Often I find that people are purchasing accessories for their interior decorating projects before the plan for the room or home is complete. This is much like putting the cart before the horse. These tend to be impulse purchases that people think will complete the look of their home and but often end up being costly mistakes. Accessories may seem to be simpler, quicker and less costly than other elements of a home’s overall interior design plan, but misplaced pieces can fail miserably in providing a solution without being carefully planned.
When we are addressing whole room and whole house interior design projects, I let my clients know that while accessories are a very key part of finishing a home; this is generally the very last step we take. I prefer to have the plans in place for the color scheme, space plans, and furnishing selections before purchasing and placing accessories or artwork. After all, you need to bake the cake and spread the frosting first before placing the candles on top!
One must also take into consideration the style of the home when choosing the appropriate accessories. A home in Milton or Alpharetta, GA for instance, will require different accessories than a beachfront home in Florida.
Even the most beautifully designed spaces are not complete without the proper finishing touches. Carefully planned and strategically placed accessories can take your home from furnished to fabulous! I caution that it is better to have a few impactful pieces instead of a clutter of knick-knacks. You may need to be willing to let go of some pieces that have accumulated over time in order to give your home a fresh look.
When budgeting for an accessory allowance, I generally plan on the accessories to be approximately 15%-20% of the overall cost to complete and furnish a home. For example, if you are planning on $20,000 to fully furnish and complete your family room, you should budget an additional $3000- $4000 to properly accessorize it. This figure can easily run higher if you prefer original, authentic pieces of art instead of the boxed versions. Given these estimates, it is well worth taking the time to have the plan for your home established first to avoid making costly accessory purchases that don’t really work in the finished design.
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