The excitement about the coming Holiday party season, and the associated entertaining, can be mixed with dread as it brings attention to our homes. We may suddenly feel a desperate need for some quick but impact-full home decorating. However, a decorating makeover can be an intimidating idea. Many of us do not feel we have the expertise and the resources necessary to bring sophistication and design into our homes. For many of us, making decisions about what we need in order to create a beautiful room is very difficult. We are overcome with uncertainty; we just don’t know where to start.
So… start with a few new accessories! This is one place you can be truly unique. It’s all about you, Go for it, but do follow some guidelines. Think carefully about what you like as well as what the architecture of the room dictates. Study and save photos of rooms you love. What attracts you to these rooms? Identify the accessories and their placement that you find appealing.
The selection and placement of just the right accessories is just as important to the design of a room as is the furniture. Accessorizing brings elegance, style and color to a room, thus creating charm and personality.
This can be an especially challenging task in large rooms with several focal points. Many 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 needed to compliment the dramatic architecture. But, how large should wall decor be? What color? What materials? One picture — or three pictures? A pair of lamps — or just one? Our questions are unending. Existing furniture and drapery as well as the volume of space in the room will help to set some guidelines.
A few, well-chosen accessories arranged in groups or pairs will add impact to a design, while many small accessories scattered around the room create the appearance of clutter. The old cliche, “Bigger is better” applies. Choose large, dramatic pieces. Large-scale accessories are also desirable in smaller rooms, where they give an impression of more space. Look around your room with a critical eye. Purge anything you would not buy today.
Placing pictures in pairs and groups give them an importance that will compliment the scale of high ceilings and large furniture. Stack two or more pictures on a tall narrow wall. A collection of small prints can be grouped in a set of six, three over three. This unifies the collection and creates the illusion of one large piece of art. Some carefully selected pillows will also set a mood in a room. Choose bright happy colors or muted, sophisticated tones to create the ambiance in which you are comfortable.
The right accessories, suitably placed, can really take a room design to a whole new level. Take before & after pictures of you work, they are amazing! They clearly show how you can transform a room with a few well chosen accessories. Remember, while does require some thought and work, it is not brain surgery! Relax and enjoy the process.