In this photo the color story is Black, White and Red so the accents take their que from the wall art. ALWAYS take your que from your wall art. Otherwise your rooms can look cluttered with no cohesive thread to hold them together. Two identical urns were used to play off the urn in the photo that is only partially shown. I love to use multiples of items when accessorizing a room. For a very traditional look, use pairs. For modern, contemporary or casual interiors odd numbers work best. While we are on this photo let me point out that three thin book volumes were used to elevate the clear glass hurricane. This was done to raise the rim of the hurricane to balance better with the height of the urns. I love to use books for this purpose.
Here we see a casual display of country elegance. Notice how the mirror is leaning on the wall rather than hanging. That sets the tone for the cluster of casual accents used to enhance the mantle. The colors and feel are repeated on the table in the statue of the rooster, stacked serving plates and flasks. I really like the way the table runner plays off the fruited topiaries placed on the mantelpiece.
This vignette is slightly romantic in aesthetic. The lamp with crystal tear drops, the heart shaped photo frame, the garden angel all lend a gentle romance to the table top which pairs perfectly with the lovely landscape in the wall art above.
- Arrange items in threes or fives. Objects work best when used in odd numbers.
- Create a loose triangle by grouping a small, medium and large item together.
- When working in a room with a monochromatic color story, use lots of texture in your accessories. Select an accent with a shiny, matte and textural finish.
- Another way to add texture and interest is to group items of different material but similar shape or purpose. Try using metal, woven fiber and ceramic together.
- Change your accents seasonally. This simple act can refresh your home quickly and at little expense. I like to re-mix my interiors every three months. Now that Christmas is over, I will pack away the holiday decor. This is the perfect time to re-mix my rooms.
- When in doubt, group items together that are similar in color, shape or purpose. This is the fastest way to fill empty surfaces and add dimension to your home.
Our next post will deal with Florals and Plant life. We will show how to use real house plants to enliven your rooms and breath life into your decor as well as how faux florals can add seasonal style and color.