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Accessories For Enhancing Your Rooms

July 30th, 2011

Just as you would accessorize an outfit, putting the finishing touches on a room involves accessories. A dull room can come alive if you use a few carefully chosen accessories. You can accessorize a room in so many ways, including tablescapes, wall art, pillows and throws, decorated mantles or shelves, and even area rugs.

Wall Art

You shouldn’t be limited by thinking that wall art consists only of posters, prints, and paintings today – you can now let that imagination of yours go wild and hang up anything on the wall that you would like to. Plates and architectural elements make great wall art. To get a more laid-back, fun and eclectic look, consider road signs, boat oars, or a pair of skis – who knows, you could be going for a lodge look and feel. If you wish to use an item that should not be hung on your wall, like figurines or pottery, you’ll be able to still use them in groupings on wall shelves. Make use of a shelf by itself, or stack a couple of shelves to resemble a book case.

If you intend to hang a grouping of mixed things like plates, pottery and some prints, it’s best to use a symmetrical arrangement because it allows each piece to be able to get noticed prominently by itself.

Obviously, it is possible to hang photographs in striking unique picture frames to supply your living area the classic, warm feel and include some personality to your decor.

Collections of prints also lead to great wall art. Here are some examples of wall art:

A small grouping of contemporary prints in brilliant orange picture frames, the orange color (or another appropriate color for your room) also being seen on several other accessories inside the room makes a person wonder what came first – was the room’s color scheme inspired by the color of the frames or the other way around?

Mimic the horizontal lines of a relatively tall headboard with a trio of colorful paintings which can be hung alongside in a straight line across the headboard.

If you have a room whose asset is its soaring high ceiling, draw a person’s vision upward using a set of prints stacked vertically on a wall. Frame the prints in black or dark wood picture frames so they get noticed and further emphasize the architectural feature.

Mixing different materials is okay, providing the subject matter supplies the necessary continuity in a grouping – like a grouping that features a few gold framed black and white prints on a wall just over a table and black and white pictures in frames on the table that range from gold to contemporary acrylic. The fact that the prints and pictures are all black and white supplies the continuity to make the grouping cohesive.

It sometimes only takes one piece to generate a dramatic difference within a room, like a large architectural piece on the wall in a room with all clean, simple lines and smooth surfaces.


To produce a successful arrangement on a flat working surface, the first rule is that the amount of items used cannot overwhelm the available space. A sizable assortment of family photos would look great atop a grand piano, though not so much atop a small end table. When you can work out how much space you have available, make certain that you keep what you would like to showcase to an odd number; this will encourage your eye to advance from just one item to another and you won’t concentrate on only a part of the display.

Place your tallest object at the back, set in just a little bit from one side or the other. Working your way forwards, place each item in decreasing size order, with the smallest piece in front. Be sure that the heights do go up and down (from side to side and front to back) to get a balanced look. In case your items appear to be somewhat the same height, then set some atop of some antique books to help you create height. Be sure each piece has some space, so don’t crowd the pieces together.

To insure that you can maintain your pleasant tablescape when it is time to clean, snap a picture of your arrangement and keep it somewhere close-by, to ensure that if you want to move your arrangement to dust they can be put back in their proper design.

So, try this advice for using accessories to decorate your rooms, and you are sure to enjoy the results!

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