Home Accessories That Add a Stylish Finishing Touch
Accessories give a room its personality. These are the details that give off the energy of a room; tell you about the people who live there, and give you a sense of how you should feel when you step inside. For example, if you use a potted palm in the room, it might give off a sense of relaxation since it may evoke a warm, tropical location. Meanwhile, hanging a framed concert poster tells your guests that you have an appreciation for music.
There is absolutely no rule that says your accessories cannot be an eclectic mix; one that makes you think and feels a few different ways at once. You just want that room to feel inviting and lived-in.
From plants to objects and art to lighting, take a look at the most important accessories and tips for arranging them in every room of your home.
Home Accessories That Add a Stylish Finishing Touch
1-Bring in Plants and Flowers to Add Life and Energy
Plants in the home have become a huge design trend again. People crave bringing a bit of the outside in, from a stately tree to tiny succulents and lush arrangements of flowers.
If you take a look at this online tour of an apartment in New York City; it is amazing to see how a cactus, a fiddle leaf fig tree, and other small plants make you feel completely transported. This room brings you the feeling of a zen New Mexico instead of a harried and bustling New York.
In your own home, plants and flowers can be arranged and clustered or spread out throughout rooms. Not only do they look nice and add a pop of color, but they also help purify the air and can make you feel happier.
When getting started, make sure you understand how much light these rooms get, and shop for plants accordingly. You do not want them to wither and die before you really get to enjoy them and see how they grow.
2-Create (or Temper) Drama With Window Treatments
Window treatments play a big role in the mood of a room. Floor-to-ceiling curtains create drama and a sense of grandeur, meanwhile, something like these bamboo blinds can filter daylight in a really calming way. Likewise, window treatments can either add a pop of color or pattern or become a focal point in a room, or fade into the background; letting your other furniture and accessories take center stage.
For privacy, for light filtration, or just for looks window treatments are one of those room accessories that really help a room feel “finished.”
3-Set The Mood With Lamps and Lighting
In this warm, cozy bedroom from French & French Interiors, it is easy to see how lighting plays an important role. From floor lamps and table lamps to sconces and statement-making pendants and chandeliers; lights set the mood in every room.
Consider dimmers and lamps in rooms where you want to create a warmer, cozier feeling, and track lighting in spaces where you want the room to feel bright and open all year long. From a design perspective, do not be afraid to have some fun. Lampshades can be changed, and chandeliers and pendant lights can completely change the energy in a room.
4-Add Area Rugs for Depth and Warmth
Hardwood floors are nice but are often overlooked. A really cool area rug can even make the floor feel like the focal point. And, if you do not have dazzling hardwood floors, area rugs are the perfect way to mask less-than-perfect flooring and take control of the warmth factor in any room. Rugs can also add depth; your eye will naturally follow the color or pattern to the end. They are also a great way to add maturity to any room especially in your first place when you are just starting to get your feel for your sense of style and decor preferences.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to rugs, but much like window treatments; they can serve as a focal point or as a soft background feature that allows other room elements to shine.
The area rug in this nursery draws all the elements of the room together and makes it feel a bit cozier.
5-Hang Art and Gather Objects
Often when decorating a space, we feel rushed to make sure it gets “finished.” But the truth is, making a room or a home feel like home, can take time. So when it comes to adding those special little touches, do not be afraid to decorate slowly. Take care and time to gather unique and interesting objects, and experiment by moving them around the house to see where they feel best.
This applies to hanging art, too—let that process happen naturally and you will be happier with the results. Take a look at this room, which feels like a collection of personal pieces instead of an Ikea showroom.
6-Select a Statement Piece
In this room, her pink velvet couch is the statement piece. It stands apart from the airy, white interior in a big way. In your own home, you might choose to make a piece of furniture your statement piece, or it could be your carefully chosen, large indoor plant, or a big piece of art hung on the wall. A statement piece helps to anchor the room and can give you a center point around which all your other decor choices can be based.
7-Embrace A Mix of Textures
Mix textures in every room. In this example, soft cashmere throws paired with a supple worn-in leather armchair might bring visual interest next to a raw wooden crate topped with a sleek mid-century modern lamp.
There is really no limit to how you can combine and play with textures in your home; hard and soft, rough and smooth, you get the idea. Rugs are a part of this, as are furniture and accessories—they all work together to create depth, interest, contrast, and personality.
Simple Tips for Decorating With Accessories
It’s amazing how small decorative items and accessories can make a huge impact in a room. Designers know the influence that rugs, lighting, throw pillows, art, and other accessories can have in a space and know how to use them wisely.
Unfortunately, accessories and small decor can also break a space. Decorative items are the most inexpensive way to freshen or add a new look to a room, but if a decorator is not careful; these items can quickly overtake the home.
These simple tips for choosing, combining, and decorating with accessories can help you pull together your room like a pro and avoid the common mistakes many home dwellers make with their decor.
