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Tips on Arranging Accessories

More is more according to Jonathan Adler. With some simple techniques like grouping by color, size or texture, you can make your favorite collection stand out.

More is more according to Jonathan Adler, who shows ways to display prints, pillows, pottery, knickknacks and accessories. With some simple techniques like grouping by color, size or texture, you can make your favorite collection stand out.

  • Adler believes in maximalism. It's a philosophy that's the opposite of minimalism, so more is more in this case.

    If you collect pictures, there is no reason not to put them all on the wall

  • When displaying items on a tabletop, Adler is a big believer in odd numbers because they tend to have a slightly irregular feel.

    Hang one picture (or plate or other decorative object), and then hang the rest in a pleasing arrangement that's not symmetrical. Keep them fairly tight for a clustered feel rather than a diffused effect.

  • If you don't want arrangements all over the house, pick one display area, and then switch the collections with the seasons.

For a couch piled with pillows, choose a color scheme as the main organizing principle, and then add slightly different patterns and different sizes for a feeling of harmony.

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