Accessories: The Art of Pulling a Room Together

Posted on | March 26, 2012 | 3 Comments

Accessories are essential. They pull together a design, and speak volumes about our personal style. However, it can be difficult to determine how to go about using accessories in our homes. We caught up with accessorizing expert June Delugas of June DeLugas Interiors in the Winston-Salem area to get some perspective.

NCD: What are the most important things to consider when accessorizing?

JD: Space is the most important factor. The accessories should fit the space, and not overwhelm or crowd it. They should be large enough to be seen and make a statement but not so large that they dominate or throw the room off balance. Color is also essential—today’s designs especially are all about bright, bold color accents.

Images Courtesy of June DeLugas Interiors

NCD: How do you know what to place where?

JD: It’s all in the eyes. My goal is always to achieve a sense of visual balance in the room. Tall items should be balanced with other tall items. Smaller items—such as picture frames–should be grouped together minimally, and the groups should be broken up around the room. Larger items should be used sparingly and should be thoughtfully placed.

NCD: How should a homeowner plan and budget for accessories?

JD: People are often very surprised at the substantial amount of time it takes to draw up a room, plan out the space and add in accessories. They’re also surprised at the substantial investment it requires. The fact is, accessories add more than anything else. Homeowners should plan to set aside 15 percent of their overall design budget just for accessories.

NCD: How do you incorporate a homeowner’s collections into a design?

JD: Using a homeowner’s collections in their design is our specialty. We love pulling treasures out of closets and cabinets! We consider the color, shape and size of the items, and then decide how and where they would best fit in the space. We encourage clients to “repurpose” things they already have, rather than spend money on new items. Using pieces that are personally meaningful adds a new perspective and a sense of depth to the design.

NCD: Do you have any special accessorizing ideas for homeowners?

JD: I love layering accessories. Layering means grouping different objects of different sizes in front one another so that they can all be seen, but they overlap slightly. You might place a mirror on a shelf, for example, then place a shorter vase of flowers in front of it to the right side, and a small sculpture in front of the vase on the vase’s left side. Instantly, you’ve added interest, dimension and balance to the space.

A Winston-Salem interior design firm, June DeLugas Interiors provides personalized design services to residential and commercial clients throughout the Piedmont. The showroom offers an extensive selection of furniture and accessories.

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3 Responses to “Accessories: The Art of Pulling a Room Together”

  1. Ellen
    March 27th, 2012 @ 10:58 AM

    Love those glass shelves…..interesting article! smiles…

  2. Amy Vermillion - Martineau Vermillion Interior Design
    March 27th, 2012 @ 6:50 PM

    Great advice!!! Lovely photos.

  3. Liz Hughes
    March 30th, 2012 @ 9:07 AM

    They are beautiful, aren’t they?! Thanks Ellen.

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