If you are just joining us, I have been writing on how homeowners can design their homes, step by step. And this week we are talking about accessorizing.
Accessorizing is typically my dead last step when I am designing for my clients. Not on purpose, but I love going on those 1 day spending sprees with a set budget, a list of antique malls, and my latte. In reality, if you think about accessorizing much sooner (like before you leave the house to shop) you would be more successful. This is because that final layer, the accessories, is typically the most interesting. Collecting items and considering placement at this step creates a more curated look.
Before I get into the hows and how not’s, lets recap on the steps you may have missed that got us here:
Steps 1 & 2 – Getting Inspired
Steps 3 & 4 – Function & Starting a Shopping List
Step 5: – Color
Step #6 – Pattern and Texture
Step 7a & 7b – Space Planning
Step 8 – Lighting
Step 9 – Elevations
Accessories and art are very personal. I am gonna jump this off by showing some of my favorite moments in accessorizing…
By now your inspiration photos should be worn and wrinkled as much as we picked them up. Grab those again, and decide if you are one that likes minimal accessories, or are you a more is more sort of person. Do you like vintage finds, or modern sculpture. Is taxidermy your thing or do you have a thing for brass? Now its time to really hone in on your preferences, because that will determine what you are looking for with art and accessories.
Using your floor plans you should be able to pinpoint the areas that we need to accessorize. Normally those areas in a room are mostly any horizontal area, such as your bookcases, table tops, and mantles. Then negative wall space by adding art and window treatments.
Lets start by selecting art and window treatments. We are going to be using your elevations to determine how much art we need. With sourcing the art, you may already own some pretty amazing pieces, or have a treasure trove at your parents or grandparents houses to tap into. I suggest searching there 1st.
When selecting the size of your art, I suggest going for the drama. There is nothing worse than seeing a small print or painting on a large wall. I vote go large with 1 piece or go for a large gallery wall, with a number of pieces.
Here are some photos of what not to do:
Both of these really tell you how NOT to display art. These prints are WAY to small for your massive walls.
These are better. Much better.
If you need some other sources for Art Here are a few of my go tos:
- Etsy.com – (original, vintage) $-$$
- Art.com (reproductions) $-$$$
- Allposters.com (reproductions) $-$$$
- saatchiart.com (original art + prints) $$$-$$$+ Prints are lower
- thetappancollective.com $$-$$$
- minted.com $-$$$
Select, or pin some of your favorites for later purchase. DON’T YOU DARE BY ANYTHING NOW – stay patient we are budgeting next.
With your window treatments, use the same method. Are you simple decorator, or a more is more type with your windows. Your inspiration will tell you this.
Here is a post that I did a little while ago to get you inspired with your windows..
In your last elevation step you would have measured your windows. If you are keeping it simple you need to know one thing… Go all the way up to the ceiling!
With that being said here are some great resources to get ready made and inexpensive window treatments:
With your horizontal surfaces accessory ideas are endless…
Now you have been inspired what to add to your shopping list for accessories there are some DO’s and DON’Ts…
- DON’T use too many small trinkets this creates a very cluttered look.
- DO vary the sizes of you accessories in one area/grouping.
- DO use the Big, Medium, Small, Skinny, Wide + A Floral rule…
- DON’T have too many photos. I know you love your kids, but having too many photos, you create the DON’T in rule 1.
- DO rotate your family photos. You do not have to ditch them permanently, rotating photos and accessories creates a refresh of sorts when you are tired of your look.
- DON’T over do it with pillows. People should be able to sit on your sofa, and getting in bed should not be a chore.
- DO display your collections in groups. Think groups of 3, 5, 7, limiting your number of items that you display makes each item more interesting.
- DO include humor in your accessories and art. Think of what would spark conversation, or really show off your personality.
- DO study other accessory groupings to see how the designer compiled it. Resources like Pinterest are amazing for this.
You should be a pro at accessorizing by now. Just kidding. But the great news is, we have 1 more step left before we hit the streets to shop for your new room!!!
Wanna read ahead?
If so, you can download “12 Steps To Designing Your Interiors” (the entire e-book) by clicking the image here:
The book comes with all of the done for you worksheets and guides that you will need to get started on your space.