Fundamentals of Art and Design 3(1+2)



Accessories are the elements that add charm, individuality and vitality to a home, which reflect a person's personality and quality of the home. Accessories have an important role in completing the decoration of the interiors be it home or office. Accessories are usually acquired over the years. Some of the accessories used in the home includes clocks, pictures, wall hangers, show pieces, lamps, mirrors, statues, collection of books, curios, murals, handicrafts, artifacts, earthenware, ceramic pots, flower arrangements and indoor plants. So, accessories can be defined as the objects used to decorate and define the purpose of the room, which also exhibits the taste, individuality and personality of the inmates. The right choice of accessories helps in the decorative idea of a room, making the room lively, gay and restful and stimulating in expressiveness of a theme, personality of the individual, aesthetically pleasing, functional and also a feeling of contentment.

Almost all accessories have some functional as well as aesthetic value, but usually a few articles are chosen which justify their choice by their beauty and mental stimulation. It is better to have a collection of accessories which differ in size, height, texture, color, and pattern.

An object meant as an accessory may also be a functional like that of a clock in a living room or a decorative lamp on the bed side. The accessories can either be purely decorative like art objects, antique implements, paintings and so on, or be functional like lamps, pillows, mirrors, flower containers and room dividers. Imagination, inspiration and good taste must go into the selection of accessories. Accessories in a room meet all the general objectives of fulfilling beauty, expressiveness, and functionalism and also over all wholesomeness in decorating a room.


Well organized interiors needs to be beautiful, contemporarily should also express the personality, taste and individuality of the family or the members. To achieve this fundamental objective the accessories do play a major role in not only enhancing the beauty, but also increases the potential productivity of the family members.


The accessories chosen may be selected for serving dual purposes of beauty as well as functionalism, for example, books kept in an organized way not only add a pleasing sight but also encourages the value for reading and knowledge thereby adding to the intellectual, spiritual as well as the emotional growth of the family members. Similarly, mirrors can also be decorative as well as functional.


Accessories should express the same idea as the home itself and should harmonize with it. The personality, hobbies, interest of the family member should reflect in the selection and arrangement of accessories, hobbies such as painting, stamp-collection, photography, etc. generally reflect the taste of the family members which further influence in the selection, arrangements and decoration of the home.

Line and form:

The accessories should conform to the general design feeling of the home. The style i.e be it Period, or modem furnishings, should include accessories having the same general line and form as the furniture. Deviations from the general style are more acceptable in accessories, provided an effective look is achieved.


Accessories often provide the brilliant color accents in a room. It is good to choose some accessories that have less compelling color than others and also should go with the color scheme. One or two bright colors in a smaller area can also serve as center of emphasis.

Accessories in any room should be at the center of interest. The secondary centres should have less important accessories or may have subdued effect to the main centre of emphasis. For ex: If flower arrangements are the accessories, it needs to be shown the right place and all other accessories must subordinate the same.

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