Accessorizing Your Space

Three accessories. Three different items (artwork, plant, candle). Three heights.

Three accessories. Three different items (artwork, plant, candle). Three heights.

Knick Knacks.  Chachkies.  Doodads.  Accessories.  Whatever you call them, your home can benefit from the addition of carefully selected small items and art pieces in placed around your home.  Examples of where to display your accessories are within bookcases, on tabletops, in shelving units or on top of the dresser.  Basically any flat surface (including window ledges) is a viable location for an accessory. 

Accessories include, but are not limited to, sculptures, candles, potted plants, and vases. These pieces can add texture, pattern, shape, color and height to a space that may otherwise be void of these design elements and principles.  It can be an easy and affordable way to bring more interest into a space.  Furthermore, your space should feel like YOU and should be a visual representation of who you are as a person.  Adding accessories is a smart way to showcase your individuality especially on a budget.

The general design and Feng Shui rule is that accessories should be grouped in odd numbers, because it is more common to find "odd" groupings in nature.  Much of design and Feng Shui is about replicating the outside on the inside of your home and creating balance by acknowledging the natural world.  Placing three accessories together is a pretty standard practice. When doing so, make sure each piece is a different height: one should be tall, one should be medium height and one should be on the shorter side.  You create visual interest in your accessorizing by varying the heights. 

That doesn't mean that you need to cover every inch of your space with stuff. Even if you home has a minimalist vibe, you can accessorize some.  No matter what, the pieces you choose should be thoughtful, add to the overall feel of your room, contribute to the story of who you are and emphasize what your style is.


Adam Roper