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Demo Lesson

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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Choosing Accessories (continued)

 

How do you decide what object is a worthy addition and what's just taking up space? In the end, it's the occupant and designer who interpret an object, and it's their interpretation that gives the object its soul. Designers may need to help the occupants of a space see and interpret what they already have. 

 

Does this mean that if an item isn't clearly useful in the way that a coat rack or magazine rack is, it doesn't belong in any interior? Of course not. Some accents and accessories have a subtler purpose: to add a sense of beauty and luxury to the interior. The right accessories can go a long way in making a space feel elegant. Maybe your client can't afford marble tabletops, silk upholstery, or fine art. But with carefully selected accessories, you can add a touch of elegance and luxury to any room. In a bedroom with soft fabrics, you could add a cashmere throw. On a practical sofa, you could add silk accent pillows. Perhaps the touch of luxury is in the antique doorknobs or the sheepskin rug in the baby’s room. Use your imagination when it comes to selecting accents and accessories that can bring luxury to a room. Beauty is the function of some things.

 

Bedroom interior with pillows
The right pillows can add luxury to a bedroom

 

Accessories made of glass are particularly effective when it comes to adding lightness and luxury to a room. Glassmaking is an ancient art and a modern craft that's readily accessible to all of us. The process of making glass goes back to 50 B.C., when the Phoenicians discovered how to make it. What a discovery! As with a pearl, the making of glass begins with a grain of sand. When subjected to extreme heat, sand produces glass in a metamorphic transformation. Hand-blown glass reflects and refracts light in interesting ways. Glass in the form of mirrors can also transform an interior. You can use mirrors to give depth to a room. It's not necessary to hang them on a wall—you can lean them on a table or the floor. Place crystal and shiny metallic urns or candlesticks nearby to create pleasant reflections. Or you could place fresh flowers in front of a mirror to effectively double their size and visual impact. Silvery mirrors and crisp white or icy blue linen fabric can produce an ethereal effect.

 

Flowers in front of mirror
Mirrors can double the impact of fresh flowers


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