Good accessorizing applies balance, scale and form, among other design elements, to add a finishing touch to a space. There are many 'rules' that have been developed but design is not about rules. DO make the items you display special for you. Vary the height of pieces on your tables and mantle for visual interest. DO consider using an accent color rather than the same one in your furnishings. One truism...symmetry is great for traditional and formal spaces - such as buffet lamps flanking a large platter - and asymmetry is more casual; be sure the scale is balanced in your grouping.
Take a look at what you have and re-work it before you decide to add to it. Rearrange to create a different effect such as creating symmetry where there was none, using only monochromatic colors versus those that are bold and vibrant, and aligning pieces that were previously placed randomly. You'll spot the gaps that you have and will need to fill them. Here are some tips and remember the acronym FUN:
1) F Make it FABULOUS: Add a unique vase, platter, artwork or pillow if it excites you when you see it. When you see a piece that has a lot of character, that touches you, it's likely a great piece to make a statement.
3) N Is it NECESSARY? If your selection adds a fifth item to a group but really doesn't call attention to the design, then don't add it. You might love the red and white throw pillow, but if you have no real place to use it, don't buy it. If you're replacing an old look with a new, of course you need to start with one item at a time. It's OK to buy a few items, bring them home, and weed out what doesn't really add value to your decor.
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