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Dress Up Your Home

We crave beauty in everything we see and its human nature to want to surround ourselves with beautiful things. When it comes to home owners, the ultimate step towards elevating our home’s beauty is the need to do one thing; accessorize!

The accessories you choose to complement your home furnishings can personalize your space and bring it to life and you don’t need an interior design degree to get great-looking results! Like getting dressed in the morning, think of accessorizing a room like accessorizing an outfit. You would never wear all of your jewelry at once, similarly, displaying too many items in a room creates a cluttered and closed off look.

Since a home is the visual expression of your personality, find objects that represent your taste. It is important to keep within the style constraints of your interior design but that doesn’t mean you can’t play around with your favorite pieces. For example, to use vintage accessories like candle sticks or clay vases in a contemporary setting would be out of place. However, those same vintage designs would work beautifully in a minimalistic setting. Your accessories should support their environment’s aesthetic – not work against it.

Explore your display options. You may use accessories anywhere, including shelves, fireplace mantles, couches, tables, couches, floors, countertops, pedestals and window ledges. Creative display options like bowls, trays and boxes are interior design accessories in themselves. Just keep in mind the following:

  • Use symmetry appropriately. Even groupings and symmetry can look overworked, and generally give off a formal feel. When decorating with accessories in a more relaxed or informal setting, group in odd numbers, or asymmetrically.
  • Choose objects with a common design element. For example, if you choose to hang a group of family photos, then they should all have something in common, such as a sepia hue or identical framing material. Groups of random objects should be associated by either color, theme or size.
  • Stagger object heights. To create visual interest, group objects with differing heights: high, medium and low.

Choose accessories in colors that complement your design. Remember that contrasting colors will stand out and provide a visual pop, while monochromatic colors will blend in and create a soothing affect. Consider the overall aesthetic of your room and choose the colors of your interior design accessories accordingly. Accessories with metallic hues work wonderfully against a bright wall, taking your room to another level of sophistication.

One thing seems to be abundantly clear this year; Small Is The New Big. Smaller accessories have taken over and it seems that they’re here to stay.When grouped together, they add dimension, making the eyes travel from one piece to the other. So when it comes to creating visually pleasing and memorable spaces, keep these rules of thumb in mind and most importantly, have fun with it!

Shirin

Shirin is a student currently studying in LUMS. She's loves the color black and is a huge fan of contemporary fashion. She's coined the term fashionaholic for herself and is quite confident no one will ever steal such a bad term from her.

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