Unless you live in a shoe box the number one tip for accessorising is to think big. Little bits of little bits gathered together on a pin cushion are not going to make any difference. In fact, they will detract and clutter.
It is the same when you are accessorising that million dollar little black number you are planning to wear to the next society cocktail party of the year. If you decorate yourself with lots of little bows and rings, and dainty nothing earrings no one is going to take any notice.
The living room and the entrance hall are the equivalent of the WELCOME MAT to the home. You want a nice one. Think of your accessories as if they were precious gems. Collected and collated into little vignettes of interest and curiosity.
7 Big Ways to Accessorise with Flair
1. Choose your design concept before doing anything – it is called upfront planning. And it is a no-brainer.
You have to be 100% clear on what you want. Not everything – but the main things in both the entrance hall and living room. Should it look modern, shabby chic, country. Then the selection is easier, because if you have honed in on modern, there is not point buying little floral curtains. Or if contemporary, then don’t be cajoled into buying that cottagey coffee table.
2. Your personality must come to the fore – otherwise it will look like a hotel room in your home.
This dark chocolate wall in an entrance hall really shows up the beautiful artwork and demarcates the space perfectly. An entrance with BIG personality. No point in making the entrance a meek and mild place, unless of course you are!
3. Window treatments are a big investment and they last a long time – choose with great care.
The best advice here is to do some research and use magazine cut outs to decide on what you want. If you have a lot of windows and they allow in lovely natural light – then ensure that that light is not hindered by and window blind or curtain.
Window treatments should not detract from any other décor – they should compliment or fade away. The rule generally is plain, neutral furniture allows for more patterned, textured or coloured window treatments.
4. Choose colours to your taste and also not to your taste
What I mean by this is your natural choice maybe fine but very often you can completely overlook colours that may work fantastically in the room. Be open to new ideas and the best tip ever is to get a colour expert to add some insight. The experience will be a “wow – never thought of that!”
Think of it like your little black dress. You may have accessorise with black heels, but the fashionista will tell you to pair it with red stilettos, red lipstick and emeralds dangling from your ears. Wow. What a difference.
5. Invest in lighting – lamp light is like candle light, it immediately adds ambience
Lighting fixtures must lift the room. Different and interesting lighting in the entrance hall will give a welcoming effect and a bit of a wow factor – just don’t make it a bright light and definitely never a white light.
These two glass lamps on a console behind the sofa are the ideal way to add light with flair.
6. Bring in the forest and the forest floor
Adding touches of greenery to the room will always be a welcoming feature. And remember that the floor is equally as important as the walls, or window treatments. A lovely bright rug, or geometric kilim will do the trick to most living room spaces.
7. Layer and then layer upon layer.
Remember that all accessories chosen should be about bringing interest into the living room. This applies to art on the walls, your collection of gems on the entrance hall table, or the multitude of cushions that you throw on your couches.
The tip is to ensure the whole thing should look effortless. Layering is all about textures, colours, materials and balance. If you have a large couch, little cushions are not going to add interest unless they are grouped with bigger ones. They will simply fade away into nothingness.
Thanks for reading!