When accessorizing your home it’s sometimes easy to simply place a vase, hang a picture, or toss a pillow and call a space decorated – admit it, we’ve all done it at one time or another. Although it may look O.K. ask yourself, ”What can I do to take it to the next level?”
Take It Up A Notch
Learn to build on your accessorizing efforts. Don’t stop after placing your first accessory - make it better. While enjoying our “work-cation” earlier this week, Terrie and I played with this idea, shopping my house for accessories in order to create this sample to share with you:
1. A large urn adds a nice touch to a room – but filling it with a bundle of tall, natural sticks turns it into a dramatic presence. Place a small trunk filled with greens beside the stick filled vase and it generates more visual interest.
2. Try another look by replacing the box of greens with a floor easel and a piece of art.
3. Replace the tall vertical framed art with a smaller horizontal piece, revealing the curved top of the easel, and the look of the art /easel combo look changes.
4. Add a third accessory to balance the arrangement. Now this is it – the final arrangement! Well, at least until the accessories are rearranged at a later date!
Experiment With The Process
There are guidelines, there are general rules, and there are some ideas that are better than others – but accessorizing is a process, not a single act. Stretch yourself when accessorizing a room. Instead of stopping after placing your first accessory, add another, play with the arrangement until it feels right and then change it one more time after you think you’re satisfied - just to be sure! You’ll find it fun and sometimes frustrating, but the end result will be better than the single accessory placed with little effort.
Share your accessorizing efforts with us by emailing before and after photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can all learn from each others trials, errors and successes!