Accessories have a direct impact on how we perceive a space. Sculptures, soft furnishings, books and art can transform a room and evoke emotions, and the large variety available can make it an intimidating selection. Hameed Hani from the interior design team at 5MM Design shares his practical advice for choosing decorative accessories for the most neglected areas of the home.
“Choosing home accessories should relate to how the space will be used, and what the client wants to achieve, whether that’s to make the space look bigger, add a sense of warmth or convey personality and tastes” says Hameed.
Entrances and Hallways
This is one of the most important spaces as it’s a guest’s first impression of your home, and sets the mood of their experience. “I’d recommend having one hero piece in your hallway, to leave an impression” Hameed says. “A large-scale item like sculpture or wall art, which is striking but proportionate to the space. Wall art is a great option in long, narrow hallways as it does not take up any floor space.” 5MM Design uses its Atlas Beetle Photography artwork in this Marble Arch residence, and it draws the viewer’s eye towards the end of the hallway.
“There are also several practical options for entrances,” Hameed continues. “Mirrors are an essential, as the reflections open up the hallway to appear larger, and are useful for checking your appearance before heading out. Console tables are also a popular choice, and combine a design statement with functionality. My recipe for styling the perfect entrance hall console table is a mirror and a decorative object which adds fun to the scheme and relates to other décor in the house. This could be done through materials used or motif. Finish it off with a candle or reed diffuser to add the sensory experience of fragrance, and a catch-all.”