Accessorising Your Home, Made Simple*

The decoration of a room can say a lot about you and the style that you choose. Modern, minimalist, retro, or classic can say a lot about you and the colours of the room that you choose too. But the wallpaper or paint on the walls isn’t the only thing that a home needs; the accessories in the home are what gives a room its soul. They are the thing that make it a proper cosy home, rather than a show home, for instance. When the accessories that you choose are done in the right way, they can almost tell a story about you or your life. Do they speak of your travels or adventures? Or perhaps speak of experiences in life? Either way, accessories play an important role in the home, as well as making it look good.

Knowing what to include in the home can feel like a daunting task sometimes, though. You may be unsure of where to start, or what looks good, or where to place things. There may be things that are in style that you really love, but just don’t know how to tie them into the decor that is already in your home. But the good news is that there are some principles to accessorising your home, and once you understand that, accessorizing can be pretty simple.

For example, it is not always about the accessory itself, it can be how you display it that makes the difference. Everyday items like stones, pinecones or shells can be work well as accessories in the home. For instance, if you choose from a selection of glue guns and get your craft on, you could make something cute, or perhaps throw them in a glass jar to display. But if they are overdone or not displayed in a good way, then it can make it just look like you’ve got a jar of junk on your windowsill. At the end of the day, it is important to have fun with the accessories in your home. But if you’re looking for some hints and tips of what can work well, then here are some of the home accessorising principles to guide you.


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Avoid Symmetry

Take a fireplace as the first example. If there are two large candlesticks of hurricane jars placed at the exact same points on the mantelpiece, then while it doesn’t look bad, it won’t look the best. Instead, it can be a good idea to look for clusters of objects to place together on something like a mantelpiece or fireplace. The two candles together could look great one end, with a hurricane jar on the other side with a small photo frame, for instance. Overlapped framed photos can be a good look too, as it can create a more relaxed look than if they were hung on a wall. So a photo shelf could be a good idea, using the non-symmetrical theme for the variety of frames used on the shelf.

Use Books

In rooms that have a wall to use as a feature, then accessorising with books can be a good way to go. Mix it up with some trinkets or stylish bookends, and you’ve got a simple but good accessorising going on right there. You can even get some pretty stylish looking classic books (as opposed to paperbacks) from places like the Folio Society. A simple but lovely way to accessorise, and can be all of you favourite books too.

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Bring the Outside In

Using houseplants, succulents, and flowers, is a great way to accessorize in the home. They are versatile, will work in pretty much any room (including the bathroom), and they add a pop of colour, as well as working to make the air more pure. Using a variety, with different sizes and heights is a good way to go with your plants. It could be succulents and a bunch of flowers on a side or coffee table, for example, with a large houseplant in the corner of the room. Mix up the textures and the colours and you’ve got an easy win with your accessorising. And for fresh flowers, they can be changed up pretty easily according to the season.


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Pay Attention to Scale

If you have an item to display or want to display a range of things, then it is important to think about scale when it comes to displaying them. You don’t want to drown a shelf in the item or display, but likewise, you don’t want to make the item look too small on a shelf or table, as it can get overlooked if it is tiny and the space to fill is large. So bear that in mind when it comes to displaying things. And do bear in mind as well, that some places look fine when they aren’t covered in things; you don’t have to accessorise every surface in the home.

Group Objects with Unifying Features

Going back to the first point, as a way to avoid too much symmetry and matchy-matchy, think about grouping items together through the features that unify them all. They don’t have to be the same thing, but could have colour in common, size, texture, or other feature. They can tie the room together, and can really make a feature out of something. The thing that brings them all together could even be that they are all trinkets from a particular trip, for instance. So they bring culture and a shared history to the room. Cluster them and display them, and it can look really striking.

Accent Colours

If your room has a colour that is an accent colour or a dominant colour, then you can use that for your accessories too, to help to tie the room together. If you have a white room with a feature duck egg blue wall, then you could use a lot of white features and accessories, bring the duck egg blue into it too. It makes the room look coordinated, without looking too matching or symmetrical.

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