From Erratic to Elegant
10 Effortless Ways to Organize Your Room
By Pamela Cole Harris
Are the accessories in your room more clutter than collection?
Are they erratic instead of elegant? Grouping your accessories in ways that
enhance your dicor can be effortless. Just follow these simple steps:
1. Group your accessories in odd numbers - three or five is a
2. Vary the sizes of the accessories you use. Don't group items
together that are all similar sizes. Vary the arrangement with a tall, short,
wide or narrow item.
3. Accessorize a contemporary room more sparsely than a
traditional or country room. The clean lines of a modern dicor can be spoiled by
lots of accessorizing (no teddy bears or doilies allowed!).
4. Accessorize a small room with items that have more visual
impact when viewed up close, like a treasured music box or picture frame. Larger
rooms can be accessorized with items that have visual drama when viewed from
afar, like a bookcase or antique desk.
5. Use a symmetrical arrangement in a formal space with more
traditional furnishings. If your room is casual and contemporary, develop an
6. Unite the room by repeating a color in at least three objects
or areas of the room. This gives pleasing visual balance to the room.
7. When you group accessories of different sizes and shapes,
unite then with either color or material. A group of bottles of differing shapes
or sizes all made of glass can be a wonderful arrangement. An arrangement of
mid-century kitchen utensils in red can add drama and fun to any space.
8. Experiment with groups of accessories in a color which is a
counterpoint to the main color of the room. Go for contrast and drama! That
splash of purple in a yellow room! That bit of orange against a muted earthtone
9. Try accessories in different areas of the room. Move them
occasionally to change the visual interest and flow of the room. Surprise the
10. When you are choosing an accessory for your room, ask
yourself: -Would I consider this piece interesting if it were the only accessory
in the room? If so, keep it! If not, discard it!
There you are! Now you can turn all your "stuff" into
"stimulating statements of style!" Want to go for "devilish demonstration of
design?" How about "delightful domain of decor?" Naw...that's going TOO far!
Pamela Cole Harris is an editor, writer and eco-decorator with over 35
years experience. Visit her website,
http://www.homeandgardenmakeover.com, for her unique perspective on
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