25 August 2011

Odd beats even

Way back, before I was married, I worked with interior designers, decorators and architects.  The best lesson I learned from these talented people was that when it comes to decor, odd beats even. The best groupings are of three or five objects, of varying heights. For example, a tall slender table lamp  anchors the group. An attractive 8x10 photo frame is angled beside it. A vintage bowl of pretty shells rests next to the photo to complete the grouping.  Remember that quality almost always wins over quantity and look for the best accessories you can possibly afford. That doesn't mean you have to buy them from department or homeware stores. Some of my best and most valuable accessories have come from trash'n'treasure markets, op shops or have been hand-me-downs from my mother, mother-in-law and aunties.  Three treasured teapots grouped together in a tasteful display packs a much more powerful decorating punch than a dozen scattered haphazardly around a room.  Just choose styles and colours that complement each other and the overall theme or style of the room.

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