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8 Tips for accessorizing your home

If you want to add some flair to your home’s style with accessories but don’t know where to start, here are eight simple tips that will give you the confidence you need to accessorize your space with your own personal touch.

Living room accessories

1Go with what you love

Start with an object that brings you joy, and choose other accessories that are inspired by or complementary to that piece. You’re much more likely to be happy with the result when you begin with a much-loved item.

2Choose your colors

Before selecting accessories, decide on your color scheme. Choose one or two colors for your accessories that will add interest and coordinate with your furniture and wall color. Contrasting colors add vibrancy to a room. If your furniture and walls are neutral, go bold with your accessories.

3Stick with a theme

Accessories are a great way to play up the theme of a room. If you’re going for a beachy feel, shells and sea glass bring in that breezy feeling. For modern design, choose streamlined accessories that mesh with your contemporary furniture. The key is to keep your theme in mind to achieve a cohesive look.

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4Consider symmetry

A sense of balance is an important part of formal design. Use symmetry in formal rooms by flanking the fireplace with twin chairs or sofas, placing matching items on the ends of your mantle, or using the same scale art on opposing walls of a room. If your home has an informal design, go asymmetrical with your accessory placement.

5Group according to size & number

When grouping multiple objects together, vary their size and height. This goes for candles, framed photos, apothecary jars and any other accent pieces. Mixing size and height adds visual interest to your design. Use odd numbers when placing accessories in a group.


Lighting is an easy way to add instant impact. Choose light fixtures that complement the design style of your room. As a great example, design guru Candice Olson uses a variety of lighting types to illuminate a room – from chandeliers to sconces to recessed lighting. Light fixtures are also a great way to add color where you need it most.

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Walls are the ultimate canvas. Paint a bold color on an accent wall. Hang a grouping of framed book illustrations or shadow boxes, go for a decal that fills the wall, or mount a mirror (or a collection of them). Hang all of your art with the center at 57 inches to create an eye-pleasing effect throughout your home.

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Look down: Here’s yet another blank canvas to accessorize. Area rugs are an excellent (and flexible) way to add color and texture to a room. Find stylish and affordable rugs at West Elm, CB2, and

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