Accessories are the jewelry of the home. Accessorizing a home is vital in many aspects on many levels and in fact, make the house a home. When we fail to add those little touches to the décor of a home we find a home that naturally is off putting, sterile, and it offers very little in the way of comfort to yourself and visitors. The environment will give off a negative energy in many cases.

Make your house a home by personalizing your space. Use items that represent you and your family, for instance, a photo of your trip to the lake while on vacation. Have a treasure you brought home from your vacation? Include it with the photo. Your home is your space, make it that way. You don't live in a hotel so don't decorate your home like it is a hotel. Hotels have accessories that come from a catalog and are impersonal.

Accessories will help to make your home comfortable. Honor scale and proportion and keep the space balanced. Accessorizing ideas are all around us. Make your space personal to you. Look at your space with a critical eye and ask yourself if it is balanced, did you place like items together and did you use 2/3 of the space? If you can answer yes, you have done a great job accessorizing.

Why are accessories Important?

Accessories add the charm, the warmth, and the visual statement, testimony of the home owner. They give the visitor insights, clues into who you are, what you value and create an environment that gives off its own energy. To understand how to accessorize and decorate your home you must first ask yourself what is the ultimate goal you wish to achieve with in the space. This check list should help you get started in creating a home that you will not only love but create years of fond memories in.


What is my ideal home?

Defining your ideal home will give you an idea of where to start decorating and accessorizing. Many people find that the ideal home starts off with large ticket items like gourmet kitchens, in ground swimming pools, and grand master suites. One should figure out how to prioritize big ticket items versus, smaller decorative elements that can still give you the ideal environment.


What do I want my home to tell visitors about me?

The impression your home gives visitors is important. For some a home is a showcase of memories and family life, for others it is a showcase of your tastes and design style. Figuring out what you want your home to say about you, usually leads you in a specific direction in design. Example, if you want your home to say "I'm successful" you may find yourself accessorizing with valuable collections, or placing more priority on big ticket items, while another may want their home to say " I'm warm and friendly" and have a home that is filled with family relics, memorabilia, comfortable furnishings and warm colors.


Will I be selling this home within the next five years?

This may seem an odd item to have on this list but accessorizing a home can range from a lot of money, to very little. If you are planning to sell your home you will want to be more methodical in your approach to how you decorate and design it. Big ticket accessorizing can be mean a nice return on your investment, but it can also mean a loss as well.<-- Smaller ways we accessorize, "movable" decor means the basic home will stay the same.--> "Changeable" decor, usually costs a little more and involves things like wall color, flooring, and perhaps fixtures. Not all accessorizing is in art work and what nots. Accessorizing a home is also in the updates, fixtures, colors and flooring choices.


What function does each room fill?

Each room you plan on living in needs to have a clear function and purpose. Knowing this will help you decide what accessories will work, compliment and help the room make its statement. For instance, a home office might be well suited for you if it is accessorized and decorated in a color scheme that is conducive to concentration and focus. Accessories can be added that will not only be attractive to the eye but also perform a function as well. Example, a beautiful desk, is an accessory but it also is decorative and performs a function.


What do I want my home to provide me with?

Whether you are retired, work all day, have a busy lifestyle, or are a stay at home mom, a home is expected to provide us with more than just a place to hang our hat. Ideally a home for most should be a place of comfort, rest and rejuvenation, safety and where family can be together and share time and space in. Knowing exactly what you want out of your house will make a big difference in where your priorities lie. If your home isn't meeting your needs, it could be due to the fact that your decor and environment has not been created to cater to you and your family’s needs. By following this list, you should be able to get there and create an environment that is nurturing and healthy on many levels.

Have you ever gone to your friends home and it just felt comfortable and homey? One of the best ways to make a house feel like a home is through placement of accessories. Here are a couple things to keep in mind when placing accessories to make your home feel comfortable and homey:

First thing you want to do is follow the shape of the accessories:

  • Place tall with tall
  • Place small with small
  • Place wide with wide
  • Place narrow with narrow

Next, you want to remember to honor scale and proportion. Scale relates to the size of the object in relation to the size of the area the item is in. An example is a king size bed- you wouldn't put it in a small bedroom- it is just too big. Proportion relates the size of the item to other items within the same room. An example of proportion would be having a large sectional sofa with a wooden rocking chair and a wicker side table paired with it. The result would be a room that is out of proportion.

One big trick to accessorizing is to fill 2/3 of the space; it will then feel pleasingly proportioned. Too much or too little will make the space feel unbalanced. Too many little knick-knacks on a corner shelf, for example. The space would just look cluttered more than balanced. Consider just a few items, not your whole collection of Hummel figurines on one shelf. The eye can't take it all in and it just looks like a jumbled, cluttered space.