Hey there! We thought it would be fun to show you the major difference that accessories can make in a room design. So many people can pull together the “big” items in a room, like a buffet and dining table, or a couch and accent chair, but then seem to have trouble getting the room to look “finished”. We all look at design magazines and read home blogs and see rooms that look absolutely perfect; stylish, yet still cozy, warm and inviting. What is it about those rooms? Take a closer look, and you’ll see that the room feels finished because of all the finishing touches (ie: accessories)! Well, duh.
Let’s look at our guest room makeover before we added in the fun accessories:
Ok. that wall is cool, but besides that, this could be anybody’s room. It lacks personality and excitement don’t you think? Now look at the after picture:
Ahhh… now that’s a finished room. Adding accessories to a room design is a great way to personlize your space. Find stuff that makes you smile, or that has sentimental value and bring them into your room. You’ll notice that we added two vintage suitcases at the foot of the bed, put a darling little pillow on the chair, added some funky throw pillows on the bed, and put a plant by the bed (all easy things to do!) and the room immediately looks more put-together.
This cart was a great find at a store named Impact and cost us only $8. On it’s own, it’s fine, but it’s not going to cause anyone to pass out with excitement. But once we added a globe, some books and a whole bunch of linens (remember this is a guest room?), it makes a big impression. Don’t you love it when form and function meet in beautiful, accessorized harmony? 🙂
I have to admit that “dressing up” a room is one of my absolute favorite things to do, and while Monica is amazing at dreaming up the big projects in a room, she (admittedly) doesn’t like accessorizing at all. (That’s why we make a good team!) Here’s what I do when I’m trying to decorate my mantel, buffet or anything else: I gather absolutely every accessory I can get my hands on that isn’t nailed down and lay them all out. Then, I fiddle for about an hour trying to find the perfect layout. Bringing items you already have into the room allows you to evaluate what items you can work with, and what items you may need to purchase. Just to help you out,, here are a couple of things to keep in mind when you are trying to accessorize:
1. The Rule of Three: Not sure why this is, but it’s proven that groupings of odd numbers are more appealing to the eye than even-numbered pairings. It forces your eye to move from piece to piece and adds visual interest. You can group like things (for example: three identical glass bottles) or things that have the same materials (ie: three stacked books).
2. Mountains and Valleys: When you stand back and look at whatever your accessorizing, you should see varying heights and shapes. (ex: square frame beside a round bowl). Think about putting opposites next to each other. They always say opposites attract!
3. Symmetry or Asymmetry? A good rule of thumb is that symmetrical groupings creates a more formal look, whereas asymmetrical design looks casual and informal.
4. Texture and Color: You’ll want to add lots of texture to make things interesting (ie: adding a woven basket next to a glass vase), and repeat your color scheme throughout the design. Doing this creates a more unified look.
5. Layer! Nothing is more boring than a row of frames on a shelf. Try leaning a framed family picture against a piece of art on your mantel, or stack a few books on a tray and add a plant on top. You want the room to appear alive and full of movement, not static!
These rules are not set in stone, they simply offer a guideline. If something in your home makes you happy, and it doesn’t include anything from this list…then who cares? It’s your home. 🙂 But hopefully you won’t forget to add the finishing touches to your room design! It makes a WORLD of difference! 🙂
Gosh I love the cases at the end of the bed. I’ve heard that about odd numbers in landscaping, too.
Agree! Beautiful photos! It’s refreshing not to see too much of the “quatrefoil” pattern . This pattern has become so ubiquitous. It appears on upholstery, rugs, drapes, bed linens, wallpaper, etc. —a little too much of a good thing.