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How To Bring Your Home To Life Using Accessories

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When you’re decorating your home there are a lot of big decisions that you need to make. You need to come up with a great colour scheme for the walls, decide on flooring and pick out all of the furniture and the appliances. But it’s the small details that really bring the place to life, which is why you need to take extra care when you’re accessorizing around the home. Using accessories properly is also a great way to personalize your home if you’re renting a property because you won’t be able to make any big changes like painting or wallpapering etc. It’s the accessories that really give the house some character but a lot of people don’t know how to use them effectively and they end up just putting random ornaments around the place. There’s a lot more to it than that so if you don’t know where to start when you’re accessorizing your home, just use these basic tips.

How To Bring Your Home To Life Using Accessories

Quality Over Quantity

You can easily pick up cheap, mass-produced nik naks from any home store but they’re not going to be good quality and they’re just going to be generic things that don’t reflect your personal taste that much. It’s easy to get carried away if you’re buying that cheap stuff as well and you’ll end up with loads of junk everywhere. If you just go for quantity over quality, the room will end up filled with clutter that you’ve just bought for the sake of it because it’s cheap. A room can easily start to look cramped and messy if you do that. It’s far better to go for a select few quality accessories instead and try to pick things that have some kind of meaning behind them. For example, things that you picked up on family holidays or photos of the family are far better than generic canvas prints that you can pick up anywhere.

Think About Size

When you’re picking a new sofa, the first thing that you’ll do is measure up the space. You don’t want to get it home and find that you can’t get it in or end up with a tiny sofa in a massive space that feels empty. A lot of people forget to do the same when they’re picking out accessories for the house, but size matters. For example, it’s not going to look great if you’ve got a small area of wall that’s covered with an oversized piece of wall art, it’s going to make the place look small. Equally, if you put a tiny rug in the centre of a big room, it’s going to look out of place. Whenever you’re picking accessories, always consider the size carefully.

Mix And Match Colours And Textures


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When you’re choosing the large furnishings in your house, you need to be careful with bold patterns and very bright colours because they can be overbearing. But accessorising gives you a bit more opportunity to play around and mix and match the colours. Find accessories that add a burst of colour to the room and use them to create a nice balance with the neutral colours you’ve used. You can also use seasonal colours with your accessories and change them throughout the year. This is an inexpensive way to change the decor in the room as the seasons change.

Avoid Symmetry

A lot of people like to use symmetry when they’re accessorising. For example, a central mirror with matching candlesticks on either side is a classic way to decorate a mantlepiece. But it’s pretty dull and you can do a lot more interesting things. Symmetrical arrangements aren’t that interesting so you should try to avoid them where possible and go for asymmetrical ones instead. But that doesn’t mean you can just stick things all over the place because you still need to create balance in the room. Grouping objects in odd numbers instead of even is a simple way to do this. There aren’t any hard and fast rules here so just have a play around and see what works.

Layer Up

When you’re placing accessories around the house, you need to build it up slowly to make sure that you don’t go overboard. Start off with the biggest items first and place them sparingly, then you can start working on the smaller ones. This is the easiest way to make sure that everything is arranged well and you don’t end up putting too many items in the house and making it look cluttered.

Great Accessory Ideas

Those are the rules that you need to follow when you’re putting accessories around the house, but which accessories should you be using? Lighting is a very important one because you can use it to change the atmosphere in a room in seconds. Don’t just rely on the main light in a room, make sure that you’ve got some good lamps in there as well.

Wall art is another big one. Photos of you and the family or tasteful canvases on the walls can really brighten up a dull space. If you’ve got any posters, they’re great for large open spaces on the walls that look bare, but you need to get a proper picture frame for them first. If you put posters up on the wall without frames, it’ll look like a teenagers bedroom rather than an elegant house.

Natural accessories like plants and flowers are great too because they make the house more welcoming and open. They’re also good for improving your overall mood as well so they’re ideal.

Pillows and cushions are good for the lounge area because they give you the chance to bring your large furnishings to life a little. If you’ve got a fairly neutral coloured sofa, you can get some great patterned cushions to liven it up a bit.

If you aren’t making good use of accessories in the home, you’re only working with a blank canvas. It’s like a pizza with no toppings on it. It’s the small details that make a good house into a great one so always pay attention to the accessories in your home.





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