I’m so excited to kick off a new video series today. After lots of great feedback from the Styling Secrets Workshop I shared recently, I decided to film a series of styling tips. Instead of showing static pictures with my voiceover, I filmed a video demonstrating each of my top styling tips.
Home Styling 101
A free video series teaching you how to arrange your home decor.
This is a 12-part video series. To get all the videos and access to the Home Styling 101 Resource Library of checklists and cheat sheets sign up here.
In the Home Styling 101 video series, I’m going to teach you how to arrange your home décor and home accessories like a pro. Episode 1 is all about the five types of decor you need to follow along. (Hint: You already have everything you need. Watch the video and get your checklist so you can do your styling scavenger hunt now.)
The Minimum Decor You Need to Get Started
You don’t need to buy anything new, but I want you to recognize the five different types of accessories that I’m going to be referencing in the Home Styling 101 videos. In the first video I’ll tell you what they are, I’ll give you examples, and I’ll tell you why they’re important.
1. Something Vertical
The first type of home accessory you need for styling is something vertical. This is going to be the tallest item in your arrangements. In most cases, this is going to be a lamp, a tall vase, or a candlestick. You can use some other interesting items too like lanterns, a globe, or finials. This is what is going to give your arrangement height.
2. Something Horizontal
The second type of home accessory that you need for styling is something horizontal. These items are going to be the horizontal spread of your arrangement, so decorative trays, a stack of books, a stack of decorative boxes. These are the things that are going to lay flat on your surface.
3. Decorative Objects
You also need a variety of decorative objects to help break up the horizontal and vertical. This is also where a lot of the personality in your decorating is going to come from. As you can see here, some of my favorite decorative objects are decorative spheres, animal figurines, and interesting natural elements.
The next 2 types of home accessories are totally optional, but if you use them, they’re going to take your styling up a level.
4. Living Element
First is a living element. By living element, I mean plants, flowers, candles. Plants just add a lot of life and movement to any arrangement. You can use faux or real flowers. If you choose faux flowers, just make sure that they look realistic. Candles are another great living element for any arrangements. You just have to make sure you light them once in a while.
5. Layers and Leaners
The last type of accessory that you need for styling is a layer or a leaner. It sounds like a 2 for 1, but really we’re talking about layering both vertically and horizontally. Leaners are the things that you can hang on the wall behind your arrangements or lean on the surface and against the wall, like decorative plaques, framed pictures, canvas art, and anything that you can lean up against the wall.
Layers are the things that you can use on the horizontal surface. The most classic example is a rug, which defines a room but also adds color, pattern, and texture. These faux sheepskin rugs are great on the floor but also on an ottoman, under a tray, or in a chair. Some other layers include trays, which create separation between the surface and the decorative items on the tray, as well as decorative placements, table runners, and tablecloths that can add an extra layer under your decorative arrangements.
Now, for a quick review, the five types of accessories you need for home styling are something vertical, something horizontal, decorative objects, something living, and layers and leaners. Sign up to watch the video and see multiple examples of each type of decor.