Just like the icing on a cake, when it comes to decor, a room can come to life with the help of fine details. From artwork to accessories, look for fine details to help make individual spaces stand out.
- Add one or two accessories to a side or coffee table, such as a decorative vase or accent piece.
- Group accessories as a pair or in a vignette. Three items grouped together can work well.
- Mix accent pieces with books when styling a bookshelf.
- Use metallics. Brass remains a hot finish in home decor, especially in accessories. Feel free to also mix brass with silver finishes such as nickel and chrome.
- Use greenery. Greenery as well as florals, succulents and blooms can help add texture and color.
- Clutter a tabletop or surface. In general following the rule of three works well.
- Overlook books as decorative items. From coffee table books to small hardbacks placed on shelves, books can be an affordable and colorful decor addition.
- Forget black and white are colors. Often neutral colors such as white, taupe and black can be used to help highlight bright colors or finishes.
- Mix too many colors and patterns. In general, a color palette should have a maximum of three colors.
- Forget to plan your look. Purposefully selected accents and accessories can go a long way in creating a cohesive design.
By Cathy Hobbs, Tribune News Service. Cathy, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com.