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Accessories: How to Choose the Right Finishing Touches

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Karen Palmer

 

Accessories are the jewelry for your room, the piece de resistance, the final detail.  Make sure to leave room in your remodeling budget for this much needed, but sometimes forgotten final piece of the pie.

How do you find the right accessories, the right mix, the right style for your room?  I’m so glad you asked.  Read on!

Whether you are a minimalist or a maximalist, prefer traditional or contemporary, want a laid back or formal vibe, accessories are like the jewelry for the little black dress.

Accessories can be treasured family heirlooms or garage sale finds, come from HomeGoods or Sotheby’s.  It doesn’t matter the cost; what matters is the perfect mix of objects and art that give a room a layered, curated, “this is home,” feel.

Minimalist/maximalist – which are you?  No matter, we have an accessory plan that will fit your space perfectly.

 

FOYER

The foyer is the most important place in your home. It’s the space that offers your guests the very first impression of what to expect in the rooms beyond and lets them know they are going to enjoy being in your home (or not).

Accessories for a foyer can be simple or more intricate, neutral or pop with a fabulous wallpaper and lamps. It’s up to you!

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RULE OF 3

Our brain likes groupings of odd numbers – don’t ask me why!  So start out with 3 items, artfully arranged, and that may be all you need.

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Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Michael Jacob

 

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Suzy Gorman

 

TRAYS

Like lots of pretty things but don’t like clutter?  Trays are the perfect place to corral the items so they delight the senses rather than feeling like clutter.

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COLLECTIONS

If you are a collector, then pay attention to this!  A grouping of items will take centerstage and draw people to it.  Collections scattered throughout a room just become clutter.

In our clients’ sitting room, a collection of white faux coral makes a dynamic coastal statement in a black display cabinet.

(To read more about this coastal-inspired home, click here).

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Michael Jacob

 

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SHELVES

Shelves are the perfect place to artfully arrange a bunch of disparate items.  Play with height, proportion, texture and material until if feels right.

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PILLOWS

Pillows are an easy way to dress up a bed or a sofa, add color and texture to a room.

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MIXING IT UP

No room feels “right” if there is too much of one element.  Having a mix of wood, stone, glass, fabric, plants and metal takes a room, or a coffee table, from the mundane to the marvelous.  The same goes for color and pattern – sometimes two of the hardest things to get right, the perfect colors always set the mood of a room, and a mix of patterns is always a delight.

(For more on mixing patterns, textures and materials, click here).

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Karen Palmer

 

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REPEATING THEMES

Do you love blue, or pottery, or seashells?  Use a theme to create a vignette of something you love, and you’ll smile every time you walk by.

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Karen Palmer

 

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Michael Jacob

 

ADD HEIGHT WITH BOOKS

If you’ve found all the right objects but there isn’t enough variation in height, add a few small, attractive books below a piece to elevate the item.

WALL GALLERY

Do you love art?  Pretend your wall is one big “tray” and artfully arrange as many pieces as you have inside the tray.  This works for family photos also. Scatter them around the room, and they are clutter – put them all on one wall, and everyone will stop to look.

(Love supersized art? Click here!)

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Suzy Gorman

 

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SEASONAL

Make sure you have space to change out or add a few seasonal pieces for your favorite holidays.  Change the eucalyptus out for evergreens, change balls for a few small pumpkins and your arrangement will feel totally new.

CANDLESTICKS

Who doesn’t love candles?!  I love the simplicity of black candlesticks with white tapers.  They are always in style, always useful, always mesmerizing.

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GREENERY + FRESH FLOWERS

Greenery is not only good for the air quality in your home. We are hard-wired to appreciate nature.  Fresh flowers are a great way to add color and to keep a space looking fresh and constantly changing.

Prefer houseplants to flowers? Click here to learn which ones are best for your home).

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ADD A LITTLE HUMOR

Decorating should always delight and inspire you and doesn’t need to be serious.  Put a smile on everyone’s face with something cute, silly, funny.

A last minute find, this wicker octopus was the perfect finishing touch for our clients’ coastal-inspired home.

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Karen Palmer

 

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(right): To add interest and fun, we painted the niches in our clients’ living room gold, and added some very whimsical statues.

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Michael Jacob

 

ALL IN ONE PLACE

Corral the clutter!  If you lean toward maximalism, you need to find a way to display all of your cherished objects that showcases them to maximum wonder.  Bookcases, etageres, china cabinets – all created to house your menagerie.

(Click here for more on maximalist design).

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Suzy Gorman

 

GOING SOLO

Sometimes you only need one item – perfect all by itself.

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LET THE EYE WANDER

Think no straight lines.  A straight line sends your eyes right into a corner.  Highs and lows, curves and points, depth and dimension all allow your eye to follow the crooked path around the room.  But remember, your eye also needs a place to take a rest, so leave a little blank space here and there.

CASE STUDIES

How many of the previous categories can you see in these rooms?

In this dining room, we used a gallery wall, greenery, all in one place, a minimalist tabletop, surrounded by a more maximalist room, multiple textures and let the eye wander.

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Karen Palmer

 

In this theater room, we used texture, material and color, pillows, candlesticks, maximalism, rule of 3 and humor.

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Karen Palmer

 

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Karen Palmer

As you can see, accessories are a very important element in a design plan. They are the finishing touches, the details that put the exclamation point on a room. Did you know that at Marcia Moore Design, we have a special Accessories Service to help you define the details? For a flat design fee (plus the cost of the items), we will accessorize your room after a remodeling project….or just because you want to spruce up a space. This service is available both virtually and in  person. Give us a call at 314.395.1114 to take advantage of this service or CLICK HERE send us an email.

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