As soon as I finished painting and cleaned up the epic mess I caused by spending 4 days at the project, I realized my accessory situation was a little lacking. I’ve spent all 3 years we’ve lived in this house waiting for a time when we would be done renovations and could actually start the decorating stage. Now, with every patch covered and the walls freshly painted, we’ve finally finished. This painting project means it’s time to accessorize.
Unfortunately, I have very little to accessorize with. I’m going to have to do a little collecting over the next little while, but for the moment, I shopped my house a little and pulled together a few accessories that would pop against the the pale blue-grey of my fresh walls, keeping just a few things in mind.
Pieces of furniture are accessories too. In the dining area, we already had the kitchen table, with its dark wood top and chairs to match. It went really well with the dark stain of the stairs. But, we had a little extra space in this room and it needed filling. Since I recently freed up the vintage dresser I was using as a diaper change table in the attic, I brought it down, put it in place and realized it was perfect, meshing well with all the dark wood against the bright, freshness of the wall. With these pieces of furniture in place, I felt like the space needed very little extra.
Use the walls. This is something I definitely need to improve over the next few months. At the moment, I have very little hanging on my walls. I want more art! I think colourful, high contrast prints would look great against the grey. Perhaps I’ll have to DIY something in the next few weeks.
Tie pieces together. Not literally, of course. What I mean is, find some commonality between the pieces in a space and use it. I feel like this is likely a bit of a safe technique, but I’ve found it works. A year or so ago, I found the painting hanging above our television on the curb on garbage day and ran it home in excitement. From that painting, I added a few other splashes of orange, yellow and green, highlighting the orange and greens in the painting. Green throw pillows, an orange bowl, a pile of old National Geographics. Against the grey wall, these colours really shine, and make the room feel like I’ve actually pulled it together, rather than getting lucky with a few random pieces.
Love your accessories. If you love something, display it! On the flip side, if you don’t love something, even if it works in a space, get rid of it. An accessory might make your room look magazine-perfect, but if it’s not you, you’re not going to feel comfortable in the space.
Hence, the ampersand. I know these things had their day of being trendy, but I loved it the moment I laid eyes on it, so I was pretty excited when I hung it in the corner above my lamp after finishing my painting and realized it was perfect for the corner. It was a simple detail that felt very ‘me’, especially against the grey wall.
I’m sure you can tell I’m nowhere close to finished accessorizing both rooms, but we’ll get there eventually. For now, I’m loving what I do have against these fresh grey walls. Soon, perhaps, I’ll start visiting thrift stores and keeping my eyes open for the perfect additions. In the meantime, I’ll be scouring the Internet for inspiration. Don’t forget, the Benjamin Moore website
is a great resource for all things colour related!
Although this post has been generously sponsored by Benjamin Moore, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Benjamin Moore.