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Design 101: How to Combine Home Accessories

March 13, 2019

The right accessory completes any room's look while adding style and finesse to your space. Achieve a designer look by following our foolproof tips.

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Photo: D2 Interieurs. From: D2 Interieurs.

Choose a Color Scheme

The key to making an assortment of accessories work together is color. A pom-pom pillow and blanket, a modern painting, graphic fabrics and even a Jeff Koons-inspired balloon dog bring playfulness and vibrance to this girl's bedroom. An analogous color palette of pink, purple and orange unite the different elements.

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Layer It

Whether decorating with flowers, black-and-white photos or candlesticks, layer the elements to create depth. Add in small lamps, mirrors or metallic items throughout the display for a hint of glam.

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Photo: Zeke Ruelas via Style by Emily Henderson. From: Emily Henderson.

Create Negative Space

Yes, you can go bold when layering and mixing colors, textures and finishes. Just be sure to leave negative space so your vignette has a little breathing room. A saturated abstract painting, vibrant arrows, gilded candles and colorful prints combine seamlessly on this mantel because white framing and walls, as well as a clear vase, give pause to the arrangement.

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Photo: Nicole Franzen, Architecture By: Martha Picciotti of Picciotti Design. From: Jette Creative.

All in the Groupings

Group similar items for maximum impact. Open shelving in this entryway is filled with souvenirs from the homeowners' travels. Each collection, from the woven baskets and pretty pottery to the glass orbs and decorative books, gets its own designated spot on the shelves. A cohesive look is achieved through the simple color scheme of turquoise, brown and black.

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