I love a wall of shelves because of the personalization that they can bring to a space. They provide a place to showcase all of the sentimental pieces we can't seem to get rid of. This eclectic wall of shelves resides in my parents' cozy home in Michigan. The wire objects displayed are gifts that my brother in law brought back from Zambia. The large green plate on the top shelf is a Christmas gift I painted for my parents in the fifth grade. I love personal decor because of the stories that come with - great conversation starters.
Plants are known to promote feelings of calmness and optimism. These stress-relieving accessories also release oxygen to ward off headaches, drowsiness, and insomnia.
Another great way to personalize a space is using photographs. Photographs are timeless and interesting. (My Dad rocked that afro!)
You can't go wrong with books. Books are great space fillers or dividers. You can never have to many. They never look cluttered.
5. Spacial Design
Spacial design incorporates concepts of architecture and interior decorating. One of the most important aspects of accessorizing is correct spacing. The last thing you want is a cluttered space. Be careful that do not over accessorize. Always err on the side of scarce and simple rather than overdone and cluttered. I spent several hours filling these shelves - taking objects down, moving to another shelf, staring, trying different combinations...Spacial design can require a lot of thought and energy.
Collections invite more personality. I collect bouncy balls and old hymnals, both displayed in my living room. A fun collection can be a another great conversation starter. But be careful - all in moderation. People may question your sanity if they see an entire wall dedicated to 1,532,984 jars of bouncy balls.
7. Large Objects
Large object are always better than small objects. It's okay to incorporate a few smaller objects here or there, but keep it limited. The more small knick knacky things, the more your space with feel cluttered and unorganized.
I love to decorate with practical things- storing everyday items in a creative way. It can be a great way to provide more storage! Displaying my baking needs and cookbooks on shelves frees up precious cabinet space and looks cute.
9. Odd Numbers
Decorating in odd numbers (a principle called the "Rule of Three") is a rule that will never grow old. In Feng Shui, there are two different energies - Yang and Yin. Even numbers produce Yin and odd numbers produce Yang. Yin contracts and condenses while Yang expand and moves. Odd numbers generate visual interest and movement.
Accessories are a great way to bring color to a room. Small pops of color produce activity, depth, and interest.
How do you like to accessorize your home?