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Banke Ajagunna: How Do You Accessorise Your Living Space?



“The most successful interiors are put together by people who surround themselves with objects that bring them joy.” – Nate Berkus

We all know accessories make or break a space, yes, it has that much power. The way you accessorize a place speaks a lot about you. By going into a room, people can immediately tell your taste, knowledge, personality, style, sense of space, exposure, experiences, your mindset, what resonates with you (and this is not even close to being exhaustive), because these factors come to play in the way you interpret your design.

Accessories are those little (or not so little) design elements that accentuate a space. They vary in size and form, but ultimately serve as the finishing notes on any design layout. The act in itself should be deliberate, serving as complementary elements or better still, room enhancers.

They could include plants, throw pillows, lamps, side stools, mirrors, bedroom canopies, vignettes, ottomans, candles, magazines, area rugs and of course art! Did I mention that wall art is the holy grail of accessorizing? Not only do they express personality and style, but they also add character to any space. When selected thoughtfully, it (or ‘they’, if you are using multiple) could be all sufficient by itself.

I like to even think air fresheners are also a perfect fit, because they leave your room smelling fresh. Imagine having a beautiful, well put together space that smells horrible. Nobody would want to sit there for another second no matter how good your place looks.

Dare I say it, but I think air fresheners should be considered as accessories. Luckily, some manufacturers make very pretty bottles/cases so that it fits perfectly into your overall aesthetic of a place.

By now, you should have come to the conclusion that interior design plays with 3 of our sensory organs: The eyes to visualize and appreciate the beauty in your design, skin to feel the texture and comfort of the materials used and lastly, the nose to take in the beautiful scents of any space.

Although your initial space setup sets the tone for the kind of finishes to infuse into your space, more often than not, interior designers have seen that accessories can also help correct initial design error(s) and take on a life of its own.

Some noteworthy things to bear in mind when thinking of accessorising are: scale and proportion, budget, creating clusters, and having a focal point.

Measuring and laying out the room in advance can save you a whole lot of headache. It is important that you set aside a workable budget before you embark on this creative journey, so you don’t run out of money and enthusiasm. When you create clusters by balancing out items, it allows for visual appeal and lasting impact in the eyes of the beholder.

“The devil is in the details.”
Last but not the least, create an eye-catching focal point. It’s super easy to point out the focal point in a space; if you don’t have one, you can create it by strategically placing a distinct and eclectic object there. It could be a hefty clock or a gigantic artwork; whatever rocks your boat.

Design hack
You can create a long lasting impression with your design by echoing your own character in your accessories. Blown out pictures of loved ones, items from your childhood, sea shells neatly arranged in a glass bowl and souvenirs from travels are just some ideas to consider.

Now how are you going to accessorise your space?

Photo Credit: Mykola Kravchenko | Dreamtime | Breadmaker |  |  Mariapogony

Banke Ajagunna is the Lead Interior Designer at with a previous work background in the Nigerian technology ecosystem. Banke's design style is Modern and Contemporary with Scandanavian fusion and executes project with a keen eye for detail. View more details about her work at


  1. Dami

    August 21, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Interesting piece! really eye-opening!

  2. Ephi

    August 21, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Throw pillows do it for me particularly as you can change the covers to different colours to switch things up from time to time.

    I don’t like air fresheners as I think they tend to be overpowering, I would rather use reed diffusers, more subtle.

  3. Funmi

    August 22, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Awesome article! Now I look at designing my home differently. If I were to accessorise my space, I’ll have a bit of art displayed at strategic points in my living space, scented candles to give a fresh feel to the air and an antique lamp that speaks classy and history all in one.

  4. Emma

    August 22, 2017 at 10:30 am

    These are such great tips! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Pretty eyes

    August 22, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I really need to decorate my living room. This is my first time. I have never done it. My hubby used to do it. but we just moved houses and he is not interested, I am so scared i don’t even know why.

    I want a beautify space with not so much decoration but well coordinated pieces that show class. I have an idea of what i want but i am so scared of messing it up.

    I have being visiting int. decoration shops but the more i see the more scared I get so i just walk away thinking i will still check around.

    I dont even understand this my feeling but its so real I never imagined anyone would feel this way over decoration esp as my hubby cant even be bothered.

  6. Benita

    August 22, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Love the idea of plants and art

  7. Frank

    August 22, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I love this. I wonder how we could use accessories in our office to make it more awesome as well. Maybe can help :-)?!

  8. Uche

    August 27, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Very insightful article..

  9. Nathan

    August 28, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Beautiful article. Another way to create a focal point especially in your dining area which is a place we sometimes neglect is to do a gallery walls. Wall/picture frames arranged in a display pattern of your choice creates a unique, personal touch to your space.

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