Understanding Interior Design

Accessorize Like A Pro With 4 Interior Design Tips

Most people try to take cues from well-known interior designers when they want to achieve a well-put-together home. However, accessorizing like the pros often seems more challenging. Here are a few ways to use home interior accessories to create a designer look in any room that you choose. 

Create a vignette with accessories. 

A vignette in interior design is a group of objects that sort-of tell a story about a room. Some designers use vignettes to actually set a certain pleasing scene. A vignette on a kitchen accent table could be a teacup on a saucer with a decorative teapot to the side. Vignettes can also be used to tell a story about the people who live in the home. For example, a group of family photos from the last beach vacation could be paired with a jar of sand and seashells collected at the time and a souvenir mug brought back home. 

Play around with contrast in groupings. 

Grouping similar items to create a scene is a popular modern tactic in interior design. For example, you may pull together a cluster of stainless steel spheres in a bowl as tabletop decor or a group of knick-knacks in the same color. To take grouping a little further so it gives a room a little more flair, try using contrast. For example, your group of stainless steel spheres could have contrasting finishes; three are smooth and shiny, but two have textured exteriors. Or, your same-color knick-knacks could have totally contrasting shapes; one cubed with sharp edges and one curvy and rounded. 

Implement a conservative collection. 

Most people have things they enjoy, and many people build collections out of things that make them happy. Whether it is glass flowers, vintage perfume bottles, or rustic tractor parts, these items grouped as a collection can be a good way to accessorize. But, there are limitations to keep in mind. You do not want a collection so vast and so broad that it takes up all of the visual energy in the room. The collection should be an element of the space, so keep it simple and conservatively sized. 

Multiply a simple accessory. 

Some people would assume that duplication would be some sort of faux pas in interior design, but that is not actually the case. Sometimes, duplicating a simple accessory is a good interior design tactic for proper accessorizing. For instance, a solo framed vintage map may look out of place and not significant, but duplicate that framed art so you have a set and you can have a new focal point.