THE ART OF TABLESCAPING
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That important component she was referring to is the accessorizing of the whole space. Accessorizing is such an important part of interior design, but it's often the part that most home owners miss out. It is the finishing touch to an otherwise bland-looking space.
All the principles of interior design - unity, harmony, balance, proportion, contrast and rhythm - apply to the art of tablescaping, as I call it. The twist comes from your personal interpretation of those principles.
Here are some tips I hope you will find useful when you are sculpting your own tablescapes:
1. Grouping objects of different shapes but in the same color can be good idea. One can further create strong visual interest with objects in a single color but different textures.
2. Experiment with the rule of opposites: pair glossy surfaces with matte ones, vintage objects with contemporary pieces, round bowls with square vases. You get it.
3. Balance is everything. Keep items from feeling disjointed by playing around with the heights of the objects so that things will look pleasing but not boring. Ensure the objects are not overly small. And remember to choose at least one bolder item to be a main focal point.
5. Books make for some of the best decorative accessories around and act as ideal pedestals to elevate shorter display objects. And yes, they make you look intelligent too. Even if you're not.