Design Room

Learn the Tricks of the Trade to Accessorize Your Room

Next time you're in a store, observe the way a merchandise display is arranged. Designers take special care to make sure the items both make a statement, and draw your eye to the display.


We obviously don't live in stores, but you can take some of these ideas that work well for a visual presentation and integrate them into your interior with good results. Here are some simple tips.

Various Objects
Various Objects: Try mixing up objects like the photo shown above for a more captivating look. Everything doesn't have to be the same or similar (all figurines, or all vases for example). Mixing up items of different periods, or different textures and materials makes it look more visually appealing. Don't be afraid to mix modern with traditional.


Multiples: On the other hand, showing multiples of the same item works too. Andy Warhol often showed repetitive images in his art which had a big visual impact. Three framed palm leaves make a bigger statement on this wall than only one or a pair would.


Heights and levels
Heights and Levels: Different objects of varying heights, or objects of the same height shown at different levels, bring more interest to a display of accessories. Even if you're showing nothing but family photos on a table, put books or some other item underneath some of the photos in the back of the display to "lift" them above the front. In this case, the red mask is placed on a box to keep it from hiding in the back.


Odd Numbers: Group items in odd numbers for maximum impact. As a rule, show 3/5/7 items rather than pairs. Also don't be afraid to show items off-center -- many of us have a tendency to center everything which can look boring if done all the time.

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Stephen Bowen:

Started his career in the interior design industry at Holly Hunt, specializing in furniture and design. He is now a part of the design team at Hunter Douglas Hospitality. For more interior ideas please contact Stephen Bowen at City Spaces at