When your very cherished living room, family room, great room or any term you use that refers to the space you live in is poorly accessorized, it is just like having a bad hair day. Think about it this way. You have bought the outfit, BTW, it is fabulous. You are fit and trim, in other words, feeling really good inside and out, especially about the way your clothes are fitting. Your makeup goes on smoothly and your shoes look great. The only thing that isn’t cooperating is your hair. So now all of that investment of time and money is out the window because the only thing you can focus on is that errant wave in your hair that will not cooperate with the ensemble.
Welcome to the poorly accessorized room. A room can be beautifully laid out. The sofa and chairs can be exquisite, the rug sumptuous, the tables and lamps a thing of beauty, but the room is lacking. Poor accessorizing can cover anything from over accessorizing, that is tons of things cluttering the table tops to something silly like pillows and/or throws on the sofa that are substandard (another word for cheap). Other serious room wreckers are poor quality art or bookcases that have been relegated as auxiliary attic space or pantry storage. Notice, I have not mentioned cheap flower arrangements, faux or real, the less attention paid to them, the better.
Does any of this sound familiar? Is there help for that otherwise lovely space? The answer is yes. Accessories, like your hair are the finishing touch to any room. They can and will make or break the space. Think about it this way, how do you wear your hair? Are you a fun messy bun person? Are you a tight dramatically drawn back straight ponytail person, you know, Kim Kardashian style? Do you prefer curly, flowing hair or is a clean-cut bob with a slight wedge more your style? There, now, you have all of the clues to a beautiful room.
Celebrate who you are, but do not overwhelm the space. Your room can take a fun photo of a recent trip or a party, just don’t turn your table top into a photograph album. Incidentally, this is not unlike the messy bun that has too many strands falling down, which, of course, takes this fun chic hair style to the lazy look of bed head. Throws and pillows are fabulous assets for any room, do not cut corners on their quality because if they are of poor quality, they can betray the beautiful space you are working so hard to create. Think of the discipline of the straight pony tail, if it is curly in anyway, the look is spoiled.
Remember the odds, numbers that is, threes and fives are nice numbers to use for collections.
Like the bob and straight ponytail, less is more and discipline is key.
Finally, what is happening with the artwork? We all celebrate our children’s creative journey, however, please remember master artists come around once in a generation and are rarely accepted while they are alive. That’s right, if you love your children’s art frame it and place it in an appropriate spot, their room or your kitchen, but not front and center, unless you want to reduce that beautiful living space to an elementary school bulletin board.
Accessorizing your space is vital to creating a room that celebrates who you are, just remember all celebrations can be ruined by overindulgence.
Join us this Saturday, March 16th at 11:30 am for our The Art of Accessorizing Design Chat.