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Helpful tips for Accessorizing a New Home

February 21, 2017

Tagged as: Decorating Tips

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You can probably imagine hundreds of decoration and interior design directions for your new construction home. But before you head into decorating at full speed, it’s important to take the time to think about how you want your rooms to look, and how your furniture and accessories can work together to reflect your taste.

New Home Living Room by Sabal Homes in Cane Bay located in Summerville SC

Collecting images and things you like using Houzz and Pinterest maybe a good place to start. You can create idea books on Houzz, saving the more inspirational images and products you envision working in your new home. On Pinterest, you can do the same, setting up boards for each area of your new home. When you go for your design center appointment, reference these saved inspiration points for use with your design center consultant.

In consultation with your builder’s design center consultant, you select exterior finishes and colors and to fulfill your vision for your home’s exterior. As you proceed to the selection of interior fixtures, finishes, and fittings, be guided by your exterior choices. Let them direct you to choosing a complementary and continuous color palette for your interior spaces.

According to design consultants, you always want the outside of your home to flow harmoniously into the interior. Avoid jarring color transitions from exterior to interior. If you’re using an exterior palette of gray and black, continue with gray tones in the house.

When it comes to color selection for the rooms in your home, keep things simple. Floor surfaces, paint colors, and finishes for fixtures which are room to room in the same color family from will give your house a seamless flow.


Interior accessories should build on interior design colors, textures

Carefully selected accessories create a home where people feel at ease. Professional interior designers create design inspiration boards. On these boards, they affix photographs of furniture, light fixtures, decorative accent pieces, upholstery fabrics, drapery fabrics, as well as flooring samples like tile, hardwood, or carpet, paint chips and wallpaper samples. Creating a design board allows you to visually comprehend how all elements are going to work together. Within the choices on your design board, there are two kinds of major elements: Decorative and functional accessories.


Decorative and Functional Accessories

Functional accessories in a home include lighting fixtures, mirrors, curtains, pillows, canisters, dispensers, and baskets. Decorative accessories could be any type of artwork, like flower arrangements, photos, paintings, and sculptures.

Both decorative and functional accessories have to be part of the larger design vision for a home interior to be complete. Interior arrangement of accessories can seem like a puzzle where you are missing the key pieces. However, with a little patience and moving things around your home will start to come together.


Focal points first

Finding the focal point in a room before accessorizing is important. Beds, fireplaces, and windows are normal focal points in rooms. If you can’t figure out what the focal point is, create one with a clock, or group of artwork, or a collection of objects on a bookshelf, mantle or tabletop. Examples of a grouping could be collectible bottles or pottery or a variety of items which are all colored similarly. When you walk into a room, a grouping that draws your attention can influence the overall ambiance of a room.


Variation is key

Trying to make everything uniform and symmetrical in a home could drive you insane, and it might look too stiff. Too much symmetrical placement creates a stodgy feeling for some people, though for some it provides them a sense or order. Asymmetrical placement of decorative accessories, creates a bit of tension, which causes visual interest. Shelving and tabletop arrangements don’t always have to be perfectly centered, move things around until you find a setup that looks inviting.

Variety in accessory sizes can help things look less crowded. Pushing together a bunch of pictures or candlesticks can make things look cluttered. Different sizes could help things look more spacious and neat.



Accessorizing is an art, and harmony is a large aspect of this skill. Choosing objects that have things in common helps harmonize your interior design. Picking out things with similar colors, shapes, themes, or textures will provide a great look in your home. Your goal in accessorizing is to blend items in such a manner as to create the “ahhhh” feeling. That’s the sense you get in a room where everything is working together.


Balance and proportion

One of the rules of classic architecture is to make certain that all elements of a room are proportionate to the room’s scale. How can you create the right proportions in a room that fit it’s scale? If you have a vaulted ceiling, a tiny grouping of decorative miniatures may not fit with the space, however, a large cabinet, with the doors open to display a group of English creamware pottery or antique books will fit the room’s volume. Clustering small accessories may create “visual noise” in your large space rather than be the right touch for your den. Larger accessories, due to their volume, are visually more dominant in a room. Attempt to coordinate objects to complement and support each other’s place in the space.


A pop of color helps

No doubt you’ve heard designers on HGTV refer to a “pop of color.” Accent colors are those which draw attention and complete a design scenario. They convey an energy and finishing touch to your space. Choosing an accent color for a room supports your home’s visual balance. Create visual movement by choosing at least three accessories throughout the room that will be the designated accent color.


A final word on accessories

Accessories in your home ought to be beautiful and useful. Useful in what they do, or useful in how they cause your room to feel. Choose the accessories that harmonize with your design plan, that fit the scale of your rooms, and which fit with your personality and help your home “feel” like you.


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