How to Style Decorative Objects
A conversation with our stylists
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."
"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."
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."
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."
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.