February 26, 2013
Accessorizing a room will always be my favorite part of the decorating process. But when is enough enough? One of the many dilemmas when decorating for a client's home (or your own) is that you usually work with too much stuff or not enough. It's the decorators job to determine how to mix, coordinate, and eliminate anything that may overwhelm a room, and this includes accessories.
So what do you think?
I'm going to make this a two-part post. Let's see what you have to say first, and then I'll be back to give you my take.
Congratulations! You all gave such great answers. I'm a big fan of adding natural elements to a room. If you read this blog regularly, you know that I'm always telling you to bring nature indoors. It instantly adds texture, color, depth, and movement to a space. (And it's relatively inexpensive.) However, you can always go overboard and that's exactly what happened here. We could toss ideas back and forth about what we would replace the books with, the fruit with... but the real dilemma is the plants. For those of you who thought you should remove one of the arrangements from the mantle, I agree 100%. Keep the one on the left (it balances the whole arrangement better) and remove the flowers from the glass jar on the right. Beware of spreading things out in a line from edge to edge on a mantle. Grouping items together is much more pleasing. I'm also not a fan of "firebox arrangements". It is what it is, leave it alone. As for the rest, I think it's a matter of personal taste. You could replace the fruit or the corral, even the hydrangeas... but again, it's more a matter of what you like and don't like than the basic principles of design.
Thanks for participating!
More Do's or Don'ts coming soon.
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