Having a comfortable living space is about so much more than the furniture you decide upon. A living room with only a sofa and chairs makes it seem like such a cold and impersonal environment, no matter how comfy that Chesterfield might be. Even the waiting area in your dentist's office has a little bit of flare.
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What's the best way to use decorative accessories in your home? The best way to answer this is to go over some of the most popular ways in which people use these accessories. Then, you need to determine which ones best fit you as an individual. If you're decorating or styling a room that you spend a great amount of time in, wouldn't you want it to be representative of your likes? Think of it as a way to allow your innermost personality to shine on the rooms you call home.
We've searched through scores of decorative accessories that are used to make living spaces fun, functional, and representative of the home owner's tastes. Continue reading to see what we have found to be popular in homes across the country.
1. Table Lamps
What's a room without a little bit of light? Often times, the overhead light in a living room or den can be way too bright and demanding for certain activities or moods. So why not try out table lamps? These great little illuminators fit nicely on end tables, side tables, or on their own dedicated pedestals.
While not a focal point of the room, these accessories serve the function of providing mood lighting or a light to read by.
Pair Of Industrial Lamps
Pair Of Contemporary Lamps
2. Floor Lamps
Need more lighting than the table lamps provide? Let your room glow with more illumination from a floor lamp. These can be strategically placed in different corners of your living area, or tucked behind your sofa.
3. Wall Sconces
Wall sconces are light fixtures that are attached to a wall. You've probably noticed how some folks have used these to give a small bit of illumination in larger rooms. Sometimes, they're used purely for decoration purposes only. No matter if you want yours to be functional or not, wall sconces are a great way to add some class and sophistication to your den or home library.
Some wall sconces are hard wired into the electrical wiring of your home. But if you're wanting to add wall sconces to a room and don't want the bother of getting an electrician involved, you have a couple of convenient options.
The sconces here are operated by LED lighting, powered from a battery. They are easily attached to any wall in pretty much any room in your home.
Other models can be plugged into a nearby electric socket, like this one here.
4. Statues And Sculptures
If you're wanting to add some unique visual art to your living space, maybe you should consider a decorative statue or sculpture. They come in all sizes imaginable. Some are small enough to adorn an end table or sit on a shelf, while others are large enough to take up an entire corner of the room.
The size and location of your statue will be the determining factor on whether or not it will serve as the room's focal point, or merely be an accent piece to complement the room's other features.
For a smaller statue suggestion, we found this one that would be perfect on a bookcase or wall shelf.
Consider a bust on a pedestal for your room. There are so many to choose from that you'll have no trouble finding one that reflects your interests.
If you want to add an accessory to your room that gives it a special touch, a fountain might fill that niche for you. An interior fountain can be of all shapes and sizes. Some are meant for table tops and run off battery power, while others are much more elaborate and require professional installation.
The one you pick should be based on the look you're going for, the space you have available, and your budget. Smaller tabletop fountains can be found for less than fifty dollars, while larger ones that need to be installed can cost thousands of dollars.
This tabletop fountain would also look great on a shelf or pedestal. Clearly, it's not meant to be the room's focal point, but acts as a piece that accentuates the aesthetic.
Focal Point Fountain
For a larger fountain that could be the focal point of the room, try out this hanging waterfall. It's hung on your wall like framed art or a mirror, and adds a relaxing sight and sounds to your living space.
6. Wall Art
We've covered smaller pieces of decor that adorn tables and shelves. But what should be done about all of the wall space? For this, we suggest considering framed art.
Unique prints can be purchased online or at local shops. Having them professionally framed will make your living space come alive with character. Size and placement will determine if this wall art is meant to be a focal point or an accent piece. For more help on this topic, check out this post: How To Choose Artwork For Living Room.
These framed, authentic geode stones would be a unique addition to your living room or study:
Mirrors are a decorative accessory that will not only add some style to your living space, but also make rooms appear much larger. They come in all shapes and sizes. While they serve obvious practical purposes, using mirrors to decorate can be a lot of fun, as there are countless styles to choose from. Like framed wall art, large mirrors can be a focal point for any room.
This mirror is thirty inches by thirty inches and would look great on the wall of a living room or entryway.
You can also get sets of smaller mirrors to accent other objects you've hung on the walls in the room.
8. Throw Pillows
A few throw pillows will not only accent the colors of your sofas and chairs, but they also serve as decor that will make you more comfortable. Pillows will come in a lot of sizes and shapes, but the most common ones are square.
Throw pillows are usually 16" x 16", 18" x 18", or 20" x 20". The covers you will discover for these pillows are seemingly endless, and you're sure to find a wide variety that will match your color scheme.
9. Potted Plants
Plants are not only great for decorative purposes but also substantially increase the air quality of your living space. They have some challenges, however. You'll need to be certain that the plant you choose will have enough natural light in the room, otherwise, it might not survive. They will need routine care, but keeping one thriving for years really doesn't take too much time out of your day.
Plants come in all kinds of varieties, as do the pots they are kept in. They can be placed on shelves, atop end tables and coffee tables, or set in corners of the room. No matter the size or species, plants add a great sense of life to any room they are placed in.
This mid-century style plant stand comes complete with a ceramic planter. It's perfect for larger species of plants and will look great in a corner near a window.
Plant Stand Set
For those who might want to enjoy multiple plants in their living space, this set of three metal plant stands makes for an excellent option.
10. Hanging Plants
If you'd like to decorate with plants, but have limited floor or shelf space, you can always hang plants from your ceiling. This is perfect for certain species of plants, as the height will give them plenty of room to grow downward.
To hang plants, you'll need to purchase a kit. Usually, these kits will contain everything you need, save for the plant and the dirt. The hooks in the kit are screwed into your ceiling. Just pay attention to the weight capacity of both the screw and the plant holder, as this does vary from style to style.
Vases are made to keep flowers fresh, but they also add some flair to your room. They come in every size and color imaginable. If you're fortunate, you might be able to purchase one from a local artisan. Like framed wall art, having a locally made pot or vase gives your living room a unique style that your guests won't be able to see anywhere else.
Some vases are large enough to be placed on the floor, while others are placed upon coffee tables, end tables, or shelving. No matter what size you choose, a vase will always give your room the accent you've been looking for.
This large vase would look great in the corner of your living space. This one is thirty inches tall.
Lastly, we'll feature clocks as decorative room features. Clocks clearly serve a practical function. However, they can also be great conversation pieces, as they are works of mechanical art. If you're wanting a timepiece that isn't traditional in appearance, you can find a clock that is made to look like just about anything, or you could purchase ones that are more abstract. No matter what the clock looks like, it will still be a piece of art that tells the correct time.
Some clocks are made to be hung on walls, while others are made to sit on tables or mantles. And let's not forget grandfather clocks, which are really just pieces of ornate furniture with a clock inside of them.
This grandfather clock not only tells the time, but it holds shelves for you to store books, smaller pieces of decor, or any other items you deem suitable.
Decorative Wall Clock
This elegant timepiece is meant to be hung on a wall. Its classic style would accent any antique furniture that you might have used to decorate your room.
As you now know, there are so many ways to accessorize your rooms! No matter which home decor accessories you choose, be sure you're using them to express your interests and tastes. It's your home, so make it be an extension of who you are. Let us know in the comment section below what your favorite piece of decor is.
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