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Accessories Unleashed - The Do's and Don'ts of Accessorizing

Accessorizing is the icing on the cake when it comes to interior design. It's the final touch that adds personality, depth, and character to a room. However, accessorizing isn't just about scattering a few knick-knacks around the room. It requires thought, balance, and a keen eye for detail. This week Timeless Design by Kate FitzGerald-Wilks is listing some of our do's and don'ts when it comes to accessorizing.


  1. Start with a Plan: Before we start accessorizing, our team has a clear vision of what we want to achieve. We consider the style, color scheme, and mood that the homeowners and Kate have agreed upon to convey in the room. This helps us choose accessories that complement the overall design.

  2. Mix Textures: Add depth and interest to the space by incorporating a variety of textures. We might mix soft fabrics like velvet and wool with hard materials like wood, or metal for a balanced look.

  3. Layer Accessories: Create visual interest by layering accessories of different heights, shapes, and sizes. Stack books, lean artwork against the wall above a cabinet, and layer textiles like rugs and throw blankets to add dimension.

  4. Incorporate Personal Touches: Accessories are a great way to showcase our client’s personality and interests. We work with them to incorporate meaningful items into the designs like family heirlooms, travel souvenirs, or handmade crafts to add a personal touch to the space.

  5. Use Mirrors: Mirrors are not only functional but also great accessories for adding depth and light to a room. Our team will place mirrors strategically to reflect natural light and create the illusion of a larger space.

  6. Consider Scale: We pay close attention to the scale of accessories in relation to the furniture and the room. For example a small piece of art in a large room might end up looking like a stamp on the wall.

  7. Edit and Curate: Less is often more when it comes to accessorizing. During installation we will edit your accessories and leave our client with a collection of items that enhance the overall design of the room.


  1. Overcrowd Spaces: Avoid cluttering surfaces with too many accessories. Leave some breathing room to allow each piece to shine and prevent visual overload.

  2. Match Everything: While coordination is essential, avoid matching accessories too perfectly. Mix and match colors, patterns, and textures for a more eclectic and interesting look.

  3. Neglect Functionality: Don't sacrifice functionality for aesthetics. Choose accessories that serve a purpose, whether it's storage, lighting, or seating.

  4. Forget About Balance: Balance is key to a well-designed space. Avoid placing all your accessories on one side of the room or neglecting certain areas altogether. Symmetry is also important visually when it comes to accessorizing shelves, or the furniture layout in a room. 

  5. Ignore Proportions: Be mindful of the proportions of your accessories in relation to the furniture and the room. Avoid using tiny accessories on large surfaces or oversized accessories in small spaces. We want to leave our clients with spaces where every item looks intentional and meant to be where it was placed.

  6. Don't Overboard with a Theme: While it's fantastic to have a theme for your space, it's essential not to go overboard. Avoid saturating every inch of the room with theme-related accessories. Instead, sprinkle subtle hints of the theme throughout the space to maintain a cohesive and balanced look. Too many theme-specific items can make the room feel gimmicky and overwhelming. Remember, less is often more when it comes to incorporating a theme into your interior design scheme.

  7. Overlook the Power of Negative Space: Negative space is just as important as the accessories themselves. Allow for some empty space to create visual balance and prevent the room from feeling overcrowded. This will allow your guests to enjoy each accessory, or grouping of accessories more thoughtfully.

Accessorizing is an art form that requires creativity, patience, and attention to detail. Timeless Design by Kate FitzGerald-Wilks has helped our clients style and accessorize beautiful homes for over 20 years. By following these do's and don'ts, we can help elevate your space with accessories that enhance the overall design and reflect your unique style and personality.


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