arrange home accessories

Home accessories can be the finishing touches to the design of a room or clutter the space. It all depends upon the items chosen and their arrangement in the room that will make the difference.

Start with an Empty Canvas

Remove all the decorative items from the room. Spend a few days living in the space as a blank canvas. Think about the accessories you own that would complement the decor, but other possibilities to enhance the space as well.

Make Style and Function Decisions

To effectively transform the space, be mindful that each accessory chosen expresses the style you want to accomplish for the room. Use only the accessories that fit the need and decor in the room. Set the rest aside to use in another room or to dispose of later.

Repurpose Already-Owned Accessories

By clearing a room of accessories and having all the pieces collected in one space, choose items that would best work within the room based upon decor and function, as mentioned above. Some items might have sentimental value, which you will want to prioritize in placement. Fill in with other items as appropriate, but don’t try to force a grouping. Items can be repurposed in other rooms or donated. The best complement to the space should drive decision making.

Once you have chosen items to use in a room, follow these few tips for arranging:

  • Less is usually more.
  • Remember to keep the design theme consistent when choosing the right accessories.
  • Place largest accessories and the must-have items in the room first.
  • Add each additional item one at a time, evaluating as you go to determine if it adds or detracts from the design goal for the room.
  • Make sure the room accessories are consistent in either color, style or shape as the alternative detracts from the space; too many different shapes or styles will end in a cluttered look. Think in terms of related groupings.
  • Formal decor setting should have more symmetry in placement, and casual should be asymmetrical and odd groupings.
  • When working on asymmetrical groupings, consider triangular groupings for added depth and dimension.
  • Keep accessory size in proportion to the scale of the room.
  • While keeping in mind consistency in groupings is important, so too is adding a little interest through contrasting items. Use the technique sparingly for greater design impact as well as to not risk having a cluttered look.
  • Always keep wall art and photos at eye level.

Overall, remember to design with a consistent decor, theme or style, but take decorating risks, too. Home accessories are an opportunity to express your personal style. Most important, have fun with the project!