When you get dressed each day, you finish off your look by adding a few accessories — earrings, your handbag, a scarf, or maybe even a statement necklace. This is how you personalise your look, and what makes each individual different from the next. Your home is no different… Give five people the same room with nothing but a few neutral furniture staples, and they will all end up looking totally different — and that’s down to the “accessories”.
Sometimes, though, it’s hard to decide if more really is more, or if you should opt for the minimalist look. While it does often boil down to personal taste, here are our top tips to apply when accessorising your home…
1. Add texture
One way to make sure your space is far from boring is to have a mix of textures and materials. This creates depth, adds contrast and personality to the room, which makes it far more interesting to look at. Having a wide range of materials and fabric types, bringing in objects in a range of different sizes and using various colours all add interest to a room. Think of your cushions on your bed or couch — none of them have to be the same size, colour or material. Also try using different throws, having vases in different shapes and sizes and a range of different candles.
2. Be colour conscious
We always say that you shouldn’t be afraid of using colour — whether it’s on the wall, your couches or chairs, a rug or in a number of your décor accessories. Just be sure that you pick the right colours. We suggest using a maximum of four complementary colours — and various shades thereof, together with your neutral bases.
3. Create added space
Using your décor accessories smartly should not only give a room character, but should also make the most out of the actual space. Lights and mirrors — when used correctly — create the illusion of more space. The easiest trick is to place your mirrors opposite a window or door to reflect open spaces and light, which makes your room look bigger. Bringing in extra lamps, light reflective décor items and light-up objects will also add light, making the room look larger.
4. Finishing touches
Much like a statement necklace completing an outfit, it’s those last little elements and final touches that you put in a room that can just bring it all together. Use artwork or even a clock, a focal wall — which can be wall papered, painted a bright or different colour (or even with blackboard paint!), or covered in a different material to the other walls — or even a great plant to complete your space.