This weekend, a friend and I went to a seminar at our nearby Pottery Barn for an 'accessorizing' seminar and, like a good blogger, I took notes to share with my peeps. If you're not a fan of the PB style, that's cool. These suggestions will work for any interior.
- When accessorizing a room, repeat the same color (or hues) at least 3 times. So, for example, use the same color/hue in a pillow, a lampshade and an area rug.
- Monochromatic rooms need textured accessories to add interest, but they also require good light to highlight the textures.
- Speaking of textures, from pillows to lampshades to books, burlap is very 'in' right now.
- Also 'in' are lanterns.
- Script fabric on pillows and lampshades is very popular now as well.
- For a relaxed feel, go asymmetrical when placing accessories. For a more formal vibe, like in a dining room, symmetry is key.
- To elevate your accessories, use stacked books. If you don't have 'pretty' books, look for cast-offs and cover them in craft paper or burlap, or rip the covers off all together.
- A copy of your favorite book, a book with a beautiful cover or a beautiful title can act as an accessory all by itself. Put it on an easel for extra impact.
- A beautiful plate can also benefit from an easel.
- Three is key when accessorizing. Three things grouped together on a mantel or console table, for example, all of varying sizes, heights and textures give a 'layered' feel and adds visual interest to a room.
Although these are all the tips that wound up in my notes, there were a lot more. For more accessorizing ideas, PB has a couple of great articles on their website. Here's one on accessorizing with unique objects, and here's one on how to arrange accessories.