Accessorize It!

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9 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Accessorize It!

Accessories do not just enhance our fashion. They can also embellish our homes. Just like earrings and necklaces are our ornaments, showpieces and other small decorative items can enhance the beauty of our homes. It’s amazing how small accessories can make a huge impact in a room. One needs to know the influence that rugs, lighting, throw pillows, art, and other accessories can have in a space and know how to use them wisely. Unfortunately, accessories and small decor can also break space. Decorative items are the most inexpensive way to freshen or add a new look to a room, but if a decorator is not careful, these items can quickly overtake the home. These simple tips for choosing, combining, and decorating with accessories can help you pull together your room like a pro and avoid the common mistakes many home dwellers make with their decor.

Choose quality over quantity

In most of the houses in Dhaka, we will find a plethora of objects. Even if the objects are kept for beautification (such as showpieces) or put out of carelessness (towels and clothes that lay idly on bed), they can make a room look congested. Locally produced items are inexpensive and readily available at your local store, but are those really what you want to fill your home (and your life) with? When it comes to room accessories, less is often more. One unique piece may work better in your space than loads of tiny knickknacks that have no value beyond price.


Choose accessories that are of the correct proportion

You've seen homes where dwellers have mistakenly chosen a postage-stamp rug in a coliseum-sized room. And those awkward walls where the too-large piece of art is crammed into are a too-small space. Before choosing and/or placing accessories, take the time to study scale and proportion and what fits best in your space. Scale and proportion are what help create a comfortable home and don’t cost a dime.

Combine textures and colours

Neutrals are great in large furnishings and permanent fixtures, but inexpensive accessories are perfect to really break out with pops of colour and varying textures. For example, if you have a bed-sheet that is too boisterous (such as floral) or contains too many patterns (such as rural checks and motifs), then it’s best to go light for the curtains. Do not stray from the colour theme. Accessories can and should be used to add visual interest and contrast in a space. In a room full of black, white and neutrals, opt for pink or orange accessories to give the room a colour pop. Accessories can easily and inexpensively be altered or exchanged to fit changing moods, styles, or seasons.


Consider asymmetrical arrangements

Mantles are commonly decorated with a mirror or art in the center. Try a different approach. When arranging accessories, try going for balance instead of symmetry and group smaller items in odd numbers, such as in threes or fives. You could opt for a rule and apply it throughout your room. However, at certain points bend the rule to keep things fun.


Add accessories in layers

Think of accessories as decorations on a cake. Large accessories should be placed first and sparingly, with medium- and small-sized accessories filling in and adding balance where needed. Several small accessories can give the ‘feel’ of a large item when grouped, but don’t forget to leave some breathing room.

Last but not least, offer space in your room as well as keep space in your life. Not every nook and cranny in a room needs to be filled with decorative items. Sometimes, a few gaps are necessary to reflect your life and to harmonize everything going on around you and in you.