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Accessorizing Your Home Made Simple

By Vickie Williamson

Custom Framer and Interior Designer

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Decorative accessories are like jewelry for the home. No room is complete until the accessories are in place. Here are key accessories that help dress up a room:

Lighting

Proper lighting is a must for every room in your home. Combine table, floor and ambient lighting for a warm and welcoming space. Try to remember to include a triangle of light sources for the best results. All the lamps in a room do not have to match; variety is pleasing to the eye.

Artwork

Artwork can take on any form that is pleasing to you. Just consider the color, size and shape for the space. Remember to fill the space; this will prevent a piece of artwork from appearing too small for a space. Hang art at eye level when it is not over a piece of furniture. When your art is going to be displayed over a piece of furniture, it should hang about 8 to 10 inches above the furniture.

Plants

Greenery adds freshness to a space. Place greenery on tabletops or shelves to add a little extra something to a display. Larger greenery can be placed in the corner of a room or behind a piece of furniture. Try adding up-lighting for instant drama.

Personal Touches

Small accessories such as books, framed photos and pillows are the things that personalize your home. Change the small accessories seasonally to keep the room’s appearance interesting. Don’t be afraid to move your accessories around the room for a fresh perspective of the space. Accessorizing is fun. Just don’t over accessorize. Once you have the room accessorized to your liking, take another look and remove anything that just doesn’t seem to fit.Having a few of the right items is better than too much of the wrong.

Prince William resident Vickie Williamson owns Fine Design Custom Framing & Interiors in Woodbridge. She has worked in the fine art, framing and decorating industry for more than 25 years and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

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