Size Isn’t All that Matters

by Riki Altman-Yee

JAN’ 19

Maybe not everyone has an innate talent to be an interior designer, but when it comes to accessorizing a space one basic tip can help guide the way:

The size of your decor isn’t all that matters.

Making a room both visually engaging and pleasing to the eye is often a matter of choosing decorative items based on scale and proportion, explains God of Fine Things (GOFFT) founder, Piret Johanson. (For those of us who have forgotten the difference, scale refers to the size of an object in relation to another object and proportion refers to the balance between elements, like shape, color and texture.)

Johanson advises her clients to keep the following in mind when shopping GOFFT’s Collections:

  • First, evaluate the space to determine where accessories can be incorporated. Consider the height and width of walls and the surface areas of tables, chairs and other spots where accessories could go. If accessories are too small, they might get visually lost. If they are too big, they might obstruct other important lines. Generally speaking, the larger the space, the larger the accessories it can withstand and vice versa.

  • But don’t be afraid to layer! Although there is never a good enough reason to cover great artwork with a bulky oversized piece of décor, for example, even the largest or smallest of works can benefit from being anchored by a sleek console table below or bookended by sculptural vases.

  • Sometimes grouping small or similar pieces together with a common material, theme or shape creates impact. So instead of looking for one really long, skinny item, consider three or four smaller items placed in a row like these enchanting ceramic Bosa Trade spheres found in the Bohemian Bliss, Hollywood Regency, Loft Living and Urban Jungle Collections.

  • Avoiding perfect symmetry can pay off. Even in a bedroom with matching nightstands or a living room that has a pair of identical end tables, the sizes and shapes of accessories atop each can vary. Arranging items that are similar yet different somehow, like these captivating Reflections Copenhagen crystal accents, can make a space visually intriguing.

Johanson’s final design tip is also indispensable. “Take multiple photos from different perspectives and critique your work,” she advises.

“Sometimes that’s the best way to see things through the eyes of your house guests.”