Home Décor – Accessorizing
If any of you have been watching HGTV’s Design Star All Star over the last weeks, it has been a weird, nutty and interesting time. I always learn so much from these talented albeit eccentric designers.
This round the one I really like is Tom. He is a humble, inventive architect and designer who shines at finding and using the right accessories. Some people just have an eye for that kind of thing.
If you’ve been thinking about digging in to the realm of accessorizing to bring style to your home, I have a few suggestions.
Things to Keep in Mind
Photo Courtesy HGTV Inspirational Home Offices
Notice the letters, chair rail and black and white theme, keeps the space uncluttered.
1. Think in terms of layers.
Don’t try to get it all done in the first pass. One of the problems that Tom ran into on Episode Three was having too much. The panel of judges said if Tom had edited by 30%, he would have nailed it.
In fairness to Tom, a very talented designer, he didn’t have the luxury of time. In a representative situation, a designer has days and even weeks to develop their plan. Then once he had developed a plan and shopped high and low for the right items, he has lots more time to stage and edit.
Photo Courtesy HGTV Inspirational Home Office
2. Take your time.
Place a few items you love around the room, and then live with it a while. If you still think you need more. Get a few more things. By adding little bits, you will be less likely to clutter a space.
Photo Courtesy of Mesa del Sol and Zephyr
3. Diversity is better.
Design-Show groupies are familiar with the term, matchy-matchy. I hope I’m not getting too technical here. Some of you are laughing. What? Seriously though, in the really great designs – the look that high-end, designers aspire to when accessorizing is better pieces collected over time. Pick items that fit the overall aesthetic but are stand-alone good. Then when you group them, they have an organic feel.
Photo Courtesy of HGTV Remodels
4. Watch how the Pros do it.
It is very enlightening, especially if you are in a definite style niche—say mid-century modern—to go to a store where that style is the featured aesthetic. Look around the showroom. See the unique aspects of how the experts have styled their rooms. Keep in mind that as salesmen, they may have displayed much more than one would normally use in a home. They are displaying their wares.
5. Less is definitely more.
I know that phrase is much used, but it is a timeless guide. A few good pieces will trump many mediocre every time.
Photo Courtesy of HGTV How-Tos
For more ideas, go to our previous Home Decor article.