Tips For Styling Decorative Objects
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Tips For Styling 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:

Tips For Styling Decorative Objects
Tips For Styling 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
Tips For Styling Decorative Objects
Tips For Styling Decorative Objects

"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
Tips For Styling Decorative Objects
Tips For Styling Decorative Objects

Statement sculptural objects

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Linked Wood Object
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Soapstone Puzzle Figurine
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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.
Tips For Styling Decorative Objects
Tips For Styling Decorative Objects
Tips For Styling Decorative Objects

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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. 

Tips For Styling Decorative Objects

"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
Tips For Styling Decorative Objects
Tips For Styling Decorative Objects
Tips For Styling Decorative Objects

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
Tips For Styling Decorative Objects
Tips For Styling Decorative Objects
Tips For Styling Decorative Objects

Functional form

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Stone & Iron Door Stop
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