Whats the difference between clutter and styling?

Whats the difference between clutter and styling?

I’m forever going to my friend’s homes and rearranging their all their bookshelves while they cook dinner (they don’t ask me to, I am an interior designer who just cant help myself!) and the response is inevitably “I had no idea my stuff could look that good!” It is not a secret…here are my top three tips for turning your clutter into stylish arrangements
1. Group common objects – ideally they will be related in type i.e. vases, style i.e. tribal or color and that will make many multiple things work as one larger thing
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2. Gather small things together on top of book or in a tray – lots of small things all in a row are horrible, but objects clustered together create tension between them and appear to the eye as one larger thing. Space too far apart and you just get clutter.
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3. Balance – if you have lots of small things on a shelf or console table, balance that against one larger thing on the other side, as if weighing on scales. This works for art on a wall as well.
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4. Stack it! – Its is the interior designers favorite tactic, why spread everything around in a mess when you can create artful little stacks? Neat and chic.
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