Accessories are not just jewelry with a cool outfit, or a scarf with a stylish blouse. Accessories, in the interior design world, are the key to tying a room together and making it whole. I talk a lot about accessories as a designer, and I work with accessories even more than I talk about them. Why? Because simply by changing out the accessories in a space, you can change the entire look of a room to simple and elegant, casual and beachy, or chic and french. Accessories include things like pillows, books, candles, lamps, pottery, architectural pieces, throws, hurricanes, artwork, and even plants!
To show you what I mean I am taking one section of a room, my downstairs Living Room, and accessorizing it in various ways... It is a little bit like a game of "I Spy" as you scroll from room to room and see the changes.
LIVING ROOM, PLAIN AND SIMPLE:
This is what we are dealing with. Plain and simple. In fact, it doesn't even look that inviting! This is the french settee that I mentioned in my first post, two side tables that I picked up from a flea market (*just a note, I do plan to paint the side tables and I will do that in a future blog post!), and an antique english pine coffee table passed down to me from my mother.
THE SIMPLE AND ELEGANT LIVING ROOM:
This room has a clean stripe, neutral colors, and few accessories. It is restful and inviting with its soft colors.
THE LIVING ROOM WITH SPRUCE ACCENTS:
Spruce blue is one of my favorite colors to use. It is a soft, natural blue that adds to any room. Look at this picture below. It is amazing how you can go from seeing a room in all neutrals to looking at a room and describing it as "blue".
And look at the next picture. What about now? All I did was add a mohair pillow to the center of the settee and immediately the room has more depth.
THE ECLECTIC LIVING ROOM:
Take a look at this next picture. To accessorize this room, I just pulled together a lot of things that I love. The lamps and the piece of pottery on the coffee table have more texture to them, so I simplified the pillows on the settee and added a throw for a pop of color.
Accessories can make a big difference in a space! Do not be afraid to switch things around, bring your favorite item into a room and see how you can pair it with lamps and pillows. And, of course, I am here to help!
Do you have a favorite from what I posted today? I would love to hear!