We are getting close to the end of my blog series here and I think that this part may just be the best part!  I love painting and rearranging furniture and all of that good stuff but I also love shopping!  And often when we are accessorizing, it involves some shopping!  Before you break out your gigantic Ikea bag and hit the stores, take the time to do a little planning to figure out what your accessories need to do for you.  Yes, accessories can serve purposes other than just looking pretty!  In this post, I’m going to help you with that part, the planning part. When it comes to accessorizing, planning ahead will make your room not only look better but also function better.

Plan to maximize your accessories

1.       Accessories as storage: Baskets, trunks, hat boxes, and any of the many other beautiful containers available today. If you’re just using them as décor, you need to do more. Put them to use as storage for seasonal items and anything else that contributes to a cluttered look.

2.       Accessories as comfort: Large floor pillows, toss pillows, rugs, and throws not only add color and texture to your space but can also add warmth and softness.

3.       Accessories as light and mood: Accent lights, floor lamps, and candles certainly add beauty to any space but they can also help brighten a space or make it feel cozy and intimate. And be selective when choosing light bulbs—they can definitely enhance or diminish the mood you want to create.

Plan to create a great look: Bring in an accent color or texture to your space to add interest.  For example…adding a plush towel set to your bath will bring in both color and texture into the space.

1.       Balance the colors in your space with accessories. For instance, if you have a lot of blue on one side of your dining room displayed in a beautiful china hutch, you could display some of that blue through candles in beautiful holders across the room on your dining table or buffet.

2.       Make your space feel finished and “put together.” Sometimes even with all the furniture in place and your painting finished, your room still feels incomplete. By scattering accessories throughout your space, you’ll bring a final sense of completion to your room.

3.       Personalize your space so it represents your personality, select items that bring you a sense of happiness and well-being. I placed an old malt mixer on my kitchen counter and really designed my whole color scheme around it. It was my grandfather’s from his restaurant in the forties.  It’s a conversation starter and a personal item that adds interest to the kitchen and brings me joy every day when I look at it.

Whether you’re completely transforming a room or just making a few tweaks, I hope these tips help you make smart accessory choices.

TIP: Don’t forget to save money and help save the planet by applying the concepts of redesign. Try looking around your home, at garage sales, in thrift stores and with your friends and family. You might be surprised what a gem you can create by simply reusing, recovering or repainting something that’s not being used.

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