New Year New Decor. Step 10. How to Accessorize.

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 Miles Redd

By Miles Redd

found via pinterest

found via pinterest

by Kishani Perera

by Kishani Perera

found on pinterest

found on pinterest

Accessorizing your home by Tiffany Brooks1

by Jay jeffers

by Jay Jeffers

from lonny mag

from lonny mag

found on Pinterest

found on Pinterest

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.

Art

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:

This is a DONT  via studiocreativejuice

This is a DONT
via studiocreativejuice

This is a DONT  Via Studiocreativejuice

This is a DONT
Via Studiocreativejuice

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.

Tiffany-brooks-paris-apartment-chicago-interior-designer-hgtv-star-5 Tiffany Brooks Interior Design blog

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.

Window Treatments

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..

http://yaydecor.com/2014/09/23/good-question-what-to-do-for-my-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!

This image has been floating around pinterst for awhile. And it is 100% correct.

This image has been floating around pinterst for awhile. And it is 100% correct.

With that being said here are some great resources to get ready made and inexpensive window treatments:

OTHER ACCESSORIES

With your horizontal surfaces accessory ideas are endless…

  • by Tiffany Brooks

    by Tiffany Brooks

For More Ideas Click Here

via pinterest

via pinterest

via simpledetailsblog.com

via simpledetailsblog.com

via thisisglamourous.com

via thisisglamourous.com

from style at home

from style at home

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

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
Think Big, Medium, Small, Skinny, and Wide. Vary the size of your accessories. Big (the art) Medium (the lamp & vase) Smalls (jugs) Skinny - candle sticks

Think Big, Medium, Small, Skinny, and Wide. Vary the size of your accessories. Big (the art) Medium (the lamp & vase) Smalls (jugs) Skinny – candle sticks

  • 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.
Before. Way to many photos.

Before. Way to many photos.

after by Tiffany Brooks. Sometimes less is more

after by Tiffany Brooks. Sometimes less is more

  • 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.
By Tiffany Brooks. I used silhouttes of the entire family to give comic relief an otherwise traditional room,

By Tiffany Brooks. I used silhouttes of the entire family to give comic relief an otherwise traditional room,

  • DO study other accessory groupings to see how the designer compiled it. Resources like Pinterest are amazing for this.
After 6

By Tiffany Brooks

By Tiffany Brooks

By Tiffany Brooks

 

Tiffany Brooks, YAYdecor 1

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:

12 steps

The book comes with all of the done for you worksheets and guides that you will need to get started on your space.

Many Blessings!

 

10 replies

  1. Love your ideas! I will be looking out for more! As soon as I get my money right, I will definitely need your help in redecorating my living/dining room.

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