I corralled some curios to demonstrate how to choose objects that work together and how to array them in gorgeous groupings. After you read my tips, do the same at home! It can be daunting to figure out where to begin when faced with a pile of favorite objects and lots of empty tabletops.
But fear not: a certain logic underlies decorating. Making pottery taught me how to accessorize and arrange anything. For homes, I just apply those same principles to a larger scale.
Artful design is all in the balance
For arranging, this means juxtaposing silhouettes and colors – highlight differences between pieces or draw out their similarities.
Start by establishing framing
Items in a room or on a surface should be composed as you would paint a canvas, with scale, sequencing, and balance conceived from one specific vantage point. Consoles, bookshelves and artworks are generally viewed from a frontal perspective, while furnishings – such as dining room tables and coffee tables – are viewed in the round and should be accessorized accordingly.