The term “accessory” in the context of interior
design refers to a non-essential, secondary, or additional object. It was
because the designers never gave much thought about where these
“non-essential” objects should be placed, and it was entirely up to
the client to decide how to organize them in the interior.
Accessories have taken on a new significance.
However, with the recent trend of preparing and constructing
everything, the designer and client spend a significant amount of time
choosing, ordering, and placing them. And, given their newfound meaning, it
would be appropriate to refer to them as contributory objects.
Accessories as Contributory items
Accessories are to the interior what stars are to night sky
or flowers are to the garden or shells to the beach. Without them, an interior
would be less of an interior as the picture of the night sky is not complete
without stars even though the moon and other planets are there.
Origin of Accessories
Incorporating accessories appears to be a subconscious and
automatic process. A child goes out and picks up a stone that he or she likes,
then brings it around, plays with it, and holds it in a niche. Later, it
remains there as an object rather than a toy.
After killing a bison, a Neanderthal hunter mounts the skeleton of the bison’s head in his cave as a trophy to symbolize his
strength. After years apart, a sailor reconnects with an old friend and is
presented with a small compass, which he proudly displays in his room as a
symbol of their friendship and serves as a gift.
A tourist travels to Agra, sees the Taj Mahal, and purchases
a marble replica of the Taj. Its show serves as a souvenir. A weaver spends his
vacation with a carpet weaver, who gives him a carpet. The weaver shows it
rather than using it, and it is considered a keepsake.
Dolls, bangles, and other items are given to a girl as
presents. She just shows and sees them now that she is no longer a teenager,
and they are her ornaments.
Many people receive numerous gifts during their careers, some
of which they only display, resulting in a bric-brac set. Some people collect
small, insignificant items such as pebbles and matchboxes and show them as
Difference Between Accessories And Collection
Now if all these activities are done seriously and
systematically, it will be known as “collecting”. The collection is usually
limited to only one item, like stamps, records, beer bottles; while an
accessory is a single item or a set of items.
Other Terms for Accessories
In the older days, accessories were not given importance, so
they were given names like bric-a-brac, knick-knacks, curiosities, oddities,
trophies, mementos, souvenirs, trifles, etc. Now we know that these, and so
many other items make accessories.
Types of Accessories
There are two types of accessories depending on their
Flower vase, fruit bowl, plant basket, lamp, wall clock,
paperweight, ashtray, salt, and shakers are only a few of the items available.
- Decorative Accessories
Paintings, sculptures, ceramic vases, dancing dolls and such
Uses Of Accessories
As we have seen, accessories whether utility or decorative,
nowadays are used with care and understanding as contributory items towards
- To Brighten The Atmosphere
Well placed plants, if arranged in a shabby interior
considering the size and shape of their leaves can fill the room with
A painting will instantly add elegance to a plain space.
An antique clock can evoke feelings of old-world charm.
Personalize the interior with an accessory that hints at
profession, hobby, or some other practice. For example, a ship that
represents a navy officer.
- To Create An Optical Illusion
According to the condition, the visual horizontally or vertically
can be increased or decreased with the help of accessories. Clay models placed
and disjointed vertically add to the vertically interior.
- To Balance The Color Scheme
If the wall is white or another light color, dark-colored
sculptures may help to complement the color scheme or vice versa.
An art deco poster indicate your preference for that
art movement, while a warli painting would indicate your preference for tribal
Accessories should be used with
An accessory, if not chosen
properly, may offer the impression of inconsistency in the design. The display
of whatever the client owns carelessly would result in a storeroom. An
accessory should be chosen with care and display with the same care.
These are the factors to remember when designing or
buying an accessory.
Unless specifically requested, it should not overpower
or appear irrelevant. An antique clock, for example, will not only overpower a
small interior but will overshadow other pieces of furniture. A chandelier can
make a tiny space seem even smaller and cozier. A large wall hanging in a small
space will make it seem cluttered and redundant.
It should be in keeping with the overall theme of the
room. A modern sculpture will look out of place in a Mughal interior.
Too many accessories create a
cluttered look, while too few create an empty look.
Using accessories to achieve
functional and visual compatibility is possible. They should also comply with the
fundamentals of interior design.
Small items should be placed at eye level for close-range
viewing, whereas larger items should be placed farther away for long-range
The color intensity should be proportional to the size
of the accessory. In simple terms, it means that a smaller object can afford to
be more colorful.
The selection of exceptional or
outstanding accessories is a continuous challenge.
If possible, the client’s personal or family
collections should be the first source. All that can be absorbed into the
interiors should be taken. It would save you a lot of time and money.
Antique and artifact shops or flea markets such as
Chor bazar and Oshiwara market may also be a good source. There are interesting
and historic items to be found there. Genuine and fake, all types of articles
are available and can be used effectively. If you buy an old rusted bras-bodied
compass from chor bazar, you can use it as is in a rustic interior, clean and
polish it to a high finish and integrate it into a European interior, or
chrome-plate it and use it in a modern interior.
Many Exhibitions are held for handicrafts, art,
painting, ceramics, and other such objects, and rare items can be bought there that
will increase in value over time.
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