Rachel Winham Interiors



London-based interior designer, Rachel Winham shares her top tips on how to use accessories to best effect to finish a room. By Stevie King

Even with the most beautiful furnishings, to achieve a comfortable and homely look, carefully selected and positioned accessories are key. Scatter cushions, bedspreads, throws, and candles, add warmth and bring personality to a space. Rather than purchasing ad-hoc items however, a great way to mix functionality and style is to focus on accessorising the everyday needs of your home, incorporating similar colours used within the furnishings and artwork.

  • ‘Less is more’ is the mantra to apply when accessorising any space. Small items clustered together can look overly busy, so opt for medium to large-sized accessories, placing the tallest at the back and the smallest at the front. Group objects informally in odd numbers. Accessories placed together should always have elements in common – it could be colour, fabric or pattern. A plinth or a pedestal is also an ideal way to showcase a statement piece.


  • Accessorising isn’t just about smaller objects, you can also use larger items such an eye-catching chair or oversized rug. Mirrors are a great way of reflecting light. Placing a few statement mirrors in strategic places can instantly make a space feel brighter and more welcoming.


  • Incorporate beautiful, tactile textures that are inviting and comforting. Different textures placed together can create an interesting effect. Mixing treasured possessions with newly acquired accessories and investment pieces, adds interest and reflects the personality of the owner.


  • Dressing a dining table is one of our favourite design projects. Whether it’s a casual or formal setting, the same rules apply. Crockery that enhances the chosen room style teamed with cutlery in a complementary tone works well. Napkins and napkin rings, are a great way of adding colour, pattern and texture if you opt for plain dinnerware. Alternatively, if you’ve chosen a statement piece dinnerware collection, you can’t go wrong with crisp white linen napkins. Finally, the centrepiece, either floral or decorative, should be low enough not to obstruct the person in front of you.


  • Accessorising the outdoors is an often-overlooked style ‘to do’. Ideally you should use the same design principles and themes you've chosen for your interior scheme. Hurricane lamps are perfect for outdoor areas. Smaller versions with candles make striking table features, while fire pits and braziers add that little extra something by way of a cosy, relaxed ambience.


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