If your home was your favorite outfit, then think of your accents like the jewelry, purse, and shoes. And since we all know the right accessories can make or break any look, we’re calling in the expert help of our Design Studio experts to lead the way. Read on to learn how to accessorize your home with just seven quick tips.
1. Start with the area rug:
The area rug is a big focal point of the room, so start with that and work your way up. You can read our area rug buying guide for tips on choosing the right one, but essentially, the design all comes down to your personal style. Just make sure it matches the vibe of the furniture you already have, and after that, go with what you like.
2. Pull colors from the rug:
Once you’ve settled on a rug, use that to guide your color choices for the rest of the room. Whether it’s the artwork on the walls or the accent pieces on your bookshelves, they should all be in the same color family as your area rug.
3. Keep the palette to 3 colors:
Speaking of color, our Design Studio recommends keeping your color palette to just three main hues. This will keep your look stunning and classic without overwhelming the room. And note the key word “main” hues, as you can still add small doses of other colors throughout.
4. Mix and match patterns:
Patterns help make the room interesting, and our Design Studio designers love the idea of using more than just one. For example, if you have a patterned comforter, use a tonal striped area rug to mix it up. Or, if you have a bold area rug, throw a pouf into the mix that complements the look. The trick is using colors that are either in the same family, or tonal patterns that feel like neutrals.
5. Let your walls dictate art size:
When it comes to choosing the size of your artwork, let the size of your wall space decide. Large walls need large pieces, or a mix of smaller pieces. For high ceilings, you can hang several pieces vertically to fill the space. And for smaller rooms, let the art stay within the perimeters of the furniture. For example, the artwork shouldn’t go beyond the width of the sofa in your living room, or the headboard in your bedroom.
6. Hang a chandelier:
One of the easiest ways to add a wow factor is hanging a chandelier. Best suited for the dining room, a chandelier makes the room feel instantly accessorized and stylish. After that, you can keep your tabletop minimal and allow the lighting to do all the work.
7. Add seating:
Do you have a console table in your entryway? Or a server in your dining room? Add a chair next to any accent table like these. Not only will it make the room feel warm and welcoming, but it adds function too. In the dining room, it’s a great solution for those extra chairs when you aren’t hosting and don’t need the extra seating. In your entryway, it will give you a seat while you put on (or take off) your shoes.