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Art Of Accessorizing

Feb 26, 2008
Accessorizing is truly an art form. Wither you are accessorizing you home with furniture, art or knick-knacks or yourself with jewelry, purses or shoes you must be careful to not over-accessorize, under-accessorize or mis-match accessories. This is where the 'Art of Accessorizing' comes in.

Let's start with your home. Decorating your home using accessories and decorative accents is an art, not a science. Although there are some basic guidelines you should stick to, accessorizing and decorating is purely interpretive. As humans, we all have different tastes, likes and dislikes; this is what makes us and our homes all different and ultimately unique.

You need to begin with choosing a style or theme. It can be Mediterranean or Italian, whatever you decide. Select items that make you smile and bring out what you love about the theme chosen upon. Be bold and daring. Stage your accessories in interesting displays by using colors, different shapes, sizes and textures.

Mix accents, such as lamps, candle holders, clocks, ceramics, pottery, vases, canister sets, stack of books or bookends. You can use wall art, frames, and mirrors by placing them against the wall rather than on the wall, to be different and add dimension to the room. Use them for the backdrops for your vases, books and pottery. Compliment square with round and dark with light. Use mirrors under objects to intensify their size and shape.

Trial and error and having fun with your accents will eventually lead you to the theme and décor you desire. Remember to think outside the box when decorating (i.e. place a wine rack or wall sconce on your walls rather than just framed art). If you're in need of assistance look to books, magazines and local home décor stores to identify styles that you like and can easily adapt into your home.

Now moving on to accessorizing ourselves, many of these tips can be used for accessorizing yourself as well as your home. Find pieces, wither they are shoes, clothing pieces or jewelry they reflect your personality, taste and likes. The way in which you accessorize yourself, as well as your home will show the outside world who you are and what you are all about. Some wonderful pieces to accessorize your self in are the following: funky scarves, handmade or vintage jewelry, oversized purses, clutches that don't match your outfit perfectly, and comfortable shoes, such as Havaianas flip flops. With extras added to your outfit you will be admired from afar for your wonderful fashion sense.

Although accessorizing is considered to be an art form it is ultimately something that comes from your personal taste and that is what is most important about the 'Art of Accessorizing'. Remember to be unique and try new things, you never know what will be the new hottest trend. Keep an open mind but know what you do like vs. what you do not like; this is what will make you a wonderful accessorizer when it comes to your own personal style or the style of your home.
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