How to Choose and Display Decorative Accessories
If you don't have a love affair with objects, hunting for just the right accent pieces and decorative accessories for your home can feel like a chore; yet if you keep a few helpful hints in mind and establish criteria before you begin, you will be able to eliminate much of the anxiety associated with decorating.
Selecting AccessoriesDon't concern yourself with the details of accessorizing until the bare bones of the environment have been covered. The placement of accessories comes only after completing the architecture, painting, and furnishing of the space. Once lighting is installed and wallcoverings and window treatments are up, you'll be ready to begin.
Materials & TypesWhen purchasing decorative accessories, follow your instincts. Some of us prefer certain materials, such as metal or ceramic, to others. You may find that you have a tendency to break glass or feel that manmade materials are unappealing. Are you inexplicably attracted to sculpture? How about mirrors? Perhaps you want only functional items such as candlesticks, picture frames, or plant stands to dress the room. Establish a set of criteria to follow when selecting items. It can be fun to focus on cultural or historical themes or regional influences inspired by your home's location. Whatever you choose, ask yourself how it will suit the mood of the room and fit into the overall look of the space. Ask yourself if the pieces you've chosen blend with the general decor.
PlacementPlacement of your accessories is key. If you break into a cold sweat at the thought of hammering a nail into the wall or finding the perfect position for a Daum vase that you carried by hand from Paris, then consider the services of a professional interior designer. Many designers offer hourly services for placing your objects and artwork.
If you are equipped and confident, begin by moving around the room to view it from every possible angle. Let the space dictate the composition. Imagine your objects and think in three dimensions. Consider the natural and installed lighting, and the scale, balance, and relationship of objects to each other and to other elements in the room. Notice how your eye is drawn to certain areas. Perhaps your goal is to create a focal point. Don't be intimidated; you'll be surprised at your own decorating ability if you allow yourself the freedom to experiment with placement. Have no fear when adding decorative pieces, as you can always move something that doesn't look quite right. The only person you need to please is yourself. If you follow your own preferences, your personal style will shine through, which is truly what a home is all about.
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