Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Finishing Touches Can Make a Big Difference; Create Points of Interest with Carefully Selected Accessories

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Finishing Touches Can Make a Big Difference; Create Points of Interest with Carefully Selected Accessories

Article excerpt

Byline: INTERIORS With creative stylist Claire Hornby In association with

IMAGINE going to a wedding in a fabulous, flattering, expensive outfit - with no shoes on.

It's a preposterous picture; we'd never forget to accessorise for a big day. Yet when it comes to our homes we're sometimes so focused on the large items that we forget the finishing touches.

As ever in interior design, less is often more, and a few carefully-chosen accessories can be more striking than simply packing your shelves with too many goodies.

The secret is clarity, not clutter; plenty of space around each accessory will maintain the feeling of airiness in a room while adding points of interest.

If you do have a number of items you want to display, try to group them together in themes - for example, glassware will look great if you have a common colour or shape.

The perfect accessory should enhance the decor and furnishings in your room. For instance, a side table will benefit from a beautiful bowl that draws the eye to it and emphasises the grain of its wooden surface.

So accessories should be worthy of all the attention, and real talking pieces. I love the Romano Armillary Ball, pictured on the stylish Baker tapered shelving unit. The ball is intriguing and gorgeous with its sleek metal curves, which set off the angularity of the shelves perfectly.

The sheen of metal makes it particularly attractive in accessory items, which will gleam in sunlight or lamplight to create that important eye catching effect.

The Smoke and Nickel Glass Pendant takes that one step further by holding the light itself. Dark, smoky glass panels team up with glinting metal for a light fitting that's a beauty in itself. It would make a real centrepiece in a dining room, living room or in the airspace of a hallway.

It's not all about metal, of course. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.