Choose Quality Over Quantity
Mass-produced items are inexpensive and readily available at your local home goods store, but is that really what you want to fill your home (and your life) with? When it comes to room accessories, less is often more. One unique piece may work better in your space than loads of tiny knickknacks that have no value beyond price.
Choose Accessories That Are the Correct Proportion
You’ve seen homes where dwellers have mistakenly chosen a postage-stamp rug in a coliseum-sized room. And those awkward walls where the too-large piece of art are crammed into a too-small space. Before choosing and/or placing accessories, take the time to study scale and proportion and what fits best in your space. Scale and proportion are what help create a comfortable home and don’t cost a dime.
Combine Textures and Colors
Neutrals are great in large furnishings and permanent fixtures, but inexpensive accessories are perfect to really break out with pops of color and varying textures. Accessories can and should be used to add visual interest and contrast in space, and accessories can easily and inexpensively be altered or exchanged to fit changing moods, styles, or seasons.
Consider Asymmetrical Arrangements
Mantles are commonly decorated with a mirror or art in the center, flanked by a candle or vase on each side. But this type of symmetrical arrangement can induce a snooze fest in a room more quickly than one of Grandpa Larry’s “stories.” When arranging accessories, try going for balance instead of symmetry and group smaller items in odd numbers, such as in threes or fives.
Add Accessories in Layers
Think of accessories as decorations on a cake. Large accessories should be placed first and sparingly, with medium- and small-sized accessories filling in and adding balance where needed. Several small accessories can give the “feel” of a large item when grouped, but don’t forget to leave some breathing room. Not every nook and cranny in a room needs to be filled with decor.
Home Accessory Ideas
Below is listed a very small sampling of home decor items that you can choose from to accessorize and enhance your home. Remember to mix colors, layers, and textures by choosing pieces of varying heights, widths, and styles. For additional contrast, mix vintage items with new ones. Just remember, if you don’t absolutely love it, leave it sitting on the store shelf. Accessories are like trains: another one will always come along.
- Lightings such as the floor, table, and pendant lamps
- Baskets and bins
- Books and magazines
- Vases and other glassware
- Candles and candle holders
- Natural elements such as flowers, seashells, twigs, and pinecones
- Mirrors, art, and photos
- Rugs and doormats
- Pillows, cushions, and throws
- Themed or specialty collections
- Birdcages and other hanging decors
Must-Have Decorating Accessories
Items that should be in every single home
Decorating is a very personal exercise (or at least it should be). You decide what items go into your home, from the furniture to the rugs, to the lights, to the accessories—it’s totally up to you. But even though you’re free to decorate with whatever you want, there are a few essential items every home should have. Having these items in your home will ensure that no matter what the style it will always look its best.
Statement Lighting Home Accessories
Every home needs at least one great light. It could be a statement chandelier, a sculptural table lamp, a modern floor lamp, or a great sconce. A unique, statement piece will be a super conversation starter and will add some wow factor to the room.
A Tray Home Accessories
Trays are great for a couple of reasons. The first is that they’re great for carrying multiple items at the same time but even better than that, they can be used to corral accessories on a table surface and lend a sense of organization to decorative vignettes. When multiple items are placed on a tray they instantly look better. And trays are also decorative accessories in their own right so find something in a style and color you like.
Something Vintage Home Accessories
Every home (in some cases every room) needs to have something vintage. It could be a piece of furniture, a decorative accessory, a piece of fabric framed and hung on the wall—anything. Vintage pieces add a sense of history and character that can’t be found with new items.
We live in an age where books are becoming less common, but when it comes to decorating books are as important as they’ve ever been. Having books in a room (coffee table books in particular) is great for a few reasons—they’re great for filling empty shelves; they’re super for including in coffee table displays when you need a little height, and they’re great for flipping through when you or your guests are bored. Beautiful books are just that—beautiful, and every room should have at least a few.
Window Treatments Home Accessories
Empty windows are cold and impersonal. Put some sort of window treatment, whether it’s drapes, blinds, or shutters, on every single window in your home. There are tons of options and what you choose should be based on personal style, the style of the room, the shape of the window, and the amount of privacy you desire.
A Bench or Ottoman
A bench or ottoman is a great piece of furniture to have on hand in case you ever need extra seating. They’re very versatile and can go in many different places such as in an entryway, at the foot of a bed, as part of a living room furniture arrangement, in a dining room, or even in a hallway. To get the most out of an ottoman or bench consider one with hidden storage—particularly in an entryway where you can store bags, hats, shoes, and the like.
Personal Art Home Accessories
Hanging art on the wall is a great way to add personality and character to a living space. It’s even better if it’s not the kind that’s mass-produced and sold in big box stores. The term “personal art” means it’s something unique to you (and no, it doesn’t mean you have to have any artistic talent). It could be personal photos framed and hung on the wall, something made by you or a loved one; a wall hanging purchased on a vacation, or something else personal and meaningful. The idea is that it’s something you won’t find in anyone else’s home.