Knowing how to arrange your accessories is one of the most difficult parts of home decorating. Things like bookcases, tabletops, and shelves can make a big difference to the look and feel of a room so it is important to get this right.
To help make your room an attractive space and make the most of your accessories, here is a three step system to follow. It is so easy and will transform your rooms.
Harmony and Contrast
When you are organizing your bits and pieces, the one thing you want to avoid is for it to look boring and uninspiring. This is more about how you display the items, rather than what they actually are. To make your arrangement interesting and eye catching, think about harmony and contrast.
Harmony refers to keeping similar objects together – similar styles or colors. Things that are in harmony feel like they go together.
Contrast is where you change things up and look for differences that still work together. This could be a smooth surface against a textured one. Round objects against straight edged ones.
It is best to have a bit of both harmony and contrast in your arrangement. An example would be to create harmony by bringing together a group of round shapes, or objects all colored green. Then add some contrast by sitting a smooth candle beside a textured basket.
Scale and Size
When bringing items into your home, make sure they suit the size of the space. That is, they ‘scale’ to fit the new space. An example where scale is all wrong is a huge kitchen table with a small paperweight in the middle. Another example is big, tall, flower arrangement that sits on top a tiny end table. The scale of these examples is wrong and they look unbalanced.
It is very common though for people to have things that are too small for their home. If you do have small items you want to show off, group them together on something else that will add to the interest e.g. a tray or fabric mat. This will give the whole arrangement a lot more oomph.
Give the perception of height to your small objects as well by sitting them on top of stacked baskets or books.
Layer and Soften
When you have chosen all your objects that you want to display, and after considering the ideas above, it’s time to layer and soften.
First choose your central piece for the arrangement. This will be a taller, larger piece that sits slightly off center.
Next work outwards to add layers in the display. A tall background layer, followed by a medium height layer in the middle with the smallest objects sitting at the edge or front. Aim to keep the eye moving as it looks over the arrangement. You want it to naturally move up and down as it looks over the objects – this makes it interesting and appealing.
If you like, the edges of the table, shelf or sill can be softened with twisted ribbon or fabric. This also help to add some color if needed and draw focus to particular items.
You don’t need to stop there. Keep playing around with the items, move them, try different combinations and find a display that you like and works best.
A great idea is to find different, unusual ways to use things. For example, add a live plant or piece of greenery to liven up a display. There are always new and different ways to try things, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Even professionals are always trying new things.
And, if you feel your arrangement doesn’t look right, is disjointed or cluttered, it is most likely you are trying to display too much. Take a few things away and try again.
Put aside a space to keep your special objects and treasures all in one place, such as a box or closet. Revisit it every now and again to create new looks without the need to spend any more money.
Most of all, have fun displaying and arranging your accessories. Enjoy having them on display and creating special places for them in your home.