My start in the interior design world focused on the remodeling/construction side of the industry. Over the past nearly 8 years I've learned the importance the other decorative elements and how they can finish a new remodeled space so it feels complete. When starting a project, interior designers not only evaluate the construction needs of a space, but also come up with an accessories plan that 1) fits the aesthetic and 2) beautifies the space without distracting from the key design elements in the room. The "accessories" plan will help finish out the space beyond what surfaces are able to. The team at JASON BALL interiors is known for a clean and uncluttered look. We like to minimize the "extras" and create a perfect balance between the finishing touches and other features in the room ~ furniture, architectural details, artwork, etc. The accessories should compliment, not take away. Here are some wonderful examples pulled from Houzz.com on accessory styling that we love. The simplicity of the accessories in this beautifully appointed sitting room focuses on a sophisticated color story more than anything. The teal and lemon yellow from the artwork is carried throughout the room in subtle ways.

Portland Oregon interior designer talks about colorful simple accessories

 

A subtle palette of taupe, browns and whites in this living room's accessories helps in highlighting the architectural details of the fireplace and coffered ceiling. Meaningful groupings of vases on the fireplace mantle, a collection of books on the coffee table are all that's really needed to round out this beautiful space.

Portland Oregon interior designer talks about accessories

 

Sometimes a space needs almost nothing extra because of the architectural details present. I envision this home on a tree-lined street in Manhattan or Boston or D.C. The contemporary furnishings and simple accessories are perfect compliments to the ornate moldings and weighty architectural details. Notice the lack of extras. Each accessory used is sculptural and unique in it's own rite. This creates a room with a more art-focused feel where all the design elements work together beautifully.

Portland Oregon interior designer likes contemporary accessory groupings in traditional space

 

Kitchens are one of those rooms that home owners often forget about in terms of accessorizing. But, these rooms are the ones most often in need of a strong accessory plan to help soften the "hardness" of the space. Kitchens are typically constructed with stone, tile and wood. Mixing some color and softer details in the space plays an important role in personalizing and humanizing the room. These two examples are very different from each other. The first kitchen uses soft colors and heirloom objects to compliment the traditional feel of the kitchen. In the second kitchen (and in complete opposition to the first example), accessories are used to move color around the room and create a harmonious decorative scheme. While there are a number of accessories, the consistency in shape in the groupings keeps the overall contemporary design elements in tact.

Portland Oregon interior designer talks about accessories in kitchen design

Interior designer in Portland Oregon shows example of contemporary accessory groupings

 

As you are tackling your project, remember the accessories and their importance in finishing out your space. Keep the groupings interesting, tight and make sure they compliment the other design elements for that professional look. More than anything, have fun selecting your accessories and don't be afraid to take a risk.

And, now how I accessorize my own home. I personally love to surround myself with objects collected from travels, from my childhood and special art pieces. Here's a picture that was published in Oregon Home earlier this year (read the full article here). In this room I have deer antlers from Ohio (my wife just saw them laying in a field), some great coffee table books, flowers, a vase from my childhood and an Irish cross commemorating our trip to Ireland in 2001. The range of objects fits the eclectic style of our 1908 farmhouse in NE Portland.

Jason Ball's own home showing accessories

Detail pics of accessories

So, what is accessorizing style?

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