a salvage yard you can find great architectural elements from old buildings which brings you to the idea that the price of furniture can vary in cost, from a minimal expense to very expensive. You can furnish any space inexpensively with accent accessories and objects to create a strong design statement.

Therefore, when it comes to giving a room a singular identity and character you want to invest in getting something unique that will create an accent or great statement in the space. Quality over quantity is key to interior design. Fewer quality accent pieces have a bigger impact on the design on your room than many lower quality accessories.

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Decorate with contrast: use color wisely

If the majority of the furnishings are neutral, then the contrast of dark neutrals, bronze, brown and gray color will create the sense of drama the room is going to need. Here are some tips.

If you’re looking to use more color when decorating with accessories, be sure to use the accent color sparingly and keep them within a certain color scheme. For example, keep golds/reds together and blue/green/gray togethers. Fewer punches of accent color make a space more exciting than having color everywhere throughout the room or space.

It is always a great rule of thumb to remember that accessories and objects look better over-scaled than under-scaled. When accessorizing, try to think larger versus smaller for a great look to the room.

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Express your individuality

Contrasting accessories in your interior will create a much more personal and exciting statement to a room. Ultimately, the use of accent accessories and personal objects is what creates and defines one’s personal room or space. In our current interior design world, there is a uniformity in our style. Accessories should be all about your personal preference, inspiration, and style. You should use things you love, not always what objects are currently popular or in demand.

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Design Resources: Want to learn more about decorating?

We invite you to explore the following resources, or visit our design and furniture store in Santa Rosa.