How To Decorate Your Home With Accessories

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How To Decorate Your Home With Accessories

Decorating your home with accessories is a great way to change your room and the home atmosphere instantly.

You may have heard home accessories being described as the jewelry, which adds value to your room or a piece of furniture.

You may have beautiful and fancy furnishings in your home. Still, it will look better if you have decorated the room with some beautiful accessories on the coffee table, console table, bookshelves, etc. 

You know what the best thing about home accessories is:

  • They create instant change in the ambiance of the room without you needing to spend an extravagant amount.
  • You can define or change your interior design style by choosing the right accessories.
  • They help to create a feeling of ‘home sweet home’ by personalizing the space.

And so much more.

If you are new to home decor or want to learn more about home accessories, keep in mind that these three lessons will help you make fast changes, and I hope you become a believer in using home accessories. 

Everyone has a unique taste when designing their home, but there are do’s and don’ts in interior design science.

Think about places that you wanted to use your home accessories, and then let’s look at some common spaces you should use your home accessories. 

Decorate Your Bookshelves

Decorating a bookcase comes down to simple math: the right ratio of books to decorative items. I know that cabinets are for books, but most people have too many books and not enough decor.

Instead of putting all books into your bookcase, spreading them throughout your home as an accessory is crucial.

By doing that, you can use books as decor; books are a great way to add layers to a group of accessories. Once you have thinned out your bookcase, then you will have enough space for decorative items.

What is the ratio you ask?

The perfect ratio is (in my ideal world) 60%-70% books and 30%-40% decorative items. And don’t forget to add some space between your layouts.

You can change it, of course. If you have more books and not enough space, you can go for 80% of books and 20% decorative items.

However, using less than 20% of decorative items is not going to look as good.

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of bookshelf styling:


  • Use your hardcover books only (if it is possible).

Paperback books are don’t look right. I hear you asking, “Then where do I put them?”. Your nightstand will take care of them (any cabinet or basket, too), or use them in your accessory layouts (horizontally).

  • Organize them by height or by color.

It might drive you crazy to find the book you are looking for, but it will look good. The right way to organize is to choose books with the same height or the same color.

 What type of decor items should I use in my bookcase?

    1. You can use picture frames or framed art.
    2. Items that have a reflective surface will look great like mercury glass, polished gold, or silver.
    3. Find some exciting bookends.
    4. Some sort of storage containers. You can hide your paperback books here 🙂
    5. If you have any collections, they will look fantastic.

I recommend you take stock of your accessories before you begin decorating your bookcase. You might be surprised to find that you have multiple items that have similarities.

These similarities can be the theme, color, or shape. Grouped items create a professional look.

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Decorate Bookshelves

Decorate Your Console Table

The console table is an extraordinary, remarkable, and versatile piece of furniture. I may have exaggerated a little, but console tables are, hands down, one of my favorite furniture pieces.

You can use a console table in basically every room from your foyer to store your keys to your family room for lighting. I could go on, but you get the idea. This perfect little table has no limits.

You can find so many style options or choose one that will work in your home regardless of your home style.

Assuming you have the perfect console table, let’s move on to how you can decorate it systematically.

I am going to show you different ways to arrange accessories that will work for you every time.

The type of accessories you choose depends on the placement of your console table. If it is up against the wall, I highly recommend working with artwork, a mirror, or wall decor above your console table.

Ensure that the wall decor you want to use above your console table needs to cover 2/3 of the wall above the table. There are exceptions, but that’s how you will know it’s appropriate.

Decorate Home Accessories
Home Accessories

Here we have a console table with a piece of artwork. Then choose two identical objects to place on the sides. Great examples of side objects are plants, table lamps, and vases.

Decorate your Console Table

Then put another decorative object on one side of the table such as books, a decorative tray, or a bowl.

Decorate Console Table

I want you to compare these photos; the first one is a picture that I found which lacks design and accessories, and the last one is the final result after you apply all the steps that I mentioned.

Which one do you prefer?


With this arrangement, we can see that we used formal symmetry to create a pleasing composition of accessories on the console table.

After that, you can add different objects by grouping accessories on the empty side. These are all optional but don’t forget to personalized items. 

Here is another tip if you don’t love formal symmetry, try to use a taller object on your design’s left side. I don’t know why, but placing the tallest item on the left side and balancing the right with other grouped objects always works.

