Because accessories make a space feel complete, they’re often considered just finishing touches. But with careful planning they can be so much more. Think about baskets and decorative containers that not only add character but also extra storage. How about those pretty pillows and throws on your sofa? Yes, they add texture, color and interest, but they also provide warmth and comfort. Even lighting delivers more by contributing to your style, or making a space feel larger or more intimate and cozy.

 Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Accessories also can help you:   

·        Integrate accent colors

·        Add balance to your color scheme

·        Personalize a space

·        Create flow from one area to another

Tips to help you accessorizing effectively:

1.      Be color smart: If you’re using accessories to bring in accent colors, remember that often less is more. Generally, you want accents to pop and draw attention. Too much use of an accent color will tend to saturate and blend in. Missed opportunity!

 Photo by Sarah Pflug from Burst

Photo by Sarah Pflug from Burst

2.      Keep the number of accessories in check: To help create a clean, balanced look for your space, try and limit the number of accessories within an area. Again, less is more, and fewer items will stand out more than many.

 Photo by Erika Wittlieb on Pixabay

Photo by Erika Wittlieb on Pixabay

3.      Create pleasing groupings by being odd: For some reason, we generally find beauty and comfort in odd-numbered groupings. Maybe our brains prefer to focus on a center object rather than the blank space that occurs with an even-number set. Experiment and see if your brain prefers odd, and is therefore normal. Or prefers even, and is therefore odd. No judging.

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4.      Vary your heights: Stand back, look around the room and consider your entire space. For a pleasing experience, your eyes should travel gently up and down. Height variations help your rooms feel not only complete but also balanced.

 Photo by Hutomo Abrianto on Upsplash

Photo by Hutomo Abrianto on Upsplash

5.      Get Personal: When accessorizing, remember to add personal touches—a vase from your grandmother, family photos, or treasures from your travels. Most people don’t want to feel like they’re living in a hotel lobby. However, if your favorite style happens to be rustic Red Roof Inn or mid-century Marriott, that’s okay. Again, no judging. But for us non-weirdos (kidding, not kidding), the goal is to make your space feel like your space. It’s great to enter a home that feels as one-of-a-kind as you are.

 Photo by Anelka on Pixabay

Photo by Anelka on Pixabay

Bonus tip

Remember that moving your accessories from one space to another can give a room a whole new look and doesn’t cost a dime!

Now, what will you do next to love where you live?

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