Scale of Accessories
When it comes to decorating with accessories, the single most important thing to consider is the use of scale; meaning making strong statements with fewer items. In other words, in one’s grandparents house accessories meant a lot of little things that made collections. In today’s accessory world, the goal we want to achieve is the idea of a few strong statement pieces are really what compliments furniture in a room and gives it character. It’s the idea that the scale of accessories can add a sense of excitement and unexpected drama that furniture alone can not supply in a room. The mixture of making statement pieces with different periods and styles of accessories is also an important goal when choosing accessories for the room. Certain accessories can provide 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 but you can furnish a room inexpensively with accessories and make a statement. Therefore, When it comes to giving a room a singular identity and character you want to invest in getting something unique that will make a great statement to the room. Quality vs Quantity, while investment on quality is key, fewer accessories make bigger statements to a room.
Color & Texture
A room with contrast: If majority of the room of furnishings or atmosphere is primary neutrals, then the contrast of dark neutrals, bronze, brown and gray will create a sense of drama the room is going to need. If you’re looking for more of a color approach when accessorizing, then one wants to use color sparingly and keep color accessories within a certain pattern. For example, keep golds/reds together and blue/green/gray togethers. Fewer punches of color make a room more exciting than having color everywhere throughout the room.
It is always a good rule of thumb to remember that accessories look better over-scaled than under-scaled. When accessorizing, try to think larger vs smaller for a better result to the room. Contrasting accessories to interiors makes a much more personal and exciting statement to a room. Ultimately, the use of accessories is what defines one’s personal space. In our current design world, there is a uniformity in our style. Accessories should be all about your personal preference and style and not always what’s currently popular or in demand.
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- Our portfolio of interior and exterior design projects in California.
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