Monday, February 14, 2011

Design Tips: Home Accessorizing Made Simple

What is the difference between clutter and a beautifully decorated, warm feeling home? It could be as simple as the arrangement… if you clean up a bit, recycle all the old magazines, and corral the laundry, of course!

Well, maybe it’s not that simple, but it is pretty easy. Jennifer Adams shows us how in this TV clip that aired earlier this year on Better TV. She walks us through her own home offering tips and demonstrating some of these key ideas for using art, vases, books, sculpture, beautiful objects and plants to create gorgeous and inviting living spaces.

Consider scale. Don’t be afraid to use large objects. Too many tiny things end up looking busy and chaotic.

Relate characteristics: color, shape, material or style for a cohesive look. If you have several aged wood pieces, and things made of rope or stone, these can work together because the texture and colors may be similar. Do you have several shiny blue objects, one from China, one from Africa and one from Denmark? It’ll still work! Because they’re not identical, this makes the arrangement more interesting.

Group small things. If you have a bunch of shells, for example, place them all into a beautiful tall clear vase or bowl on a coffee table. This way you can still see them all, but they become one larger, more interesting object instead of, well, clutter!

Think in threes. Odd numbers feel more natural and lend themselves to a less rigid arrangement. Use one tall vase, one shorter bowl and a medium stack of books, for example, clustered close on a sofa table.

And lastly, buy what you love. If you enjoy your home, so will your family and friends, and this will create the warmest environment of all.

Until next time!

--Elaine Bothe

Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens website.

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