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A sitting area unites black-and-white art with classic, blue-and-white china accessories around Baker’s Vicomtesse Sofa, available at Sheffield Furniture.

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Designers at Sheffield Furniture offer advice on the challenging art of accessorizing

Grouped Together
Layering groups of accessories will achieve a fuller, more finished look. Do not line them up or space them apart as separate elements; instead, pull objects together to form a cohesive look—even if they appear to be touching. Hanging a mirror or artwork behind them will connect them visually.

By the Book
The visual appeal of books in a setting is undeniable—and books aren’t just for bookcases! Use them to bring extra color into a setting or stack them as an anchor for accessory groupings. Books can serve as a base for a lamp to give it extra height; they also make great fillers when placed on odd shelves.

Unexpected Statement
While accessories should reflect your personality, they should also be visually stimulating. Select surprising accent pieces, energizing colors and lamps with unusual bases. Consider incorporating a classical motif such as an elegant Greek key or some of the latest designs trends on your throw pillows. Above all, blend contemporary, natural and classic items for maximum effect.

Get the Picture
You may have been told to hang art at eye level—but in reality, this is a meaningless concept. Just as accessory groupings add interest through their connection with one another, artwork and mirrors should also be visually connected with other elements in a room. A few pointers:

  • Hang your art close to a tabletop or mantel or above the back of a sofa or a chair rail.
  • Layer items in front of your art whenever possible, even if that means resting the art on or placing it slightly behind your furnishings.
  • When using art to flank an architectural feature or a piece of furniture, hang it close to the main subject, not spaced at an equal distance from it.

Back to Nature
Fresh flowers and plants not only add beauty and interest, but they are also welcoming, giving the most sterile room a positive lift. Placing them on cocktail tables, nightstands and mantels, or even inside bookcases, will enhance the atmosphere of your space.

Pro Tips

“Window treatments should complement a space, not overpower it. They should be the icing on a cake, that special finishing touch.”
—Bonnie Ammon, Bonnie Ammon Interiors 

“Choosing a carpet or rug boils down to form and function. Will it be a focal point or a textural backdrop? Size and proportion are everything.”
—Melanie Whittington, Whittington Design Studio


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