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Interior Design: How to Accessorize Your Home Like a Pro

The perfect room isn't complete until accessories flood tables, chairs, walls, windowsills, beds, loveseats, and sofas. Accessories separate and differentiate rooms. These tips separate the amateurs from the professionals.

Color Scheme
A room's color scheme provides direction for the accessories. Without color scheme, colors scatter throughout the room with no discipline. To decorate using a color scheme, view the walls, floors, and the furniture's color. Then, bring colors that resemble those colors. Now bring one or two accessories that normalize or brighten the room. An example of normalizing is adding a neutral color (brown, black, blue, white, etc.) to a bright space. An example of brightening is adding light colors (yellow, white, red, light blue, etc.) to a neutral space. Textures and patterns also work because it adds personality to a room.

Symmetry/Asymmetry
Balance and non-balance make rooms larger, smaller, or equal depending on how homeowners utilize accessories. Symmetry produces formal and upscale results due to the even sides; asymmetry produces casual results. Therefore, symmetry works in the dining room, near the fireplace, and home office. Asymmetry works best in the living room, the den, and the bedroom.

Style
Cottage, coastal, contemporary, vintage, modern, and traditional are examples of room style. It's easier to incorporate accessories matching the style than forcing accessories to fit that don’t. The dilemma with room style is a person's patience. Will you grow tired of this style quickly? The style should be a choice you'll love for many years, as accessorizing is tougher than it appears.

To find the accessories matching the style, it's best to flip through magazines and scroll websites for inspiration. Companies like West Coast Living Thomasville provide breathtaking accessory ideas and photographs to inspire your home.

Supplemental Tips
• The first is grouping accessories. Three or five items lumped together can bring impressive results. A successful grouping is lumping items with something in common - color, texture, character, style - to bring out the best in all pieces.

• The anchor is similar to the centerpiece or focal point. The difference is the anchor unifies the other pieces into a cohesive unit. Primary items should stand out (i.e., tall, large, colorful) and secondary items should complement the anchor, not overtake it.

• The third is scale. One piece should stand above the other. Therefore, include items of varying heights to please the eye. For items of similar size, add a book to add scale.

• Accent color on walls provides a conversation piece. Accent colors in accessories entertain the eye. The best accent colors tie neutral and/or bright accessories to the room's color scheme.

In closing, the accessorizing process isn't about throwing various pieces together. It's about creating a masterpiece homeowners and guests can appreciate. The best masterpieces require finesse, organization, an eye for detail, and patience.

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