It doesn’t matter if your decorating an apartment or a house – when you have the right plan you can easily get the professionally decorated look you’re after.
I hope you’ve been following along in the series of making your house look professionally decorated. If so, you have already chosen your colors and you know what proportions to use them in. You have also chosen your main furnishings. Now it’s time for the fun part – Accent & Decor pieces!
Accent pieces are the smaller pieces of furniture.
Things like occasional chairs, ottomans, occasional tables, night stands, benches…..that type of stuff. You need them, but they are smaller and don’t get quite as much use as your main furniture pieces. Because they are not used as often it is not so important to invest much of your budget in these pieces. There are only a couple of things to keep in mind when choosing accent furniture.
The larger pieces of accent furniture should ideally be in your secondary color. Your 30% color.
Your decor will be much more flexible if the larger accent pieces are in your secondary color. So, if you follow the plan you will be able to use these pieces in different rooms at different times and they will feel “right” every time. This is key to getting the professionally decorated look you want.
In my family room my secondary color is a muted navy blue. I chose these chairs because I like the height that allows for more visual space off the floor. This was important to me because I’m currently living in a smaller rental and the visual space beneath the chairs makes the room feel more airy and less cramped. The other thing I like about these chairs is the great price. I only need them to last a couple years – and at $143 at the time I purchased them – these are perfect for the budget.
Smaller accent pieces should be in your accent color. Your 10% color.
Smaller accent pieces should not take up much of the budget at all. These are the pieces that are going to be the easiest and most cost effective to replace. Smaller accent pieces are almost temporary – depending on how often you like to update your rooms.
I like to update my rooms often – about twice a year. I like a warm months look and a colder months type of look. So, things get switched up about twice a year. I’m just now transitioning into my “cold” months look so my accent color is teal. (In warmer months this color is easily changed out to a fresh lime green.) For my family room I chose these ottomans. The ottomans work well for me because they offer storage and can be moved around easily. They sometimes serve as tables and sometimes serve as seating. These just work. I got them at Target.
The next items you need to complete the professionally decorated look is decor pieces.
Decor pieces should be in all three of your colors – and not in any specific proportion.
You want your accent (10%) color, your secondary (30%) color, and your primary (60%) color to all be represented in your decor pieces. These are the pieces that can really effect the mood of your room. So, make sure you keep “mood” in mind when you choose them.
Decor pieces are vases, baskets, candles, ceramics, books – really anything you would like than can bring color to the space. These pieces are extra special if they also serve some kind of purpose. Decor items are the pieces you do not want to spend much on at all. In fact, if possible, reuse items as your decor pieces. You can update them to match you new color scheme. Books can be recovered in paper or fabrics. Just about anything can be spray painted. You can even simply tie a ribbon around a vase. These are the pieces you are going to change out first when you decide you want to update the look of your space.
There a just a couple things to keep in mind to get the professionally decorated look with your decor pieces.
- All groupings should be in odd numbers – and should almost never exceed 7 items in any one grouping
- Each grouping should fit easily on a “grounding” piece. A grounding piece is a tray, place mat, plate, basket, book on it’s side – or really any other item that defines a space for these items grouped together to belong it. (This one is key in getting the pro decorated space look.)
- Every main room should include at least one piece of greenery or floral. It adds something organic to the space – and every space needs it. Go with whatever works for you – real or fake. (If you go fake purchase the best you can afford – so it doesn’t obviously scream fake.)
In my family room, I used all three of my colors in my decor pieces. There are baskets in the color of my walls and sofa. I have books covered in fabric that has the same blue color as is in the chairs. There are also throw pillows and a chenille throw in the teal color. For my greenery I have a faux tree in a neutral basket planter and I have a teal hydrangea flower on my coffee table in a neutral glass vase. The flowers can be risky, but mine are very small. The vase, flowers and all, stand only about 7 inches tall. This is how you get away with fake flowers without it feeling silly.
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