I’ve had a few readers ask me for advice on how to accessorize end tables, console tables, dressers, etc. It’s definitely one of those things that’s easier to do than explain how and usually just takes some “playing” until it feels right. There are, of course, those “design rules” that are typically a good rule of thumb. . . Vary the height of your grouping, use an uneven number of items, etc.
And, there are some items that are usually a sure bet—a nice tray, a glass vase or container, a decorative box, books, etc. Those quirky, unexpected items are also great to mix in. It’s hard to go out and buy a group of accessories to make the perfect vignette. Instead, collect over time and pick up those little pieces that catch your eye. In other words, if you’re at Homegoods and spot a purple ceramic bird that makes you smile but you have nowhere to put it, buy it anyway. It might work perfectly on a stack of books. It ultimately comes down to how you mix it, and including pieces that have special meaning to you makes it even better.
Okay, enough words. Here are some good inspiration pictures for arranging vignettes on accent tables in your home. Think layers.