The power of proper “Accessories” is undeniable. Here is the big category where little things mean a lot! What woman would disagree with the comment that little things mean a lot?

Even though furniture planning, furniture selection, architectural work, floor coverings, draperies and such mean a lot, it's the follow-through in the accessorizing phase that makes all the difference. Many people, who can not seem to handle the foregoing, seem to think they can handle the accessorizing of the space just fine. Well my thought is as they could handle the first part, what makes them think that they can handle the second part? The real deal is that the accessorizing phase is a mini-version of all the big stuff that came before it.

The types of things selected, the colors, the textures; all contribute to the personalization of the space which is the main goal, from the beginning despite wade through to the end.

The positioning and placement of objects in regards to each other is of vital importance, because it affects what they communicate and how severely they communicate it. Accessories should be a little like the Three Musketeers … “All for one and one for all,” in order to make a big impact. They also were kind of like people. If they are close enough, you can facilitate communication. If they're too far away from each other, communication is not facilitated. Moreover, if you put them too close together, you may have some problems.

The backgrounds for accessories, is also very important. Against these backgrounds, you are going to be seeing your accessories for better or worse, depending on how you handle the contrast levels. These backdrops could be a cocktail table, wall color, wallpaper, or a host of other backdrops that come into view as you move about a room.

For instance, when you look at a space, there's a lot of furniture that you're seeing, such as sofa, chairs, and case goods. The wall and the floor is a backdrop for them, in your line of sight and vision. Therefore, it's important that the color and the texture of the walls and floor coverings, enhance the fabric on the sofa, as well as the shape and form of the sofa.

Remember, it's not only important how you start, but how you finish as well. This mini-seminar series has touched on 12 of the major aspects that are important too obtaining a great result regarding your interior design and decorating projects. Obviously, there is much more involved than what I can cover in a four-article mini-design seminar format.

Interior design is very much analogous to the human body. “Tying” together every element in the final stages of the interior design project, so it not only looks great, but functions great as well, is the goal of all interior design and decorating. One part can not function entirely without the other part. One part or element can not say the other, “I do not need you.” All interior design and decorating needs to be holistic and operating in concert, and performing very much like a musical symphony.

In the end, the whole design needs to “sing,” and get a “standing ovation!”