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posted: 9/8/2012 5:00 AM

Rearranging your accessories

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By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann
Scripps Howard News Service

Sometimes just rearranging the things we already own can make a big change in our homes. Let's explore how to display accessories in ways that perhaps we didn't think of before.

Some pictures don't need to be hung on the wall. Instead, they might look quite chic on a table and leaning up against a wall. Another place to lean pictures is on shelves. And another is inside curios or glass cabinets. Think. You might come up with other picture-leaning places.

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Do you like or have pictures that are similar in subject matter, such as florals, seascapes, country views? Arrange them all together on the same wall. Clusters of same things look good together and create a feeling of unity in the room.

Instead of pictures on the wall, try sculptures. Art that pops out of the wall is always interesting and exciting. Creating a 3-D wall makes a room burst with interest.

Are your ceilings low or is there a room in the house with a low ceiling? You know how vertical stripes on clothes make you look taller and more slender? The same goes for vertical art on the walls of a low-ceiling room. OK, so it might not slenderize the room, but it will help elevate the ceiling in an illusionary manner. Place pictures, or perhaps framed mirrors, one over the other for that vertical look. And remember, an odd number is always more interesting to look at than an even number, so three or five pictures hung vertically would be nice. If you have enough mirrors or enough of the same subject pictures, you could repeat this vertical idea in two or more places in the room, depending on the size of the room and the wall space.

In a room that has little going on and looks rather plain, consider wrapping the doorway with art. You've seen stencils around door frames, so why not create your own decor with framed pictures going up the sides and across the top of the doorway. These could be family pictures or any other subject that would be of interest to you. In a kitchen you might consider a plate collection to display as art around the doorway. Keep the subject the same, though, so there is purpose and continuity to your work.

Speaking of doors inside your home, what about painting all the doors and woodwork around them a color other than the standard white? Pick a color that you are already using in your decor and paint the doors and trim around them that color. You will be pleased with the colorful results. Be sure to use a washable paint because doors and their trim can get handprint dirt on them easily.

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