Dollhouse accessories can be made from many items. Wall art can be a piece of jewelry such as a brooch. Or pictures or posters from Mod Podge magazine on a foam core and frame them. Turn Fimo into a piece of sculpture, worthy of standing on a pedestal in a MacMansion foyer. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
Coffee tables offer plenty of space for books, flowers, and decorative pieces. To keep items neat and visually pleasing, use trays to group similar items together, such as pottery and pillar candles. Try grouping candles of different sizes and colors on one tray and bowls or vases on another. Bring a stack of books to life by covering it with a container filled with found objects.
Personalize a shelf space using items that symbolize you and your interests. You’ll want one piece or element to dominate the grouping, with smaller elements supporting it. The theme can be anything that describes you. Just make sure you keep the elements in the same theme.
Adding flowers can provide a beautiful and colorful focal point to the space. Choose one large arrangement or several smaller potted arrangements to display organic items.
Complement a credenza with an eye-catching piece of wall art. It should actually hang 8 to 12 inches above the sideboard to form an eye-pleasing connection between items. So stick to the scale of your project. To complete the effect, make sure some of the accessories are tall enough to overlap the artwork, helping the artwork and accessories appear as one unit.
Using elements that are different will give your space interest and flow. But be careful not to create a hodgepodge of collectibles scattered around a room. The eye will not be able to focus, or enjoy, any element. Simplify what you collect. Stick with items that are a similar size or shade. Then bring your favorites together in one place for bigger impact, without the clutter.
Harmonize objects of different shapes and sizes with an asymmetrical arrangement. You’ll want to avoid elements that are all the same height or the same size and scale. Balance one tall, large object with several smaller ones. Arrange elements to increase the visual weight of the arrangement, and overlap shapes to create layers. Choose items from the same color palette to unify unrelated objects.
Keep your miniature cool with spinning accessories. Change the flowers on the coffee table frequently. If you have more than one interest that you can symbolize in a grouping, rotate that display on the mantle.
Make sure you have the “right” coffee table. This is mainly a problem in contemporary miniatures, where the idea is to represent life as we know it today, or a recent “yesterday”. Is the coffee table in a formal living room or a space where the kids will hang out doing homework while your husband watches a football game? The old maxim “function before form” will point you in the right direction on which type of table to select and how to customize it.