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Chapter 1

1. Navigating the Presentation

2. Introduction

Chapter 2

1. General Guidelines...

2. General Guidelines (cont.)...

Chapter 3

1. Choosing Artwork

2. Hanging and Displaying...

Chapter 4

1. Choosing Accessories

2. Choosing Accessories (cont.)

3. Displaying Objects

Chapter 5

1. Grouping Artwork...

2. Growing Good Energy

3. How Does the TV Fit In?

Chapter 6

1. Summary

2. Conclusion

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General Guidelines for Accessorizing

 

Before we look specifically at how to choose and display art and accessories, let's take a look at a few helpful hints that apply to accessorizing in general. These aren't hard and fast rules, but if you follow them as basic guidelines, chances are that your interiors will look cleaner, more polished, and more attractive for it.

 

  1. Less is more.

    When working with art and accessories, the Modernist mantra “less is more” is a good guideline to follow. The biggest mistake people make when doing their own design work is that they clutter the space with too many poorly placed items. Sometimes this is because they've received gifts from family members who expect to see them on display when they visit. Sometimes people have trouble discarding what they no longer need, and as they add to their collections, they inevitably end up with clutter. In design, errors of omission are far less common than errors of inclusion. What does that mean? Basically, if in doubt, leave it out. This rule works hand in hand with our next guideline.

     

    Pile of boxes and decorative items
    To include or not to include?
  2. Light and space are the most precious elements of an environment.

     

    As a first step in accessorizing a room, always consider ways to preserve light and space. If you begin with this objective, you may be delighted by where it leads. What if you set out to accessorize a room by thinking of objects as light-enhancing jewelry for the space? The sheen of a silk pillow might play off the texture of the sofa fabric and light up the space. One beautiful Murano vase (Murano is an island off the shore of Venice, Italy where treasured glassware has been made since the 13th century) could make quite a statement on the black marble top of the coffee table. Candlelight and mirrors could create ambience. If you think of light in a home as the equivalent of optimism in a person, how does that affect the accessories you'd choose? 

     

    Room interior with lots of light and space
    Light and space are valuable

    As I mentioned, it's easy to clutter interiors with accumulated objects that don't truly add to the environment. Try to get your clients to think of space differently: Look at and live in a room with a reverence for light and space before filling that space with something less valuable just because "it needs something."
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