How to Accessorize Like A Pro

When it comes to updating your interiors, there is a long list of available online how-tos, DIY’s, design dos and don’ts, and thousands of Pinterest pages to scroll through for helpful inspiration. However, if you find that you’ve exhausted all of those options, you’ve listlessly scrolled through pages and pages of google results and poured over interior design mags and you still got nothin? Don’t stress, crafting bespoke interior spaces is not always a simple undertaking! It takes professional interior designers years to acquire the skill set needed for tackling design projects. Redesigning the inside of your home can be super tricky, especially without any prior design knowledge or experience. So, we’ve crafted a list to help you out. It pretty much covers everything you need to know about accessorizing your home, no matter the size or budget you’re working with.

What’s The Point?

A lot of folks don’t quite understand the value of accessories- until they do. Accessories are meant to add artistic embellishments, character, color pops and personality to a home. They are the “stealth bomb” of interior decor. They aren’t intended to clutter, distract, or take up too much space. Accessorizing done right will be so carefully considered and chosen that these flourishes will leave an almost subliminal imprint on the beholder. The observer will begin to feel a certain way when walking into the room, yet they don’t know how or why, and they certainly don’t realize that every piece in the room has been thoughtfully curated to evoke that particular emotion. Accessories are intended to elicit a response and to do so silently.

How Do We Get There?

Now, actively employing these concepts is entirely different than understanding them. There is a lot to consider when making these design choices. First, you must ask yourself what kind of theme you aim to achieve. One aspect of accessorizing to remember is to stick with your chosen theme like glue. Don’t deviate from it! Employing too many themes and color schemes will unquestionably muddy your curation and will confuse your interiors. A lot of designers will curate their accessories in layers. They start with a first pass- adding the crucial and larger textiles and features (area rugs, accent furniture, and wall tapestries), then they’ll make a second pass, with smaller to medium-sized objects (adding art to the walls, colored pillows and throw blankets). Lastly, after giving the space some time to simmer, they will add in the last bits of embellishments and color pops to accentuate the existing elements (fruit bowls, books, vases, wall scones, etc). This layering effect will create depth and interest to the space and ensure that the room is not cluttered or thrown together without allowing for the necessary time to discern what should stay, and what should go.

The Heavy-hitters

While all of these artistic touches are super important and an integral part of any space curation, we haven’t yet gotten down to the framework of what makes a space fantastic. Perhaps the most important details about a home, are the ones that often go unnoticed. Doors, frames, lighting fixtures, mirrors, door handles, light switches are all super subliminal yet crucial aspects of a well-considered interior. Here is a list of some design features to integrate (or install) into your well-accessorized home:

  • Mirror closet doors (enjoy a two-in-one with this contemporary sliding door mirror design)
  • Intelligent lighting fixtures (choose to support local glass blowers, or lighting technicians and purchase inspired lighting fixtures from your local artisans)
  • Sliding closet doors, and bi-folding doors complete with minimalist handles and interesting accessories to update underappreciated features
  • Warm up the ambiance with interesting floor lamps that use softer amber lighting
  • Carefully consider door frames and wall trim to remain design (and color) consistent

Utilizing all of these tips and ideas for accessorizing, you’ll be well equipped to craft the beautiful interior space of your dreams in no time, and with little doubt! The Sliding Door Company has everything you’ll need to get started on your accessory-driven makeover. Visit Us Online to browse our online viewing catalog and Enjoy A Free Consultation from one of our team members to actualize your vision today!


The Best Closet Organization Hacks for 2018

From color-coding your shirts to installing glass closet doors, there are many ways to tidy up and beautify your closet. Here are some great closet organization hacks that will make your life easier and your bedroom prettier.

Start Somewhere, Anywhere

Your bedroom closet is the most personal storage space in your home. It’s where you put your wardrobe, your shoes, your accessories, and other intimate odds and ends. For many of us, it’s a mess.
Unless you’re one of the brave few who lives a minimalist lifestyle, your closet is probably overloaded with stuff—old jackets you haven’t worn in years, shoes you haven’t seen for months, shirts you didn’t know you had.
Managing the chaos can be challenging. How do you keep this little space-within-a-space nice and tidy? Simple. The first step is to start—it doesn’t matter where or how. The key to getting the job done is just to begin.

Select the Right Closet Doors

Custom closet doors come in all shapes and sizes. Which door is right for you depends on the layout of your room, your personal style, and how much stuff you have. Some of the most popular choices include:

  • Sliding closet doors save both space and effort by gliding smoothly along the wall instead of swinging outward like accordion doors. That makes it easy to organize your clothes as well as to access everything inside.
  • Mirror closet doors are a conventional choice since they serve a double purpose. Instead of having to squeeze both mirrors and closet doors into your bedroom, you get a two-in-one deal. That saves space and enhances the beauty of the room.
  • Glass closet doors provide a more modern, stylish take on the traditional sliding closet doors instead of mirrors or plywood. The best part is that you can stack them all to either side or in the middle with our Smart Track system and you can choose the type of glass from a large selection. We even have some that can double as a dry erase board for fun!

Opaque glass doors act more like conventional closets, offering full privacy and separation. Semi-transparent glass, on the other hand, gives the room a cleaner, more spacious feel, which adds a modern and stylish flair to any bedroom.

Organize Your Walk-In Closet

There is no “best way” to organize clothes in a closet. Everyone has a different approach Everyone has different needs. That being said, if you want to keep your things tidy, start with these walk-in closet organization ideas:

  • Stow away old winter apparel. There’s no reason those parkas and down jackets should take up valuable closet space after the frost melts and the flowers start to bloom. Stow them away to make room for warmer weather clothes.
  • Arrange your shoes. Your shoes need their own home. If you don’t have a built-in shoe organizer, buy one or create your own by using makeshift shelves.
  • Color-code and purpose-code your wardrobe. It’s a lot easier to find things when you can sort easily through the colors. If you do have separate areas in your closet, go ahead and put all the jackets in one section, the shirts in another, the pants in another, and so on. Then arrange them by color. That will make everything easy to find!

Do a Summer Clean

Spring cleaning may be a long-held tradition, but, let’s be honest, most of us are too busy enjoying the nice weather to worry about dusting the shelves or throwing out old winter clothes.
Actually, summer may be the best time to get organized. After all, why not ride out the heat in the comfort of an air-conditioned home and get some stuff done while you’re at it?
It doesn’t matter how you clean—whether you dust the shelves, vacuum the carpets, fold your clothes, or do all of the above. The point is that a little clean will make your room more livable and your life more comfortable.

Get Your Summer Clean On!

When you’re done tidying up, come back and check out our blog to get more tips and tricks for making your home safer, cleaner, and more beautiful.