If you have just moved out to get a place of your own for the very first time or are decorating your home for the umpteenth time, one obvious difficulty that almost everyone faces is how to look for the right home accessories. We all are pretty aware of what exactly are the basic needs of a home, like the couch and the bed, but where else do you go from there? The base is ready, but the direction in which one needs to build on, that is a topic that leaves people in plenty of confusion.
With modern markets offering everything that you need and plenty that you don’t, what is the right and easy way to accessorize your home? Well, here is a simple guide that will get you started and will help you finish your interior decoration.
Keep in mind the available space and shop accordingly
There might be enough stuff in the store to fill up Michael Jackson’s Neverland, but the point is that you are not trying to fill up a mansion. Most often you will be tempted to buy something that is large and grand, but if it does not fit the scale of your home, then it looks ungainly. Be it a sofa set or a dining table, a big bed or even a large flower vase; things look attractive only when in right proportion. The room must never look too congested or too empty. Make sure that you strike the balance right.
Chalk out a very basic budget plan
The problem with accessories is that many of them look very attractive and most often salesmen have a funny way of making you buy what they wish to sell rather than what you need. Before you go out to shop, it would be wise to make a budget statement and then stick to it. Most of us run on a limited budget and hence this will avoid buying both the unnecessary and the stuff that is too expensive. Decorating your home comes at a price and that must be affordable!
Pick colors and patterns that mix and match with existing furniture
Always pick colors and patterns that are in-sync with what you already own as you do not want to change around your basic furniture for the sake of accessories! Pick shades and textures that run with the theme that you already have going at your place. Do not be tempted buy something that would sit ungainly- like a retro lamp for a modern living room- just because it looked good in the store.
Make comfort a priority
When you do but an accessory, make sure that does not actually disturb the existing comfort and ambient feel of your home. Anything that adds in terms of beauty, but takes away in terms of comfort is a complete no-no. Also make sure that what you buy does not demand too much of attention, care and constant attention. You wish to accessorize your home, not take care of a pet!
Bring home stuff that merges with local culture and topography
While picking stuff for decoration you can always chose a theme and most often it serves you well if the theme is in touch with local culture and topography. This has more advantages than those that meet the eye. The obvious reason being, it will sit well when guests come for a visit. It also makes your home an extension of your natural surroundings. If you live by a beach, go for plenty of shells and sand. If you live in a green and hilly region then bring in some plants and stuff in shades of green. Apart from the already mentioned reasons, this also costs you less as you can buy the stuff locally. This way it not just looks good but goes easy on your purse.
Remember that your home is reflects your thoughts and designing it in the way you wish to see it is an important part of both your personal and social life. You need not always spend extravagantly to look good and the above simple suggestions more or less are the basics for shopping for accessories. While you can always improvise on them, it will help you a great deal if you keep them in mind the next time you hit stores!
Written By Lesley Canter on Friday, May 2, 2014 | 7:42 AM