Have you ever wondered why your home never seems to feel finished or special? Just what is that elusive difference between “nice” and “WOW”?
Often the difference is as simple as choosing exciting accessories that are properly scaled for each room. Fewer, well-chosen accessories arranged in groups or pairs will add impact and drama to any design.
Many of the newer homes in our area were built with an open floor plan featuring high, soaring ceilings and huge two-story windows. Large, impressive accessories are a “must” to compliment the dramatic architecture in these rooms. Furniture, as well, should be chosen to match the volume of space in the room. In these rooms the cliché “bigger is better” applies. Large impactful accessories are also desirable in smaller rooms. They tend to give an impression of space.
Many small accessories scattered around a room gives the appearance of clutter. If you have lots of small “knickknacks” or collections that you cherish*, group them together with some larger pieces to ground them and to give them impact and importance.
1. PURGE old, outdated accessories. Note the word *cherish. Do not save something bought years ago unless you would purchase it again today.
2. GROUP accessories in clusters of three. This unifies the collection and gives the illusion of one focal point. A fireplace mantle or side table that is lined up with many small similarly sized accessories appears to be a disorganized platoon of little soldiers; ready to march off the edge! Collections are far more attractive in small vignettes. Groups of three can be grouped into larger groups of three.
3. VARY the sizes and finishes in each group. A grouping of accessories is far more interesting if it includes different sizes and finishes. Try to imagine your vignette fitting into a pyramid shape. A low pot with a feathery plant next to a taller framed photo next too a tall lamp is a nicely varied group on a table, and simple to do.
Most important don’t take this task too seriously, do what you love and have fun!