I will never forget a project I did in interior design school called the “table arrangement.” This group project required us to select five (5) objects that uniquely represented our client. We had to think long and hard about these objects and ultimately defend our choices before a panel of veteran interior designers.
Now as a professional interior designer, I use that “table arrangement” project as a guiding force when I get to the accessories phase of a project. I really think about the accessories that are going into the space because this is the perfect opportunity for me to infuse my client’s personality into the design.
Here are my top 3 tips on how to make accessories truly personal in your space:
1.Reflect your likes!
Am I going to put several hardcover books in the space? You bet I am! Designers love books! But I am also going to push the design further by choosing books that relate to my client’s interests. Case in point: For a client that charged us with designing a football themed man cave, we only used books to decorate that were related to football.
2.Reconnect with your idiosyncrasies!
I like to ask my clients a lot of questions. During a conversation with a client about her favorite things, she revealed to me that she has always loved turtles. It became my priority to ensure that this personal touch was reflected in her space. Side note: When I was young I loved horses, so that’s my thing. What’s yours?
3.Draw on your personality!
What makes you the individual that you are? Are you quirky, a social butterfly or a nature lover? Don’t just buy vases and spheres to fill empty shelf spaces. Really tap into the essence of you. Use objects that speak to who you are such as birds, a seashell that you found on a vacation years ago, or vintage pieces.
It may take a little longer to pick out these types of accessories, but you will look around and truly see yourself represented in the space.
Written by Karina Jones
– Superior Interiors by Karina Jones