Hey guys, Kari here! So, this blog comes from me as I watch the starting days of March Madness. As you all know, I am a sports fanatic – and where my love for decorating comes, well, that I am still trying to figure out!

But, as I watch these games, the final score always comes down to the unspoken plays and players – solid defense, good rebounding, making your free throws. Well, as I finished a fun decorating job yesterday, I realized the same is true with design! The unspoken players in decorating are the deciding factor in a great overall visual appearance.

When I go into a client’s house, my main goal is to give someone a new look, using both new items mixed with some of the client’s existing collection of decor. But, before you can make new or old decor look just right, you have to have your unspoken players in place.

So, here are my tips for how to make your silent players bold so that your decor can shine.

1. Easels

Some easels lean back and others are more upright. Some are heavy duty and some are lighter weight. Some are tall, some are big, some are deep, some are small. Finding the right one is so important for making the items in the easel look right. For example, picture frames can typically fit better in easels that lean back, while plates and trays need to be more upright.

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2. Moss balls

Moss balls make such a big impact for such a small and seemingly insignificant item. They add different colors, textures, and shapes, while adding life to dark or boring areas. And they can be used in so many ways! We all own a variety of candlesticks, and many items they blend in with our bookshelves. Add a moss ball on top, and they are brought to life. Another idea, if you have an empty bowl that just doesn’t look quite right empty, add a moss ball to bring some color and life.

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Having items at varying heights is critical for a dynamic and interesting visual appearance in your decor. Stacking book boxes is such a great way to adjust the height of your decor to make it more interesting. For example, in these shelves, I used book boxes to make a smaller frame seem bigger and more significant. Plus, the color and design on the book boxes made the frame – and the family photo in it – more of a focal piece in the shelves.

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4. Trays

I know we’ve talked about trays a lot lately on our blog – but I can’t stress enough how important they are in design. Wether used upright on an easel as a background, or laying on a surface with decor layered on top of them, trays are so important for grounding a grouping of decor and giving you boundaries to work within. This layered look is what makes decor feel homey and complete – rather than just random items sitting on a shelf or table.

In that same bookshelf, I used a metal tray (that you probably have seen on HGTV’s Fixer Upper!), layered with a rustic bowl and a potted fern. The tray helps the fern take up more space and seem more substantial. The layering makes it look the pieces were added over time, making it look homey.

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5. Extension cords

Just like easels, it is crucial to find the right extension cord so that you have the functionality without bright colors distracting from the star decor players. Find the best cord to blend in with your furniture, flooring, or wall color. If all else fails, cord covers can also help them blend in and not be an eye sore.

These cords with flat plugs are my favorite, and I always like to keep some on hand. Being able to push your furniture a few inches closer to the wall really can make a huge difference. I also find these best for floor outlets.


1 Comment on Friday Five :: Unspoken Players

  1. Angela
    March 28, 2015 at 6:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Love it all! Love the layering especially…. That is so hard for me, thanks for the ideas.