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The Importance of Accessories & The Do’s & Don’ts

November 15, 2016
The Importance of Accessories & The Do's & Don'ts

When redesigning any space, no matter how large or small, there is one element that should never ever be overlooked, accessories.

The Importance of Accessories & The Do’s & Don’ts

Without accessories, your spaces, no matter how beautifully decorated or furnished, will be left looking and feeling incredibly unloved. Think of accessories as the icing on a cake,  offering visual interest, and detail. If you source your accessories during the design process, your room/s will look complete.

The Importance of Accessories

They are a powerful tool and here’s why.

  • They make your spaces come alive as they add texture, colour, pattern and form.
  • Accessories aren’t just eye candy – objects can be functional in their forms such as vases, books, and bowls.
  • Accessories pull your design scheme together.

The Do’s

  1. Always budget for accessories when pulling together a design scheme. They should never be an afterthought. If you budget from the outset, you will ensure that you won’t end up spending all your hard earnt cash on furniture and decorating leaving a bland boring space.
  2. Tell Your Own Story – Go through what you already own, and see what works with your new scheme. Adding memorabilia such as family heirlooms, photographs, and your interests shows who you are as a person. Having things you love around you will ensure you’ll enjoy your homes more. These personal touches are often great conversational points when you have visitors too.
  3. Choose accessories that not only reflect your spaces but also your style and taste. By doing so, you’ll be making your home unique and individual to you.

Mix It Up

The Importance of Accessories & The Do's & Don'ts

Here accessories have been used to add bright pops of colour to an all-white colour scheme. Note how personal photographs, are displayed together with contemporary and more traditional art pieces. Mixing up old with new makes for an interesting space.  It tells a personal story of who lives here. The chosen accessories have created a relaxed, and fun informal styled space and tie in the fun traditional pendant lights.


Bring Your Room Alive – Add Texture

The Importance of Accessories & The Do's & Don'ts

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Adding accessories such as throws, sheepskins, cushions, and flowers add texture and interest. This fascinating room uses accessories to visually lift this dark space.

Grouping Small Accessories For Greater Impact

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Large objects aside, grouping accessories together offers greater visual impact. A good tip to remember is that smaller items will be lost if spread out in a room.


Mix Scale & Form

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Varying the scale of your accessories, as well as taking into consideration their form (shape), will provide impact and visual interest. Here different scaled artwork contrasts with the 3d forms of the dome and trinket box. The plant adds texture, life and colour to this beautifully styled space.

Think Outside The Box

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These beautiful mirrors are a great alternative to an art gallery wall. Providing impact, interest and detail to the space with the reflective surfaces.

Enhance The Architecture

The Importance of Accessories & The Do's & Don'ts

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Scale and proportion are all important when adding accessories to any space. Accessories should work with your rooms and enhance them. If you’re lucky to have a room with high ceilings, go add that tall plant and show off the height of the room.

Complement Your Decor

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Chose accessories that compliment your decor. Here monochromatic accessories ((tints, tones, and shades of a single hue) visually blend in with their surroundings, creating a soft easy on the eye effect to a space.


Add The Element of Surprise

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Going larger than life, this clock adds an element of surprise providing a wow factor to the room. The unexpected accessory in a room is a good way of providing a punchy impact.

The Dont’s

  • Spreading accessories out within a space waters down their visual impact and become less significant.
  • Try not to clutter your spaces with meaningless objects. If you feel no love or use for an object get rid. It will only make you unhappy in the long run.
  • Don’t choose accessories too samey/unified otherwise, you end up with a contrived look that is unnatural. Mix it up and you’ll create more interest.
  • Try not to overwhelm small spaces with large objects/accessories otherwise, you will find your room will feel and look cramped.


That’s all from me this week.

Until next time thanks for stopping by and taking time to read today’s post.






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