Update Your Home with Accessories

Whether your house is in need of just a little sprucing up or it screams out for a complete style makeover, you can make a dramatic impact on your décor with accessories. They give a room that perfect finishing touch and make it look pulled together. The thought of tackling a decorating project may seem a bit daunting, but don't let that stop you. It's easier than you think. Here's a few tips to get you started.

Accessories make a room look put together.

Accessories make a room look put together.

Gather Ideas and Make a Plan

Look for what inspires you in magazines, books, Pinterest, and online. Take note of what you like in home design and décor and start collecting ideas and photos. You'll be pleasantly surprised to find that your preferences will tend to follow a pattern or theme. Maybe you tend to love a coastal look. Perhaps sleek and ultra-modern interiors captures your interest. Or, you discover industrial-inspired rooms make you happy. Let your choices help you decide on a style theme for your home.

An accent piece of furniture can make a big impact on a room.

An accent piece of furniture can make a big impact on a room.

Start Small

You don't need to replace everything in a room to make a big difference in how it looks. Pick one or two things you really want to change and start there. The fastest way to freshen a room is to paint the walls, change the curtains, add some new throw pillows, or a few decorative accent pieces. A new lamp, a chair, a mirror, or some wall décor such as clocks can give a room a quick and easy update.

Get Personal

Give your home some heart and soul by adding personalized touches with accessories that reflect the interests of you and your family. Display some family pictures in stylish photo frames. Create a vignette of keepsakes and mementos and group them on a table or shelf. Pick items that you really love, and your home will reflect the real you. Remember to vary the height of table top accessories to add balance and visual interest to your presentations.

Add personality and interest to your walls with art.

Add interest to your walls with décor.

Dress Up Your Walls

The walls of your home give you a blank slate to fill with artwork and other accessories that inspire you. Relate your art to the room's surroundings to create a unified look. Position art so the center of it is at eye level and cover two thirds of the wall space above your furniture with one or most pieces to keep your wall décor in proportion to your furnishings. For a formal look, arrange art in symmetrical groupings. For an informal look, asymmetrical groupings are best.

Color is as Easy as 60-30-10

When decorating in terms of a color scheme, designers typically divide a room into percentages of 60-30-10. Generally speaking, this translates to 60% of the room's color is its walls, 30% is from its furnishings such as rugs, upholstery, and window treatments, and 10% is color from accessories and accent pieces. Make the most of that 10% with accessories that add a pop of contrasting color. Bold, bright, and visually appealing accents will enliven your interior spaces and give your home great style.

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