Accessorising Your Home – My Top Tips

Using accessories to decorate is my favourite part of interiors. It’s amazing what these little touches (or ‘bits of tat’ as my husband calls them) can do to completely make a room as well as adding character.

I often get asked to blog about how I ‘put things together’ but unfortunately that isn’t something that can really be taught but I am going to try my best to show you my top tips for how I go about decorating. 

1. Consider using neutral paint colours (think white, cream, magnolia or my ultimate favourite Wilko’s ‘Coastline’ paint) as well as furniture. This is my no1 tip as it makes my ever changing/decorating obsession that bit easier. It also means that accessorising becomes a breeze as you can completely change a room for a fraction of the price compared to repainting & buying new furniture when you get itchy feet. For example, if you have a bright green sofa that you fall out of love with, it becomes expensive to completely replace compared to simply adding cushions on a brown or beige sofa to give it an entirely new look. It also means you can be bold with colours without it looking too over the top.

2. Be inspired by the weather outside! Use colourful accent pieces such as cushions or throws, these can be easily changed with the seasons (think burnt oranges & browns for Autumn or yellows & greens for Spring) or have a look at the latest trends in interior magazines. To see my Autumnal makeover click here.

3. Change existing items such as cushions or lamp shades simply by crafting. Try gluing or stitching buttons on for a completely different look. It’s amazing what you can do with existing items.

4. It’s all about textiles! Using fabric can completely change a rooms look. From draping a beautiful throw over the arm of your sofa, scattering cushions or replacing a rug. Pillows are definitely one of the easiest ways to transform a look as well as adding pattern or colour, they are also super easy to make yourself very cheaply, to see my window seat cushion makeover with a tutorial click here


5. “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris. 

LIVE BY THIS!! Don’t accessorise just for accessorising sake. If you don’t absolutely love something to the point of it making your heart skip a tiny little beat, then it’s not worth having. 

6. Flowers – nothing makes me happier than flowers. Fresh are obviously my preference however artificial offer a much more affordable option that will last a lifetime rather than a week. Also, if you love flowers that are rarely in season like tulips & peonies like me, then artificial is the only way to go. 


7. Start with something you LOVE then use it as inspiration. Found a rug that makes your hands sweaty? An ornament that increases your heart rate? A cushion that you simply can’t stop thinking about? Then make it a key focal point & chose other bits that complement it.

8. Use symmetry – I always find I buy things in multiples. Candle sticks, lamps, frames…you’ll usually find that 2 or more, especially on things such as mental pieces work really well. Also with this, it’s important to mix size/height to add interest when you see things displayed of varying levels. 

9. Set the mood with lighting. I will rarely use the main lights in each room as I find them too bright. I much prefer to use side lights along with candles & fairy lights (who said they are only for Christmas?!) to create a much calmer & softer ambiance. 

10. Less is more sometimes, especially with accessorising. I often see rooms which have so much ‘going on’ that it seems hectic & cluttered. Not only does it cost more to buy all this ‘stuff’ but it actually ends up looking quite cheap. Plus, imagine the dusting! 

Love, Charlotte x


  1. January 11, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Great post, your home looks so nice. My hallway and sunroom are magnolia and not really sure how to accessorize. I have tried to introduce some nature inspired items into my hall so it's beginning to take shape as for my sunroom I wasn't sure what to do with it… Might take some inspiration from you now 🙂 Thanks…

    All things nice…

  2. January 12, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    I have been following your instagram for a while but only just realised you have a blog too! I am totally blown away and I want everything in your house haha.

    Going to have a good old blog stalk I think!!

  3. January 13, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    I love your house it looks warm,inviting and cosy.I have taken some inspiration from you and bought some things for the home to add those finishing touches, thank you for inspiring me….

    From lee-Ann

  4. January 18, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    Definitely bring the outside indoors…although it's currently freezing & raining here (not snowing like some areas unfortunately) so maybe not right now 🙂 x

  5. January 18, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    Ahh thank you so much Charlotte (great name by the way!). Make sure you subscribe on bloglovin if you have it 🙂 x

  6. January 18, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    Thanks lovely – i'm a pretty bad influence when it comes to peoples bank balances but so glad you like the blog! x