Accessorizing Your Home

Several years ago I used to teach classes on decorating and organizing. It was a fun gig and I learned that I really enjoyed teaching and sharing ideas. I love helping others feel comfortable in their decorating style. And guess what? You don’t have to follow the trends or do what anyone else is doing. You can do your own thing! Here are some general ideas for you to think about as you accessorize and decorate your home.

Accessorizing Your Home

Accessorizing Your Home to Your Personal Style

Create a Feel – Is your home Coastal, Contemporary, Eclectic, Cottage, Traditional, Country, Industrial, French inspired, or Vintage? Or is it a mix of several styles. It’s okay to mix styles. If you really love something you can make it work in your space (and others will appreciate it too).

Accessorizing your Home style

Create Groupings (Vignettes) – Gather similar items together for maximum impact or to show a collection. Limit the number in the collection you display though so it doesn’t get out of hand.

Accessorizing your Home vignettes

Scale and Height – Vary the height and size of objects for added interest and so it’s esthetically pleasing. Use books, plants, bowls, and small sculptural elements in the space.

Accessorizing Your Home scale

Think Layers – Use frames, trays, windows, plates, art pieces, and shutters as backdrops. Build out from there. Create 3 or 4 layers on a mantel, a shelf, or even a dresser or kitchen counter. This is a narrow mantel but I was still able to get a few layers.

Accessorizing Your Home layers

Create Balance Without Symmetry– Balance a tall large object with several smaller ones. Choose items in the same color palette to create balance.

Accessorizing Your Home Create Balance

Mix Textures and Finishes – Wood, Glass, Soft, Hard, Smooth, Rough, Natural, and Painted surfaces can all play well together. Experiment until you get the look you want.

Accessorizing Your Home Textures and Finishes

Use Natural Elements – Shells, Branches, Rocks, Feathers, Succulents, Flowers, Herbs, and Nests all bring nature into your home. Bringing nature in is a great way to ground a room and help it feel more welcoming.

Accessorizing your Home with Natural Elements

Add Sparkle and Shine – Glass, Silver, Crystal objects, Mirrors, and Reflective surfaces give your space a little glam and interest. A mirror placed on the opposite wall of a window can make a room feel bigger and brighter.

Accessorizing Your Home add Sparkle and Shine

Insert Personal Items – Add things that represent you and your family. Vacation souvenirs, Heirlooms, Family photos, and Monograms add personality and give your home individuality.

Accessorizing Your Home insert Personal Items

Use Books – Use them to add height, texture, color, and personality. You can also use them for layering either standing up or lying down.

Accessorizing Your Home using Books

Use Trays – They add another layer to your accessorizing. You can also place one on an ottoman to make a flat surface for drinks and decor that can easily be removed if needed.

Accessorizing Your Home using Trays

Add Color – You can easily bring color into a neutral room through accessories. Choose one or two favorite colors to carry from room to room within your home.

Accessorizing Your Home using Color

Taking It Outdoors – Let your surroundings stand out. Complement, don’t compete with nature. Make your outdoor space an additional living area for your family during the warm weather months.

Accessorizing Your Home outdoors

It’s a quick summary but I hope you get the idea of the class and it helps you decide how to accessorize your home. Choose a couple ideas you really want to focus on. Editing is the key!

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  • Wendy brown August 17, 2012, 6:59 am

    I thought the class was fabulous. I learned so much. You inspired me and I can’t wait to go through my house and move things around.

  • Tanya August 17, 2012, 4:11 pm

    What a fun class! Love your suggestions and I too have so much fun decorating and re-decorating (moving and improving) all the time. Thank you 🙂

    xoxo, Tanya

  • Summer August 19, 2012, 10:39 am

    I love all of your suggestions – so sad I missed out on this class. Thanks for posting what you taught 🙂

  • María Eugenia August 19, 2012, 7:37 pm

    Simply beautiful and dedicated. Hermoso!!!…. Felicitaciones.

  • Erin {Home Everyday} August 24, 2012, 11:16 am

    Thank you so much for these tips. This is an area that I can really use help with. Perhaps I need more practice at creating vignettes. Thanks again!

  • Debbie August 24, 2012, 6:57 pm

    Great tips!! Thanks for sharing, and teaching.
    Saw you sharing at Serenity Now
    Debbie 🙂

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