Accessorizing is an integral part of home decor, where you bring the entire set-up together and give it a character. If you are anything like me, you are never completely happy with your home decor.
Every time I think I have nailed my home’s decor with the perfect accessories, I see something interesting at a friend’s place or even worse, the store!
And of course, I need it, irrespective of whether it matches the existing scheme of decor. In fact, in my head, I have already found a place for it!
If you are in the same boat – buy random accessories and then scramble around to fit them with the existing decor, this post is for you. I have finally come up with basic rules to help me accessorize my house without going over-board.
Identifying Home Decor Accessories
Before getting into the intricacies of accessorizing your home, let’s take a look at a few home decor accessories. This is broad segregation, but you can add anything to this list as long as you are comfortable with it.
When it comes to decorating a space, often our first thought is about the walls. While paintings and family pictures are the most common ones in this category, mirrors, decals, and floating shelves are great options too.
Think candles, ceramics, vases, or figurines. While the larger pieces of furniture need a specific layout and are pretty much permanent, these smaller knick-knacks are ideal to create layers. You can replace them anytime at your whims and fancies.
My favorites are flameless candles. They are safe, and you can pair them with any other accessory or use them by themselves.
If you think they might not give the look and feel of traditional candles, then you should check the Matchless Candle Company.
Every guest who has walked into my house has complimented me for the realistic moving flame. They have an excellent selection for every space of your home – from the bedroom to the outdoor patio.
Plants and Flowers
Be it faux or real, flowers and plants are great ways to add a touch of nature. While both add texture to your space, flowers especially can make a room cheerful and lively.
Throw Pillows, Blankets, and Rugs
Throw pillows and blankets make a space cozy and inviting. They add color and personality to a room. When coordinated with rugs, they can tie a room together.
Now let’s see how we can put them together to give a pleasant look.
Layer With Color & Texture
Accessories are the simplest way to add color to your decor. But before you start accessorizing, keep in mind the purpose of the room.
For bedrooms or reading areas, you want a calmer vibe that will help you relax or wind down at the end of a busy day. Busier spaces like your living room or family room can have colorful accessories that make the room vibrant and energetic.
Texture works on top of the color to give your room a personality. You can use throw pillows, rugs, flowers, and plants for this purpose. And if you want to transform a neutral room, then texture is your friend.
Texture gives you the ability to style a room according to your mood or the season. Add in bright colored pillows and rugs like yellow, orange, and bright green to make the room warm. Fur and deep pile rugs give a cozy feel.
Contrast is a great but tricky way to make a room interesting. When used in moderation, it can brighten up space, but over-doing it can give a chaotic feel.
Less Is Often More
Have you ever walked into a room and felt overwhelmed with the decor? It is probably because there are too many things giving it a busy feel.
Often we buy random pieces and want to display each one. This is when it starts getting cluttered. Instead of telling their story, every accessory is now competing with it’s ‘peers’ to get the audience’s attention.
Try and embrace the thought of ‘less is more.’ Select a few accessories and arrange them, leaving some blank spaces. This makes the space elegant.
One tip that I have found helpful here is to batch my accessories. This means you can create different sets and display them inter-changeably every few months.
Asymmetric arrangements give a casual and informal vibe. They strike a balance by managing visual weights through proportions, colors, and textures. Since they do not follow the rules of making everything look even, they make the space appealing.
You can try this style by mixing and matching accessories of different proportions and textures in groups of threes or fives.
For example, a console table at the entrance of your house can have 3 glass vases of different shapes or 5 candles of varying colors or a combination of both.
Accessories can give any room a facelift. All you need to do is:
- Think of the purpose of the room and use color and texture to provide layers to the decor.
- Not go overboard with too many accessories.
- Balance asymmetrically to make the space attractive.
If all these sound daunting, remember you don’t have to start everything at once. You can begin by rearranging the accessories you already have. How about reducing the clutter? Start with one corner and slowly move to other parts. In no time, your house will be a home-decor haven.