Bigger and Bolder is Better

We’ve all been there. You are out shopping and you want to buy something new for your home. But you really don’t know WHAT you want or need. So you wander through some shops, looking for the missing ingredient.

Then your eyes find “it”. That adorable little accessory you can afford and you expect will transform your room from blah to WOW. Or at least add a little something–if not a big WOW then a little nice touch! The sales clerk wraps it up in paper and you take it home, carefully sitting on the seat next to you.

You unwrap it as you go through the front door, running from end table to bookshelf, looking for its home. Here? No. Over there? Ugh. No.

Then reality hits. It was cute in the store, but in your massive great room, YOU CAN’T EVEN NOTICE IT! It doesn’t make a statement at all. So then you pile on a dozen more accessories trying to make the statement and it ends up a mess.

The moral of the story here is this: it is better to buy one bigger, bolder piece for a specific spot in your room than to buy something cute and little and then search for where to put it.

Best bet is to buy in pairs (two lamps, two candlesticks), triplets (three pillows, three frames, etc.) or make sure a single item is a statement all by itself. Consider the size of your room–if it is a “great room” the bigger the better for accessories.

Go for fewer items, more repetition and bolder pieces.

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Look at the photo. It is a real life example from a client (the before picture). Do you see the accessories? The tiny bunnies? Right over there, on the table behind the sofa. Yeah, there they are. Go ahead and laugh. The client laughed too. That is why she called me. She knew she needed help. No more tiny bunnies! Tiny bunnies rarely solve decorating problems.

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