How to Style Decorative Objects

A conversation with our stylists

05 February 2021 -

Styling objects can be intimidating, and we know there’s a general conception that decorative objects are one of those unnecessary, flashy interior design things that are just for show.

We get it; it can be hard to wrap your head around investing in a sculptural object that has little or no meaning to you only to place it on your coffee table for the rest of its life. However, there’s something about objects that can pull a space together like nothing else can.

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It’s all about finding ways that feel authentic to make them work in your home. We sat down with our styling team to talk about how they collaborate with clients to bring both personal and sculptural objects into the home and why they can be the missing touch.

OBJECT STYLING 101

Our stylists use objects in almost every single room except the kitchen and bathrooms. You might not notice them in pictures or photo tours, but they are often one of the many ingredients in the entirety of a well-designed space.

“Objects make everything look done; they bring the feeling of completeness to a room and make it look like you thought about every moment in your home.” – Kristine Metcalf, lead stylist

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Here are a few tips on how to do it well:

MAKE IT PERSONAL

“It doesn’t have to be a sculptural piece. Objects can be as simple as a piece of driftwood you found on a beach vacation, find something that means something to you. and it will become a conversation starter.” – Kristine Metcalf, lead stylist

Tips For Styling Objects

MAKE IT FUNCTIONAL

“Objects that are both functional and can be styled when not in use are a good place to start. Try a pair of bookends, a pretty door stopper, or a paperweight that doubles as a decorative piece.” – Kristine Metcalf, lead stylist

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PRIORITIZE BALANCE

“We often use books to elevate objects, a stack of two or three on a coffee table or built in can add height and give the space balance.” – Jen Paul, stylist

“It’s important to break up the space, which is exactly what objects do. They bring an unusual element and create excitement.” – Danielle Munz, stylist

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The idea of decorative objects can be intimidating.

We’ve noticed there’s a general conception that objects are one of those unnecessary, “interior-designy” things that are just for show.

We get it; it can be hard to wrap your head around investing in a sculptural object that has little or no meaning to you, only to place it on your coffee table for the rest of its life.

However, we’re here to argue that decorative objects don’t have to be fussy, and sometimes, an object can pull a space together like nothing else can.

Here are a few tips from our styling team on how they style decorative objects:

Decorative Object Styling Tip No. 1: Don’t overthink it

The great thing about decorative objects is that they can be pretty fool-proof. A large, interesting sculptural object might be the only thing you need to instantly elevate an entryway vignette, and a smaller, decorative piece can effortlessly add dimension to your coffee table. 

"Objects easily make everything look done; they bring the feeling of completeness to a room and make it look like you thought about every moment in your home."

Kristine Metcalf, VP of creative

"It's important to break up the space in a vignette, which is exactly what objects do. They bring an unusual element and create excitement."

Danielle Munz, stylist

Decorative Object Styling Tip No. 2: Make it personal

If decorative or abstract pieces aren’t your thing, you can still get the finished look objects bring to your space by incorporating personal elements in unique ways. 

"An object used for styling can be as simple as a piece of driftwood you found on a beach vacation. Find a way to display something that means something to you, and it will become a conversation starter."

Kristine Metcalf, VP of creative.

Decorative Object Styling Tip No. 3: Find some balance

If you’re styling an object and something just feels off, try experimenting with how you’re balancing the visual weight in your vignette. Maybe you need to add a lamp to the other side of a console table to pull the look together or contrast the materials in a built-in to keep things from feeling too one-note. 

"We often use books to elevate objects, a stack of two or three on a coffee table or built-in can add height and give the space balance."

Jen Paul, stylist

Decorative Object Styling Tip No. 4: Merge function with form

If you’re short on space or you’re looking for something a little more practical, pretty everyday objects can be used as statement-making styling pieces, too. 

"Objects that are both functional and beautiful and can be styled when not in use are a good place to start. Try a pair of bookends, a pretty door stopper, or a paperweight that doubles as a decorative piece."

Kristine Metcalf, VP of creative

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05 February 2021