The fine art of accessorizing your home can make the difference between a subtly stylish abode and one that is cluttered and confusing. Many mid-century modern designers abide by the rule that “less is more,” and we agree, but every cozy place needs a little character to truly define your personality. So where do you begin when you want to add accents to your home? Here are a few tips that can help.
Get a Tray for Your Coffee Table
Coffee tables are the “conversation pits” of the home. Whether your drink of choice is a cappuccino or Moscow Mule, the area is meant to stimulate engaging exchanges between family and friends at all hours. Depending on the size of your table, you may have enough room for flowers, candles, books and more. However, when you factor in that fact that everyone also needs a place to rest their drink, the space issue becomes a tad more tempestuous. To prevent your items from getting disorganized or scattered, a good accessory to invest in is a good table tray. Not only can the tray help you keep everything neat and stored, but it can also create more space for your drinks. To ensure that your items in the tray still appeal to the eye, make sure you cluster candles together, stack books symmetrically and limit the accessories to 2 or 3 key pieces.
A Well Placed Pillow Adds a Lot of Effect
If you have a living space that is monochromatic, a few bright and well-placed pillows can add that bold pop that you’ve been looking for (without going overboard). Many people opt for contrasting colours to create an eye-catching environment, while others prefer to add elements of the whimsical, artistic or bizarre. To add just a little more personality to your space, graphic print pillows make a great pick. They are great back rests, but even greater conversations starters. Whether they feature pop art, varied textural patterns, or great quotes, they are accessories that can really enhance your living space with very little effort.
Vary the Symmetrical with the Organic
Symmetry, straight lines and perfectly succinct shapes make for a clean and sleek living space. However, there is a fine line between having a symmetrical space and a sterile one. To ensure that your environment has warm character with personal elements in it, ensure that you add organic or imperfect shapes in addition to the symmetrical ones. Some great choices include modern concrete centerpieces, geometric glass terrariums or one of these unique candle holders. Bonus points for picking an accessory that can fuse elements of culture and history into it as well.
Add a Colorful Throw
Many mid-century modern furnishings are made to last for life. While this is a great testament to their quality and craftsmanship, it also means that after several years, you may want to add some color and spice to the classic for variety’s sake. Instead of reupholstering your piece, which can be costly and cumbersome, a great option is adding a colorful or textured throw to the mix. A very popular throw is the sheepskin or natural reindeer hide. Depending on the amount of color and change you’d like to add, many people opt to drape their throws over the entire back of their sofa or lounge chair, while others prefer to fold the throw into a long, neat rectangular coverlet-style shape. Whether you place the throw on your bed, sofa, sectional or chair, it will keep the overall look of your original furniture piece, while ensuring that it also has a slice of your personality and individual style.