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How To Accessorize & Accent a Room

Accessorizing a room with decorative objects and artwork brings a personal touch to your décor. Keeping the objects related in some way will give you the visual interest points you want, without your room looking chaotic.

Theming your room accents or collectibles according to color scheme is one way to tie things together. This is a technique you can use even if your room accents come from objects you collect on your travels. Choose a color that complements the existing décor, and select objects that are predominantly in that color. If you don't want the color scheme to be completely monochromatic and have a couple of pieces that you would like to pop, have those items be in a contrasting color or material.

Picture frames can also be tied together by using frames with similar finishes, such as bronzed, whitewashed, or other specific types of wood or metal finishes. Vary the shapes of the frames between oval and rectangle, and vary the sizes to maintain visual interest. Place mirrors with attractive shapes or frames in areas where they will add to the dimension of the room or reflect a particularly attractive vignette.

The size of accessories relative to each other will influence the final effect as well. Objects which are identical, or extremely similar in size will make a bolder statement, while objects which vary slightly in width and height will create a subtle rhythm. Remember to consider the scale of your rooms, just as you would with major furnishings. Large pieces like floor standing vases may be too overwhelming for smaller rooms, while petite statuary could easily get lost if the room is more spacious.

Interior decorating is a popular topic, so a quick trip to your local bookstore could yield lots of inspiration. Don't confine your search to the home decorating magazines and books- also look at travel literature, painting and decorative arts books for ideas. Studying still life photography and painting helps with proportions and arrangement. Keep the process fun, since accessories are one of the easier accessories to move and change.

Use these themes, like color, shape, size, texture, country of origin, or historical period to inspire and tie together your bric-a-brac, but don't let the theme control your décor. For example, if you like a particular animal, type of collectible or pattern, showcase it in the most prominent position, or allow it to form the majority but not the entirety of your accessories. This balance will help you achieve results that will be visually pleasing to you, the other members of your household, and your guests. 

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