- Use groupings in odd numbers (three to five pieces is ideal).
- Vary the heights of items used (small, medium, and large) to keep the eye moving. A popular staging trick is using a small stack of books to add extra height to an accessory!
- Incorporate organic elements (plants, branches, sea shells, flowers, wooden bowls) to bring the outside in.
- Layer your accessories. It’s okay to let a lamp cover a portion of the artwork or to layer art elements.
For staging, choose neutral accessories that update any setting without showcasing a hobby or profiling the owner (while your home is on the market is NOT the time to display your collection of sports memorabilia or unicorn figurines). For redesign, however, it’s all about the homeowner and surrounding them with the things they love (NOW you can bring out that collection); use unique items that add character, such as something purchased from a trip, and group around it.
What to Avoid
Don’t place accessories in a straight line, crowd the space with too much or place items in a way that blocks conversation. Each item should add interest and complement the entire arrangement. When the eye has too many things to focus on, nothing stands out and the brain interprets this as cluttered and crowded. Remember that less is more because it allows the viewer to truly appreciate and examine what is on display.