I wanted to share some ideas and my two thoughts on accessorizing. Accessorizing does take practice and playing with different options to get a feel for why things work and what looks good. I think it is funny when we get home from vacation, my girls run to their room to play with their toys they missed while we were gone and I rearrange my “toys” that I missed! I usually have a new treasure to find a home for that I found on our vacation.
I first started working with designers when I was 15. I would go out with them on installs to clients homes. I learned a lot by observing and through trial and error. I eventually became the Manager and Buyer for the store. I have to say that some people had the knack for accessories and others it did not come easy. The ones who practiced were the ones who excelled right away and were the best. Here are a few tips and tricks that I use.
This sideboard is in my front room. I do have a lot of accessories on here, but it is what I like in my personal space.
This is why everything works well-
-There is balance in colors. The navy pot in the front pulls the navy from the art that is in the back. I used white and pink in both groupings.
-Nothing is taking away from the art, which is the focal point.
-The books are all the same color that I wrapped in light wallpaper.
-The books also add variety in height and ground the accessories.
-Larger accessories add drama, like the candelabra and mercury cake pedestal I used here.
This is an example of what NOT to do.
-Everything in this grouping is about the same height.
-There is no balance of color from one side to the other.
-The photographs in the frame’s distract from the art.
-There is nothing to ground the accessories and create groupings such as trays or books laying flat.
This is an example of a cleaner, simpler look that does work.
-The color is balanced with white on both sides.
-There are different textures with the basket.
-There are varying heights with the book laying flat.
This look is very monochromatic and pretty simple. It works, but does not have a lot of depth and contrast. I used colors that I have throughout my entire room to tie it all together in the first photo.
Now go and practice.
Take a picture of your space and look at it with new fresh eyes.
You can read HERE on what this sideboard looked like in my Utah home and how I changed the look with the wallpaper panels.