Home Accessories that Pop

Are you faced with the challenge of accessorizing the expanses of countertops, open shelves and table surface? Choosing the right accessories is the last step of every design project.  This challenge often seems daunting.  The right home accessories make the biggest difference.   Once they are properly in place, these finishing details become part of the overall look.  Set it and forget it!

What’s Your Style

When choosing the right accessories, it is important to keep in mind the style of the room.  The color schemes and scale are also factors. 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.  And don’t forget to include your personality as part of this representation!

Make a Statement

The first step is to choose an anchor or a statement piece. These are typically larger accessories and the most important to the homeowner.  The rest of the accessorizing is then tailored to the anchoring piece.  Coordinating pieces should have complimenting elements of each other without appearing too similar. Factors to consider are color, size and texture. While the size of the accessories should vary, placement of these different pieces need to be balanced. For example, when accessorizing a table, height should be matched on either end to prevent the vignette from looking lopsided.

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Looking through the lens of a camera quickly identifies areas in need.  Professional photography for magazines and websites offer great visual solutions.  We hope our projects inspire ideas for your own home!  Choose the right 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!

The JWH Team guide clients from the initial concept and spatial planning through these important finishing details.  We also work with many talented designers in a collaborative effort.  Considering a renovation or new home project?  We welcome your questions and feedback! Hope this helps!  Jennifer W. Howard

Jennifer Howard, owner of JWH Design & Cabinetry