According to interior designer Marisa Smith, the type and placement of accessories in a room can make a big difference in the overall décor. Here are some tips to keep in mind when accessorizing a room:

  • Choose accessories that reflect your personal interest and taste.
  • Don’t overdo the number of accessories – especially pictures – so the room won’t seem cluttered.
  • Arrange photographs on a table so the back of the frame isn’t visible.

Watch the video above to find out more.


Danny Lipford: Now, what about selection of different things? It’s always unusual to me that, of course, candles always work well; but I guess it’s a lot to do with personality of the folks that live in the house. In terms of the different things that you may choose. How do you go about that?

Marisa Smith: Well, you want to find out what the homeowner really enjoys having around them. For example, this particular client loves to collect boxes. And these are boxes they’ve collected from around the world. You can see they’re old and they have character. So, something like this may not appeal to you in your house, if you’re not a box collector. So, it depends on what the person who lives here enjoys. Obviously, this client loves plants.

Danny Lipford: Right.

Marisa Smith: He has a green thumb, and they really enjoy having plants everywhere. Plants are an inexpensive and really great way to accessorize a room. And it cleans the oxygen, which is a nice bonus.

Danny Lipford: Yeah, absolutely. And you know, of course, family pictures are always great. I know various areas of the room. People can overdo that a lot though, too. You know, they start putting pictures and stacking one behind the other; and after a while that can really be a big, clutter place.

Marisa Smith: That’s true, that’s true. And the big thing with pictures in a space is you don’t ever want to see the back of the frame.

Danny Lipford: Right.

Marisa Smith: So, as you enter the room from either direction, make sure that wherever you’ve placed that picture, someone isn’t walking in looking at the back of it.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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