I know you have probably heard the saying, “It’s all in the details”! So true. Today I’m sharing my 10 “room makers”! These are accessories that have so much pop, pow, pizzazz and power they can literally change the look of a room. We are not talking about pieces of furniture or curtains or art! We are going to talk about smaller items that make a big decor difference!
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Let’s start our accessory must-have list with my very favorite…
Yes, they make the must have list every time I talk about a room. For the money, NOTHING can change the look of a room like some great pillows! I usually buy a few pillows that coordinate together for the biggest impact.
If your room looks a little tired, try adding a few new gorgeous pillows.
If you have not seen the latest PILLOW LOVE post about my favorite fall pillows for this year, you can find it HERE.
I am the self-proclaimed queen of vignettes! And I think almost every room should have one. A vignette is a small curated collection of objects that look interesting together tell a story of sorts.
Start with a basket or tray and build a captivating grouping in it.
A vignette is a smart way to add a layer of decor to your room! And so so easy!
Candles are not just for the dining room table and lanterns are not for outdoor use only. Group a trio or more of candlestick in varying heights together on a coffee table or entryway table. Top them with candles in creamy colors! Add an interesting lantern to a chest or the top of a hutch.
Candleglow adds instant drama! And every room can always use a bit of drama!
Be sure to light them or better yet, buy battery operated candles on timers so they glow every night without the worry of a flame.
A stool can add a bit of charm to a room. Small but powerful, stools are great accessories when upholstered or painted in unique ways. Here’s a great place for a bit of whimsy or a tad of leather or a bit of burlap. Tuck a stool into a corner or by a chair.
Think garden stools too. They can be spraypainted in any color to work with your decor!
Lamps are necessary accessories, but they can also be fabulous! Just because their purpose is adding light to a room doesn’t mean they should be boring! I tend to like big lamps that make a statement.
I think many home decorators keep lamps too long and don’t update them as often as they should. The same goes for lampshades. Maybe it’s not the lamp that looks a bit tired! Maybe the lampshade is out of date!
Shed a new and trendy light on your room… change out your lamps and lampshades!
Big or small plants literally breathe life into a room. Our eyes tend to search out living things like plants. I say use them judiciously though. Too many plants can make even the chicest room look a bit like a jungle!
And pay special attention to the container your plant is in! Make it work with your decor. And take care of your plant. It’s a real bummer when they look sick or straggly!
If you have a pillow on it then you can add a throw! A throw will add warmth and coziness and charm to a room. But only one throw per room, please!
Don’t just jumble up a throw. After you use it take care to drape it and even let a little bit of it or the fringe skim the ground. It makes a pretty picture!
This is my favorite way to change a room! Add a great throw rug. Layer a show stopper on top of the rug you already have. I adore a rug to be a bit of surprise!
Don’t be shy about rugs! And don’t be boring! Have a couple rugs in your home that people will leave talking about!
I think there should be at least one mirror in every room. Maybe not the kitchen, although if I had space I’d probably have one in there too! Mirrors add light and sparkle and space to a room. Not to mention design!!! They keep a room from looking closed in!
Again, go bigger! A small mirror on a wall looks sad and does nothing to enhance a room. If you have a small mirror think about adding a big empty frame around it. Wow, that will look amazing!
SOMETHING YOU LOVE THAT IS UNIQUE
If you find a great piece that you love, even if it is a bit quirky… display it. I think the best-decorated homes reflect their owners and take on their personalities! Using what you love makes a home feel comfortable and happy. And a happy home IS a beautiful home!
If you love burlap and chippy things add a few to your rooms. If you love gold and glitz add that too!
I have a pigs head above my kitchen cooktop and I love it! I’m happy every time I see “Earl”. Although cooking bacon under him makes me feel just a twinge of guilt.
Here are a few of my other favorite accessories:
- books, especially burlap covered books. See a tutorial HERE.
- small boxes
- unique vases
- decorative orbs
- large clocks
- big letters
- seasonal items
- small bowls
- fresh fruit
- large shells
- small objects d’art
- old silver
- small pictures
- decorative balls
It’s important to look at everything you have in a room and curate it. Add and edit, edit, edit! Only put those things in a room that will enhance it and you!!!! I hope some of these “room changers” will make a difference in your home!
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