Congratulations on your new home! Now you need help decorating. Here are seven expert tips on choosing accessories for your new home. It’s going to look great!
You’ve moved into your new home. Everything is unpacked. Your furniture is in place. You’ve done so much, and the big tasks are checked off your to-do list.
But something still seems to be missing.
Accessorizing isn’t just for people; it’s for your home as well. Think of the paint as makeup and the furniture as clothes. You’re all ready for a night out on the town as soon as you get your jewellery on.
Your home needs jewellery too!
Finding the right accessories to fit into your space is a huge deal, but we know you can do it. Here you’ll find seven expert tips for choosing accessories for your new home to make sure you dress it right.
1. Start With the Rug
Your rug should never be an afterthought.
Area rugs are one of the most fantastic jumping-off points for buying the rest of the accessories for a room. It’s important that you buy a rug that you absolutely love, and doing it first ensures you won’t be struggling to squeeze it in where it doesn’t fit.
So choose wisely.
Pick an area rug that you really adore. Get one that is proportional to the room it will be living in and make sure it screams your style.
Your area rug quite literally forms the foundation of all your accessories.
Pull the color palette for your accessories from the rug itself. Take whatever pattern or shapes are on it and use them elsewhere.
An area rug is one of the most important accessories you’ll have if you choose to include one. It’s the anchor that’s keeping this ship from getting swept away. It’s there to ground you.
2. Mix and Match
The last thing you want in your accessories is monotony.
Just think of how a room would look if everything in it were the same shape, color, and size. Even in a minimalist setting, it’s essential to have a variety of things to create visual interest.
Your eye should flow naturally through the room.
Don’t get too crazy with how many colors or patterns you inject into your design. You still want the overall look to be cohesive. But don’t be afraid to get a few pieces that jump off the page because of their shape or pattern.
Everything should still match your color scheme and the feel you’re going for without being completely identical.
3. Make Use of Color
Accessories should be where you put your color scheme into play.
Brightly painted walls and wildly colored furniture are a statement and definitely have their place. But both of those things are also much more difficult to replace if you end up falling out of love with them.
Small accent pieces are much easier to trade in and out.
Going from your chosen color scheme, try to stick with two colors that work well together for a majority of your accessories. Then, grab a few accessories in a bold but complementary accent color to place throughout the room for a little pop.
It’s always good to have a conversation starter somewhere in there.
4. Balance Your Space
Asymmetry adds visual appeal and really makes a design stand out. You don’t necessarily want your accessories to be perfectly symmetrical, but you do want them to be nice and balanced.
That’s not to say you can’t have two of the same accessory on either side of a shelf. It just adds a little something when you mix up how your elements are balanced.
Use one large accessory to anchor one side of your mantle and place a group of smaller accessories on the other side. Groups of odd numbers, specifically three, are the most pleasing to the eye.
Without making each side identical, you will still have it balanced and beautiful.
You should also take into account the scale of your room and use that to pick out appropriate accessories. Big rooms can accommodate big accessories that would overwhelm a small room, while small accessories would get lost in a big one.
It’s all about keeping things in proportion.
5. Switch Things Out
Accessories shouldn’t make up more than 20% of the design elements in a room.
That doesn’t mean you have to throw out a bunch of your stuff, but you also shouldn’t put all of your accessories out at the same time. There is such a thing as too many knick-knacks.
Create a space in a closet for your accessories, or box them up in the basement.
Every now and then, you can play around with your design and switch up the accessories in your home. Changing seasons and upcoming holidays are great excuses to mix it up.
You can always do it just because you feel like it, too — no excuses required.
When you use the accessories you already have to keep things fresh, it means you don’t have to buy a lot of new things when you want a change.
6. Shop Around
When you’re shopping for accessories, don’t just limit yourself to a single store. If everything you buy comes from one place, you run the risk of your room looking just like that place.
You want your new home to be unique to you.
It may be the easiest route to walk into a store and buy everything you need for your living room, but it’s to your benefit to shop around.
By branching out to smaller stores you’ve never been to before, you’ll find one-of-a-kind pieces for your ensemble.
You shouldn’t be in a rush to get it all done at once, anyway.
7. Take Your Time
That’s the big takeaway:
Don’t be in a rush.
There’s no reason you have to get everything done immediately after moving into your new home. That’s a good way to exhaust yourself and potentially miss out on something better down the line.
Take your time and slowly collect accessories that you love.
You want to avoid just decorating your home with accessories that adhere to the latest design trend. You don’t want your home looking like it came piece for a piece out of a magazine spread.
When you let your accessories come to you and exercise a little patience, your home will turn out to be completely unique.
Accessories are an important part of decorating your home.
They are the icing on top of the cake. The cherry on your milkshake. The syrup on your pancakes. It’s just not as good without them.
Using these seven expert tips, you can’t go wrong!
Caitlin Sinclair is the Property Manager at Escaya, a luxury apartment community in Chula Vista, CA.