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4 Steps to Arranging your children’s decor Accessories (that you could use for your home too)

Tired of the clutter feel and the messy look. You know you have beautiful pieces to display but feel like a little guidance will be more than welcome... Well, you are at the right place... And the bonus us that the tips below are not exclusive to children's spaces...

Your shelves speak a million words. Let it be your children story time.

How to put things on a bookcase, shelf, or desk is one of the most exciting parts of decorating a home. Here is a four steps plan that will turn your boring or cluttered spaces into charming narrations.

Yallah, here are 4 easy steps with a maximum effect.

Tip #1 - Harmony and Contrast

When decorating a place with accessories, remember that the most important thing to avoid is monotony! This has less to do with the objects you chose and more to do with how you show them. Remember to keep a balance of harmony (items that feel like they belong together, such as similar colours, texture or styles) and contrast (smooth/harsh, round/sharp, opposite colours etc) You want a combination of the two in your arrangement.

* Picture Credit : Interior by Awatef

Tip #2 - Shape and Scale

Check that the objects you're selecting will fit into their new homes' scale. You don't want one huge paperweight on a tiny desk, and you don't want a gigantic ceiling-high flower arrangement on a small nightstand. However, most people use items pieces that are too small for their surroundings. If you want to showcase small accessories, try arranging them on a tray or a fabric-covered box. You may also give them some height by placing them on top of piled books or baskets.

"A room should feel collected not decorated" – Albert Hadley
* Picture Credit : Heather Krout

Tip #3 - Layer and Soften

After you've selected your pieces for the area using the design principles outlined above, it's time to layer and soften. As the focal point of your arrangement, start with a taller, bigger piece that is positioned somewhat off-center. Add a taller backdrop layer, a middle-sized medium-height layer, and your smallest things in the front as you work your way to the outer edges in layers. For intrigue, keep the eye moving up and down as it follows the arrangement from left to right. Soften the edges of the shelf or desk with cloth or twisted ribbon to bring in colour and emphasise specific pieces.

* Picture Credit : Mytexashouse

Tip #4 - Mix it up

Putting indoor plants on shelves makes the perfect shelfie, gives a room a pop of colour, and can clean the air. Having a plant in your room (or bathroom) adds a welcome touch of freshness. You don't need to spend a lot of money on custom shelving to make the perfect place to show off a plant. A simple bookcase or a floating shelf will do the trick

* Picture Credit : Interior by Awatef

Above all, keep putting things together in different ways until you find a way that works for you. Try to use things in unusual ways. Put flowers or a living plant in a funky box (can, acrylic box...) . Also keep in mind that you may be attempting to display too much if your arrangement still appears disorganised and cluttered. Create a prop box or closet where you may keep some of your treasures and switch them out a couple of times a year for a fresh new look without paying a dollar dirham.

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With Love and Care


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