Accessories are the icing on the cake. It is the fun part of decorating a room and can be equated to dressing yourself. Once you have selected your dress (sofa, chairs, tables) you then select the shoes, the belt and the jewelry (lamps, artwork, table top items). It is what completes the look of your room or of yourself. If you think of it this way it becomes easier and less daunting. You can think in terms of color or no color like the picture to the left. The other things in the room help dictate your choices as do the style and the period. As mentioned in previous posts, also think about the scale and the balance. Once you have thought it through it becomes childplay and lots of fun.