Choosing & Arranging Home Accessories


There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to accessorizing a home. However, there certainly are guidelines one can follow. Home accessories encompass a vast range of functional as well as purely decorative items. Decorative accessories could include all kinds of objects d’art like paintings; wall-hangings of tapestry, ceramic, etc; curios of porcelain, metal or other materials for shelf or tabletop display. Objects like lamps, cushions, rugs, clocks, mirrors, etc, serve a functional purpose as well. With so many options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or land up overdoing things. So, how should one decide what accessories to buy? It works well to first plan everything to a ‘T’ and then figure out what accessories you already have to work with before you hit the stores.

The first step is to identify places that need to be accentuated or livened up with accessories. This consideration should cover floor, wall and ceiling space. Starting with the placement of functional pieces is always a good idea. Consider where it is convenient to place a clock, for example. One should ideally be able to see it from all commonly occupied positions in a room, and certainly the most occupied place. For proper functionality, a floor lamp would need to be placed next to the main couch or a favorite chair, but ideally in a corner – It would look odd in the middle of a room or in the middle of a wall, and could be toppled over in those places. Aesthetics is also important for any accessory, but, functional accessories like fans, lights, etc, should be placed with functionality in mind, primarily.

Once the areas are identified for art, shelves, table decoration, rugs, etc, make sure you get placement and sizes right. The good-old measuring tape and a measure of aesthetic sense will tell you what size you should be looking for. Balance, scale and proportion are very important factors in interior design. They will make or break your overall look.

If you have more than one spot for paintings in a single room, for example, you will want to make them look well placed in proportion to one another and surrounding furniture. A number of similar smaller wall-pieces can be arranged diagonally, in a row or in a square formation if there are four. If there is a couch in front, whether the wall-pieces are centered or pushed to one side of the couch, proper proportions and visual lines have to be created.

One can play around with arranging curios and photographs on shelves or table tops. Usually, similar items are grouped together. If you have three porcelain angels, as an example, don’t scatter them around the room or shelf – Place them together.

Create design harmony:
Colours and styles must be harmonious. If your decor is of a particular color scheme, for example, you certainly can and should introduce a splash of color here and there – with a rug, cushion, or art, for example. However, use colors that go well together. The best way to figure how things will add up is to move around with samples of your furnishings when you are shopping for home accessories.

One must also not go in for accessories with too many different style concepts. Doing so usually results in an aesthetic clash. For example, if the interior decoration of your home has an edgy contemporary look, try to stick to contemporary designs as much as possible.

In summation:
Accessorizing your home correctly starts with planning placements and sizing first. This is best done after your basic interiors are ready. Colours and styles must also be in sync.


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