Accessorizing 101

Most homeowners would agree that accessorizing may well be one of the most difficult tasks in the interior design of the home. Somehow, choosing the right accessories to place on a specific surface always poses a problem. Several factors may be at play. Size and style would play an important role as well as texture and color. These accessories should also take into consideration the design style of the home as well as the theme of the space. Then there’s also personality. Sometimes, the homeowner’s character and individuality would also be a major factor in choosing the right mix. To start off in choosing the right accessories and how to use them, here are a few tips.

  1. Every room in the house must be accessorized. Main rooms such as the living room, dining room, bathroom and kitchen are musts for accessorizing but then again, the foyer, the hallways, the stairs and stairwells should not be neglected. These transition spaces are great rooms to give a peek of what character of the home will look like. Leave no room bare especially if individuality and character is what you are after.
  2. Create focal points. In every room in the house make sure that one arrangement stands out. Even if the room is fully accessorized, let one accessory stand out. It may be a painting on a wall, a sculpture on a pedestal or even a set of knick-knacks on a center table but be sure that the focal creates interest and draws the attention of the viewer. This will be good accent pieces and conversation starters especially if you love to invite people in your home or if you love to entertain.
  3. Do not go overboard. Restraint and simplicity are better than clutter. Create a lived-in look without making the room overcrowded and confusing. Control yourself. If you can’t control the buying, control the arranging. Shelves should not be filled. Leave spaces for the wall to peek through and coffee tables should have some room for serving. Tables should have space for functional as well as decorative pieces and walls should be decorated so that the entire wall is not covered.
  4. Hang most accessories at eye level or below. If in seated position, hang them at seated eye-level. Standing eye level is five feet six inches and seated eye level is three feet six inches. Find the center of whatever it is that you want to hang and be sure that this is what you place at eye level. Anything that you view while seated on a sofa should be measured at seated eye level. Shelves and other hanging items should also use the standing eye level as a reference. This will guarantee that accessories are well appreciated and it gives also a gauge to really highlight a particular item, especially if it is a focal point.
  5. Exercise judgment in spacing accessories. Leave space in between and make sure that they are not crowded together that nothing stands out. When using small objects, either on a wall or table, arrange in groups or clusters and not in a row. Avoid lining them up like in a shooting gallery to add an interesting appeal to it so as not to make it look monotonous. Keep texture, color, shape, balance, scale and proportion in mind. Group according to texture, color or according to style or; you can always be creative when grouping stuff together. Form patterns, arrange according to height or according to set and your mess will magically become organized.
  6. Use three-dimensional objects for variety and depth. Mix two dimensional objects like frames and plaques with clocks, mirrors, plants on shelves to give needed height and length to a room. When using frames, sometimes the frame itself becomes the accessory so learn to play up on this. Try this… an empty frame, heavily carved, ornate and painted in bold colors against a plain, boring wall can work wonders. Or, having black and white prints or photographs framed in ornate designs or in bold colors will give your wall extra pop of color and texture.

Have fun!

 

*Appeared in The Philippine STAR on  Feb. 24, 2017