We all know that accessories are an important part of design. Whether you are talking about fashion or homes, accessories are the icing on the cake when it comes to design.
You also know how I like to drone on and on about drawing design and color inspiration from nature and there is a good reason for that. Nearly everywhere you turn in nature there are pops of color used to accessorize and accentuate the landscape to make it more visually appealing!
Colorful accents, even muted ones, are what draw the eye in and make us want to see more. It's the same way with our own homes. Take a close look at any home interior magazine and really study each photo. One of the tricks of the trade is to beautifully accessorize a room to achieve that perfect look that we all want to emulate! Stylists have a gift for this and will often times open closets and cupboards looking for beautiful, and often times colorful, accessories to use in a shot. It's also why stylists and designers often have the most beautiful homes!
If you think about it, pops of color are what make us love our homes more in the spring and summer, when everything is in bloom and our houses look perfectly accessorized and all dressed up in their Sunday finest! It's also why we tend to have a little bit of a let down when we remove all of our holiday decor each year. That added punch of color and "stuff" tends to make us feel like our homes are a little more pulled together and polished looking.
Even monochromatic design schemes introduce color. It's often a much more subtle color used to accessorize, but it is color none the less and helps to add visual interest to a space. If you've ever viewed photos taken by yourself and wondered why it doesn't look like something from a magazine, then do a little staging and bring in some color!
Even the most beautiful white on white room or black and white kitchen can benefit from a little colorful accessorizing. And you don't have to go out and purchase something to achieve the look...fill a beautiful pottery bowl with oranges, lemons or limes. Or go to a local market and gather up a bunch of flowers! Several stems of daisies spread out among small vases or wine bottles lining a windowsill make a bold statement and cost very little!
Take some advice from my friend the butterfly. Blue and black make a wonderful color combo, but what makes his or her outfit, are those dashes of red! Clearly this is one insect who knows how important the right colorful accessories can be!
What color is your favorite when it comes to accessorizing both your home and yourself?