Decorate Your Coffee Table

All coffee tables benefit from some decor. The coffee table is front and center in our living space, so why not use it to bring some style into your room.

With this decor opportunity, you need to define your table shape to understand what you can use as a home accessory. Is it square, rectangular, or round?

The first tip is that the tray is your best friend when you are decorating your coffee table. The tray is the number one object that you can use to mimic your coffee table shape. Then you can group items onto the tray.

Another tip you need to know is to keep the table and accessories the same size. I mean, if you have a small coffee table, then big accessories will make your coffee table look smaller. On the contrary, a small object will look like it’s floating on your large coffee table.

You need to keep balance in mind all the time when designing.

Don’t forget that you need to ensure you have space on functional items in your room.

The coffee table is one of the most practical things in your living space, so try not to cover your entire coffee table with decorative items. For example, leave space for your favorite snack.

Just be sure that the items all coordinate in some way: the color palette, the interior design style, or the theme.

Decorate your Coffee Table
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Check out this board with decor ideas using home accessories; it may give you extra inspiration.

Decorate Your Dining Table

Recognize that because the dining table is the center of the dining room or area, you definitely need to style it just like any other horizontal surface.

If you do your measurements correctly when you bought the dining table, your table is the focal point, and you don’t want to mess it up.

You can place a single item with a doubt on the table, such as flowers or a bowl of fruit, regardless of your dining table’s style or shape.

There is nothing wrong with that, but if you are here, you are probably looking for something better than this.

This part is about making your dining table’s daily look, not for setting the table for dinner. This technique will help you set the table for special meetings or holidays.

For example, you may use candles as your daily look, and when the times come to set your table, you can use candles as ambient light.

    1. You need to select your objects in your accent colors. You can use colors on your rug, artwork, or window coverings, or you can repeat the metallic finishes in your room as well. Look at your table or chair’s legs.
    2. Be aware of the scale of your objects. If you have a large chandelier, stay away from tall objects like huge vases; you don’t want to use small items that will disappear.

The best objects you can use when accessorizing your dining table are vases of flowers (real or faux), decorative vases, a decorative bowl, a fruit bowl, all types of candle holders, decorative canisters, trays, runners, etc.

Use 1/3 or 1/2 of your dining table to accessorize. Imagine there are plates and offset the shape; use the space between the center and the plates.

Decorate your Dining Table
Decorate Dining Table

Decorate Your Fireplace Mantel

Well, that’s assuming you have one, of course! 🙂

Just look at the room that the fireplace is in and answer this question: is this room more formal or casual?

It is essential because, based on that, it is good to mirror the look and feel on your fireplace mantel. Your mantel is a focal point of your room.

For a more casual look, informal symmetry and layering items in front of each other is the way to capture that look.

Adding wall art or a mirror if you have the proper amount of space above the fireplace is a good option.

Formal rooms are much more comfortable to decorate because there are fewer items to use. The formal symmetry and hanging something on the wall rather than leaning on the mantel will work.

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Decorate with Pillows

You know that the pillow that comes with the sofa is always the exact color and material as the couch.

It is such an everyday look. Don’t make the mistake of using the pillows given with your sofa.

You have a few fail-safe options.

    • Asymmetrical Approach

Use one pillow on one side and two pillows on the other part, or if a large couch, then use two on one side and three pillows on the other. Make sure to add variations (color, size, pattern).

    • Symmetrical Approach 

The same two pillow on each side and you can add the fifth pillow in the middle. The fifth pillow may have patterns on it with your accent colors, and the other two can be the pillows that came with the sofa. 

So you can make beautiful combinations with buying just 1-3 pillows.

Here are some recommendations about where to buy great accessories: to find hardcover books, check out thrift stores and garage sales.

You can find lots of options at Home Goods and Wayfair for the other accessories within your budget.

There are many things you need to consider, but I think we cover them.

Let me know if you have any questions about decoration. Please feel free to leave a comment below this article. 

Share your problem, and then we can find a solution! 🙂

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Olivia Smart
Olivia Smart
January 6, 2022 11:22

Thank you for explaining that you should select objects in your accent colors. I’ve been wondering where I can add some pops of color in my house since I’ve been decorating in scales of grey and neutral tones since moving in to our new home. I’ll be sure to start looking around for some fun colored objects and see what colors I would like to focus on for the accent colors around the house.