I couldn't agree more with Albertina over at Mimosa Lane Blog. Accessories are the finishing touch for any room. After the furniture is nestled in place and the floor plan looks like it is going to work for a crowd or for only one, adding favorite pieces is the fun part. Grouping similar colored jars and vases is a great place to start. It's also useful to have fun patterned containers like this pencil cup that does double duty as a place to store reading glasses.
You want your rooms to be functional and your accessories should not me,rely be fussy additions. Lighting is essential as are pillows so be sure you nail these down first. To avoid a tzchotzchke effect, keep your selection pared down and only use things that will create impact and drama. A tortoise shell box next to a lucite frame is so chic. Like wise art, whether something dreamed up by your child or an expensive painting, gives your room a personal touch. Books are perfect to fill empty shelves but what about a curvy ginger jar?
One of my favorite items for a generous sized coffee table-besides beautiful coffee table books- is a large, bold bowl. This one adds the splash of color my room needed.
Playing around with accessories is the only way you will know something works. Even experienced and seasoned decorators make mistakes.
Below a room by William McClure who groups blue porcelain and echoes taupes.