11/07/09
Amy

(Home Managment) Centerpieces


Centerpieces bring life to a room. If you look at Pottery Barn or other home decor magazines, you’ll find that two things ultimately give a room that much coveted pop: the lack of clutter and the accent or centerpieces. But you don’t have to be an interior designer or have a big budget to create that look in your home.

Using items from around your house, you can easily create striking centerpieces. Here are a few tips to get you started:

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1. Start with an anchor piece such as a tray, place mat, or an open napkin.

2.Draw inspiration from the room itself. By incorporating elements that are commonly used in that room, you instantly create a homey feel by making the room real and relatable.  For example, if you are making a centerpiece for a kitchen or dining room, use food related items such as bowls, pitchers, fruit, vegetables, baking tools, mugs/glasses, cookie cutters, chopsticks, wooden utensils, or vintage food tins. In a living room or study, you can use books, magazines, eyeglasses, jars of small office supplies (paperclips, rubber bands, thumbtacks, crayons, etc.), a small puzzle, or a set of coffee mugs. And bathrooms can easily be brought to life with bars of soap, cotton balls or cotton swabs, washcloths, lotions/shampoos or bath beads.

3. Add a couple of warm, homey elements; preferably some type of candle and also a form of plant life. Flowers provide a great opportunity for a pop of color, but a simple form of greenery can also provide warmth and a neutral palate to allow you to work in color through other elements. Candles are another opportunity to add a soft touch to your centerpiece. Whether you use a couple of bigger candles to add height, a few votive candles for warmth, or a set of bundled candles for a traditional touch, it is hard to go wrong with candles.

4. Design your centerpiece with variation in height. After you decide on your anchor piece (as described in #1), base the rest of your design around your tallest piece. Gradually bring down the height with 1-3 medium sized pieces, and then use your small items as filler.

5. Color. If you need to add a pop of color to your room, centerpieces can provide you with a great opportunity. You can get away with color there that you can’t in other parts of the room. Don’t be afraid to add a couple of bold elements!

6. Holidays can also be a great inspiration for centerpieces and provide an easy way to decorate your home for the season.

*Tip – Designate a box or cabinet to storing small home decor pieces that are not currently in use. When you get the urge to make a change, you will have your accent pieces ready to mix-and-match into a fabulous new focal point.

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