I think the most fun part of decorating is adding the details to a room. It’s all about the details, friend. And for me, that usually comes at the end of the decorating process. Attention to the details in a room really makes the difference between a room that is nice and a room that is amazing! Let’s look at decorating with details.
Here are 5 tips to help you get the details in any room right!
ACCESSORIES SHOULD BE LIKE JEWELRY
Accessorize the rooms in your home like you accessorize your wardrobe. Too much jewelry can look overdone and garish. But too little can make you look plain. Same goes for your room! Your eye needs to land on places that it thinks is interesting and also needs space to rest.
One post that will give you lots of valuable information about space and how it is used to create a beautiful room is THE DESIGN ELEMENTS… SPACE. In this post, you will learn how to use positive and negative space in a room. A very important concept to learn about if you love a beautiful home.
Our living room is very sunny and has a light, clean feel. So I didn’t want to overpower my room with lots of details. All details and accent decor have visual weight. Our eyes actually weigh what they see. Darker items have more visual weight and lighter colored items have less visual weight. Bigger things have more visual weight and smaller things have less visual weight.
Here is a very informative posts VISUAL WEIGHT AND DECORATING.
Pay attention to things like drapes puddling on the floor and a great tone-on-tone rug pattern! Even the littlest detail should not be overlooked!
DECORATING DETAILS SHOULD BE LAYERED
It’s all about the details, so let’s layer them! Layering decor takes a bit of practice and a little time to play. Layering can be grouping things attractively together in a vignette or as easy adding something on top of something else like a decorative accent on top of a stack of books.
Layering decor accents add a lovely detail to a room. But a little goes a long way. Many home decorators add too many layers of stuff to a room. This is far worse than not having enough accent decor. When we have too much stuff it is so hard for our eyes to wade through all the decor and it looks confusing.
Using different heights, textures and keeping a tight color palette will help your accent details look amazing!
BIGGER IS BETTER AND LESS IS MORE
Many of you know this is one of my favorite decorating mantras! Because if you do what this mantra says your home will look so much better.
This mantra works for furniture and pictures and mirrors and most everything we put in our homes. And this mantra works for accent decor too!
Choose bigger items and let go of most of any little items or collectibles. They just tend to make a room look cluttered!
The image on the left is balanced and the accent decor is not overdone. Even though all the accent decor works together in the right picture it is crowded and there is no place for our eyes to rest.
Most home decorators put too much “stuff” in a room. And way too many details!
LESS IS BEST is a helpful post you might like to read that will explain this concept.
This is a little off-topic, but if you have a l-o-n-g flat surface remember you don’t feel you need to decorate the entire thing. Start with a group of three, putting a decorative detail in the middle and the other details flanking the middle. Leave the ends of the long flat surface undecorated. We don’t have to decorate every inch of a surface!
GIVE DETAILS A SECOND OR THIRD LOOK
When you think you are done accessorizing, look again! And again! Make sure your accessories are balanced.
Not too much on one side of the room.
Look to see if your room needs a little more detail or a little less. And your best decorating assistant, the camera on your phone, will be a great help too. Take pictures when you decorate and evaluate them. It’s amazing what a camera will show you that your eyes may not!
Leave the room and come back to it later. Give it a very critical look and readjust your room details as needed! Do this tip! It works!!!!
I do this all the time. I recently changed the accessories on my Curlacue chest by putting the things on the chest in a basket creating a vignette. I think the basket corrals the accent decor and has a more cohesive, neat look.
Just paying attention to the smallest details make big differences in how a room looks!
Did you notice I changed out the faux plants? The more “fluffy” airy delicate plant looks so much better. The plant on the left, while very attractive is visually heavier than the plant on the left. And this one detail make a big difference in how the Culacue area looks!
SHOP YOUR HOUSE
I say this so so often! Before you go out and buy anything look around your own home! I bet you have some pretty terrific accessories that would look amazing in the room you are decorating!
That vase in a bedroom may be just the missing detail in your living room! No decor in my home is safe from me. I’m always snatching something out of one room and adding it to another. Because the color palette throughout our home is pretty consistent I can swap out furnishing and accent decor with ease.
CHANGE YOUR ACCESSORIES OFTEN
As a blogger I’ve developed this habit. Every Monday I go from room to room making small changes. It might be to add fresh flowers or add a stack of books to a table. Or it might be changing out a lamp or basket.
Get in the habit of playing with the details of a room to keep the look fresh.
Here are a few changes I’ve made on the white buffet in our living room over since Easter…
Each image has a lot in common… the buffet and clock and the lamp and creating a group of three. But just small changes can change the look!
And speaking of three, did you know there is decorating magic in the number three. If you have not read THE RULE OF THREE make sure you do. It will change how you decorate!
I can create countless looks by changing out just a couple things on the buffet. It is the details that make the difference!
Here are some ideas for great accessories you can use to create beautiful decor details in your home…
- small plants
- objects de art
- architectural pieces
Now, I have a challenge for you…