September Design Tip

September 10, 2009 § Leave a comment

Scale and proportion are important in interior design. Is the furniture scaled to the size of the room? Are the pictures or art proportionally sized to the size of the wall?
One area of design were you can break those rules is with your accessories. One or two large pieces in a small room can make a dramatic statement. This is one case of “bigger is better”. Even in a large room, big accent pieces always work.
One of my favorite accessories is a big platter or plate on end in a stand. It can be a back drop for a beautiful orchid and fill in blank space in one fell swoop. Lay it flat on a counter or coffee table with candles or ornamental balls and you have another dramatic focal point. (Just make sure it doesn’t teeter on the edge or take an entire surface.) You can also use a beautiful large platter as an outdoor table top. Just take a large, good looking pot and turn it up-side-down and place the platter on top.

Another of my favorite multifunctional accessories is Apothecary Jars. The large, clear, decorative jars are easy to find these days’ at most accessory shops like Pier One, Target, and TJ Maxx. They look great in the kitchen with dry goods, the bathroom with soaps and sponges, and the living room with decorative filler. You can use them as seasonal displays filling them with fall leaves or mini pumpkins or pine cones.


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