One of the easiest things to let get out of hand are those accessories you have in your home. I know how it is, we tend to over do it and they practically take over. This can be a bad thing. Our accessories are meant to improve our space and subtly provide color and insight into our style. Having too much just becomes overwhelming. There is a fine line between looking professional and clean, to junky and overcrowded.
Some of the pieces that are most often done to the max are pillows, frames, candles, art, vases, and plants. Are you having an overload of some of these? It may be time to start organizing home accessories ASAP. Of course there is no right or wrong here. It just becomes a matter of whether or not you have so much, that it’s no longer being enjoyed as it should be.
Ordinarily your sofa has already got some cushion to it. So when we add pillows it’s just to add some contrast into the mix. Adding so many pillows that it becomes to difficult to sit down, or even see what your sofa actually looks like may be a bit much. I myself love pillows. I think the safest rule of thumb is to add a pillow or 2 to either end for the smaller loveseats. For the bigger sofa’s, maybe 70″ and up, you can get away with adding 2 to either side, and one in the center. Otherwise, just use your best judgement. You will know when your going overboard.
No matter what you have framed, it becomes much too exhausting to notice what’s inside the frames. After the 13th photo they all blur together and are no longer important. So perhaps remember that you want only your best frames or images out on display. I think it’s nicer to change out the pictures as often as possible for your own entertainment, as well as your guests.
Candles are fun. I know this. Whether you love the candle holder, or the candles themselves, you want to watch how many you have out on display. Always try to change it up and have a variety of candles placed around your home. It is much less noticeable that you have a candle fetish when they all look so different, and are grouped together differently.
Yes again this is a matter of opinion. I am all for having a large display of a great variety of paintings and prints. You can think of yourself as a small little gallery for your favorites artist or artists. However it starts to be too much once you have pieces on your walls, shelves, side tables, fireplace mantles, and coffee tables. A gallery is one thing, a hoarder and obsessive collector is something else entirely. If you are in the search for some good artists I have 10 original Etsy artists you must discover for yourself.
I have to watch myself here as well. I love finding cute little vases to add to my mantle or shelves. However I always promise to get rid of old ones before bringing in the new. Having an overwhelming amount of empty vases around might seem like a good idea, but it’s really not. Store some away if you wish and switch em up for fun, but don’t enjoy them all at once.
Plants are great. I am always urging you to ‘Add more plants to your home’, BUT, your love for these green guys can make your place begin to feel like a jungle. I’ve entered a home with an impressive amount of healthy plants, and I would compare it to walking in to a person’s home with 15 cats. The 1 or 2 are cute, but after that you look like a crazy person.
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Written by Rhiannon Gillis. Rhiannon is a designer based out of Los Angeles and writes for the design blog RhiannonsInteriors.com
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