While staging a recent photo shoot in a Client’s newly constructed home, we were faced with the challenge of accessorizing the expanses of countertops, table surfaces, and comfy couches. Choosing the right accessories is the last step of the project and is too often overlooked. Perhaps this challenge seems daunting and the choices are endless, or the Client just needs a breather after a long project… all of the above are reasons to postpone, but the effort is worth it. The right accessories make the biggest difference in a room’s appearance, and once they are placed properly, they become part of the overall look and need no more attention.
When choosing the right accessories it is important to keep in mind the style of the room you are decorating as well as color schemes and scale. The goal is to find pieces that complement the room without overpowering it and making it feel cluttered. Houzz.com describes a designer’s definition of a vignette as a “pleasing picture formed by grouping several objects — think of it as a pocket-size table arrangement that tells a story about you and your home.” The rules for designing a vignette are similar to those of accessorizing an entire room.
The first step is to choose an anchor or a statement piece. These are typically larger accessories and the most important to the home owner; the rest of the accessorizing is tailored to the anchoring piece. The formation of the rest of the accessories is the trickier step. Coordinating pieces should have complimenting elements of each other without appearing too similar. Elements to keep in mind are color, size and texture. While the size of the accessories should vary, be careful of the placement of different sized pieces. For example, when accessorizing a table, height should be matched on either end to prevent the vignette from looking lopsided.
Looking through the lens of a camera quickly identifies areas in need. Professional photography for magazines and websites offer great visual solutions. Choose the right interior designer to guide you in these finishing details or start experimenting by trial-and-error. And don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through your accessories!