Arranging Rules for Home Decor Accessories

Oct 3rd

One of the clichés about using accessories to decorate your home is that less is more. However, there are no set rules on how to best display your home decor accessories. Some people fill an accent wall or built-in shelves with a striking collection of artwork, crafts or photos, while others keep surfaces clear and streamlined in order to highlight a single focal point. Consider some general tips regarding color, contrast and texture to make your home accessories one of the highlights of your home decor.

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Creative Groupings – Devote a floating shelf, cabinet surface, fireplace mantel, built-in niche or bookshelf to a creative grouping of objects. Arrange pieces by color, material, country of origin, era or theme to make the grouping stand out. Your arrangement may consist of a simple line of tea lights, or it may feature several styles of miniature toy robots. Disparate objects may have a unifying factor, such as various dishes with different floral designs or knickknacks that all have cobalt blue details. Create a splash of contrast by including a single piece with a striking difference, such as a brilliant periwinkle vase amid a group of pale yellow vases. Different textures can also highlight disparate pieces. Place smooth river stones on a rough rattan runner or striking shells in a container of sand.

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Symmetry and Placement – You should play with symmetry and placement of home decor accessories. Some people prefer a symmetrical layout, such as a fireplace mantel flanked by identical candle holders and vases. Others seek out a slight variation, such as a set of matching tabletop easels holding diverse art postcards or small scale drawings and paintings. However, an asymmetrical grouping catches the eye. Try moving two tall candles to one side of a mantel and balance them with a wide vase of flowers on the other side. Consider lopsided or uneven arrangements consisting of objects in odd numbers. Use the full depth of a the surface, placing a row of objects along the back and one or three large objects in the front.

Personalize the Display – Add your personality to your home decor by selecting accessories that you feel a personal connection with. Accessories can serve as focal points and spark conversations. Integrate family heirlooms, recycled objects, flea market finds, and souvenirs from world travel, do-it-yourself projects and collections into your displays. Your grandmother’s old teapot can make a beautiful vase for flowers, while a vintage plant stand only needs a coat of antique whitewash to brighten a shabby chic bedroom. Frame large artwork for a formal look, or prop canvases against the wall for a bohemian modern effect.

Consider the style, color scheme and theme of the room when choosing what type of home decor accessories to add.