Top 10 Do’s & Don’ts for Accessorizing Your Home

“Have nothing in your house
that you do not know 
to be useful,
or believe to be beautiful.”
~William Morris

Creating a theme or style in your home can be accomplished by thoughtful choices and placement of accessories. But where do you begin? Our designers share their pro advice on the top 10 do’s and don’ts for selecting and arranging your home accessories:

1) Do add texture with area rugs, pillows, lampshades and window treatments to create visual interest.

Adding interesting texture with Silver Urn Lamp from

Adding interesting texture with Silver Urn Lamp from

2) Don’t be afraid to add in color — even if it’s unexpected. Use artwork, a pillow or side table to add that pop of color and then add a few additional items in the space with the same color. But don’t overdo it. There is no need to have the color everywhere.

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Adding an unexpected pop of color. Source: Houzz

3) Do use the “Rule of Three” to group your accessories such as displaying three vases of varying heights or three pillar candles. Arrange a grouping on a decorative tray to create an interesting focal point.

A Group of Three Book Birds from

A flock of three Book Birds from

4) Don’t forget about maintenance. If you don’t have endless amounts of time or money to pay someone to dust, items with small crevices and excessive ornamentation will only collect dust if not cleaned on a regular basis. Smooth edges and bigger pieces are easier to maintain.

5) Don’t hang your artwork too high. Pictures, paintings, mirrors and other wall hangings should be hung at eye level.


Artwork gallery source: Crate and Barrel

6) Do think about scale when selecting home accessories.  Displaying a bunch of small items on a large piece of furniture will appear busy and cluttered. Use one, two or three larger pieces that complement each other.

7) Don’t over-accessorize as this can make a room feel cluttered and overwhelming. Instead, choose fewer pieces that make an impact and reflect your style.

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Simply beautiful and impactful. Source:

8) Do layer your décor in this order: furniture, wall then accessories. It’s okay if the accessories overlap the wall art as long as the overall view isn’t obstructed. Try to isolate the areas of your space into small vignettes when arranging accessories like you are preparing for a photo shoot.

A framed Countryside map is hung eye level above the Taggart Console Table from

Time-traveller vignette from

9) Do play with a variety of shapes that all work well together without being matchy. Mix round with square, rectangular with three-dimensional shapes, or tall and chunky with medium and slender. Don’t be afraid to play with accessories at the showroom or store to make sure you like them all together.


Combining shapes and sizes creates interest. Source: Crate and Barrel

10) Do buy more than you need — just hold on to your receipts! If you are shopping at multiple stores, be aware of their return policies. Sometimes what looks great online or on a shelf will not work once you bring it home. By having several options on-hand, you can see what works in scale with your existing furniture and colors. But remember to edit and keep what you find to be useful and beautiful!

Venice-inspired Manhattan apartment thoughtfully combines scale, color and layers of accessories. Featured on