Decorating With Accessories
In decorating with wall accessories,
success is a matter of remembering a few techniques
1. Hang accessories at the right level, about 4”-12” above a sofa or occasional piece.
people tend to place accessories too high on the wall.
This is displeasing because
it forces the eye to wander upward
in most cases it destroys the unity that should exist between the furniture
and wall décor.
2. Leave enough space between items, but not too much.
When objects crowd each other, none of them are
shown off to their best advantage.
Spacing too far apart, on the other
creates displeasing bare spots on the wall and breaks the unity and
flow of the pattern you are trying to create.
3. Use good quality accessories that highlight the quality of your other furnishings.
If you have a beautiful sofa or handsome cabinet you are proud to own, make the most of these treasures by choosing appropriate high quality companion accessories. A diamond needs the right setting to show off its sparkle.
4. Include all the walls in your decorating plan.
Just as furniture should be well distributed around a room for a look
of careful balance, a grouping of
accessories on one
should be complimented by some additional “weight” on the other walls.
good, though, to have one outstanding
as a focal point for the room.
Decorator’s Hint: wall
hangings can add a soft texture to a room and also
5. Decorate every room in the house.
You will find that the visual areas in a house or apartment seem to
expand when there is something to stop and admire at
turn. Particularly important
in livening up the overall appeal of your home are the finishing touches
applied to the
foyer, stairway, kitchen,
bath and other areas that are usually neglected.
6. Enough accessories to achieve a finished look, but not too many.
need to clutter up every piece if furniture with small objects.
beauty of emphasizing wall accessories is that they give a
that desirable lived-in look.
7. When using smaller objects, link together a theme.
Collections of related items have a more orderly look that a hodgepodge.
Try using similar framing
materials or subject
or using small sets of related free standing objects.
8. Use three-dimensional accessories.
Pictures are indispensable as a means of bringing warmth, charm, color
and artistic beauty into the home – but don’t
them entirely. Contrast
is effective in stepping up the tempo of a decorating scheme.
On your walls, contrast
means using the interestingly shaped mirrors, clocks, sconces, plaques,
and other objects that do much to enliven a room.
9. Don’t forget the plants.
Plants are an important accessory. Silk
plants are life like and care free, and can soften hard lines, add color
and liveliness and create focal points.
Small plants can be grouped
together, or plants of varying sizes can be balanced by mixing tall,
thin plants with short,
Also, consider the pots
or containers the plants are in as an opportunity for
color and pattern.
10. Use light to accent.
Light can add extra emphasis to accessories.
Place an accent lamp near
a favorite item to make it stand out, and use uplights
to emphasize texture. Purchase curios with down lights or place lights
in the top of your curios to light up a display. Lamps are also important
decorative accessories themselves and can add color balance to a room
as well as functional light.
11. Express yourself.
A true opportunity to express yourself comes when you start accessorizing, so try something that’s out of the ordinary. Unique ideas may not come readily at first, but as you browse through our store, you will find hundreds of ideas to stir your imagination.
Hanging pictures and wall accessories
Before you hang anything, check out your grouping plan by arranging all the accessories on the floor in front of the wall where you plan to hang them. Stand back and visualize them as they will appear on the wall. Don't start hanging pieces until you are happy with the whole grouping and spacing. Horizontally arranged pictures will make walls look longer, while vertically arranged pictures will make a wall seem higher. When you have the right arrangement, you are ready to hang. Decorator’s Hint: You can unify mismatched prints by using the same mat and frame.
we are always here to help you if you have more detailed questions.
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