If you're reading this blog, then you know that good styling is so much more than laying out pretty objects in a row. We love doing it in ways that are thoughtful, personal, and bring your space to life. We put together some of our not-so-obvious tips for styling, so you can find some inspiration for those vignettes that just feel "meh"!! Are you making any of these mistakes we try to avoid?
When there are a lot of tiny accessories in bookshelves, and on coffee tables, countertops, etc. it can quickly make things look cluttered and random. Instead, break up all the little objects by adding large pieces into vignettes like boxes, large vases, bowls, etc. It always helps to corral or anchor items with trays and to group small items together.
Don't be intimidated by large accessories! Not only are they substantial and grounding, but the grand scale can bring out the smaller items in your home.
not mixing materials
If you love brass, not every accessory has to be brass. We love to juxtapose natural elements with sleek metals and vice versa. We see this a lot in kitchens and bathrooms. Soften metallics with woven, rattan, or other natural materials.
There's a lot of light marble and white with our decorative books and bookends, so we used a nesting rattan tray, wooden frame, and iron artifact bowl to create texture and warmth. These also contrast beautifully with deep tones in the green juniper pots and the blue patterned box.
This vignette is bursting with material! With greenery in a rustic bucket, a leather handle in the cloche, a gold detail in the candle, and a cane rattan bowl you get contrast that is natural and beautiful.
using the same shapes
Whether you’re decorating on a tabletop or filling a built-in, thinking in terms of shapes can help your flow. Soften the angles of boxes and books with vases and decorative objects. If you find that you have too many small objects, use stacked books or trays to anchor the pieces and give them a space to gather. Hang planters or bells to really bring dimension and character to your spaces!
no space to breathe
White space is crucial if you want your space to feel calm and composed. We love decor, but never aim for an explosion of accessories. If you don't give your eyes a place to rest, your hard work goes unnoticed.
Let your personality show through in your aesthetic. Focus more on what you love rather than what is “in or out.” Avoid buying different versions of the same piece because you love that look. Instead, try to find a few items that really speak to a moment in design you’re attracted to and incorporate timeless transitional pieces to let it shine. This also helps you not tire through trends as quickly!