You need to start by finding a balance. In other words, you don't want your accessories to be dull and boring but you don't want to over-do-it either. Having too many things in one place can make the area appear cluttered and messy, which is not the statement you're trying to make. Size is also important. The items need to be in proportion with the size of the area where they will be displayed.
Arrange your accessories with harmony and contrast in mind. Harmony is placing items together that have something in common such as their color or style. Contrast is just the opposite. It is created by placing things that are different together such as, rough items being placed beside of something that's smooth. Every arrangement of accessories should have both harmony and contrast to give off the perfect balance and create the effect you're trying to achieve.
In order to receive the maximum effect, you need to layer your objects. It's recommended that you have a defining piece. This item needs to be taller and larger than some of the others in the arrangement and it should be place a little off center. The back layer should be taller than the defining piece, followed by a middle layer of medium size objects and finished off with the smallest items up front. This type of arrangement keeps the eye moving and the accessories interesting.
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