Accessories to Decorate Your Home |
by Barbara Jennings
complimenting your newly painted walls with soft furnishings and effective
flooring, home decor accessories in a room are just as equally important.
Accessories ranging from flowers in a contemporary vase to art pictures
hanging on your walls, all add the finishing touches to any room. Above all,
accessories add personality to a room, they inject your own personal touch
making your home unique to you and comfortable and inviting for you and your
Decorating with Art Pictures
You will be surprised
at the important role that art pictures play in home decor accessories. Not
only do pictures add your own personality into the room, they absorb noise
and can actually help change the illusion of a rooms' shape if placed in the
right places. For example:
· horizontal landscape
pictures help widen a room;
· portrait floral
pictures help give the illusion of height; and
· one large picture
reflected through a mirror gives the sensation of additional broader space.
Creating Art Arrangements:-
For a maximum effect and to
make interesting wall arrangements that can become a dynamic focal point of
the room, try to hang smaller pictures in a cluster.
If you hang an
even number of smaller prints tightly together in a cluster, this will help
balance out a large space and give a window effect in a small space.
Remember to hang the prints together tightly to create one unit and one focal
For larger pictures, place them in proportion to the furniture.
For example, hang a large picture approximately six to nine inches above
a sofa or at eye level. By hanging a larger print too high above any piece
of furniture can leave both pieces feeling disconnected.
Before hanging any art on a wall, try different
combinations of arrangements.
Use painter's tape and brown paper bags and
keep rearranging the bits of paper on the wall until you have come up with
a great picture arrangement.
Always hang prints at eye level and use
your hand in between pictures >as a guide to space large and medium sized
Create Illusions with Mirrors
Mirrors are great
to help create the illusion of space. By cleverly placing mirrors on an
adjacent wall to a picture or something that is interesting in your room,
will reflect the image and add a sense of space.
For darker rooms,
hang a decorative mirror near a window. The light will then bounce off the
mirror into the room portraying more natural much-needed light back into the
To give the illusion of depth in a room paint one of your walls in
a darker contrasting color to your other walls. Then hang a mirror on
that darker wall. This instantly gives the additional sense of depth to
the dimensions of the room.
Lighten-up with Light
Light fittings are one of the most important elements of
home decor accessories as they set the ambience of the room. By using
different types of lighting you can create different moods on different
areas of the room, at different times of the day.
· accent lighting such as a spot light is used to emphasize
wall paintings, ornaments or other interesting areas in a room;
soft lighting used by small wall light fittings or table lamps,
a gentle romantic mood;
· general lighting such as a ceiling center
light, strip light or bright wall lamps are used for everyday purposes.
Tip: use a dimmer switch to create different moods with your
Adding Color with Flowers & Plants
flowers are always a wonderful accessory in a home. They are easy to blend
in with any rooms accent and you can swap and change the color, type of
flower and position at any time. They are such an easy and adaptable
accessory to have. If you are allergic to flowers, try silk flowers instead
- sometimes it is hard to distinguish between real flowers and silk
By placing plants throughout your home helps add natural color,
texture, and also softens the area making it more appealing to spend time
there. Don't forget to use attractive plant pots and containers for your
plants - they are a home decor accessory too!
Area Rugs and
Area rugs add warmth and texture to a
room. They help soften wooden or hard floors and add contrasting colors and
patterns into the room.
First you must determine what you want the rug
for - is it a focal point? or do you want to group furniture on it?
Secondly, you must measure what size rug you need before you go
By using other types of textile home
decor accessories, you can create additional comfort and softness in
· scatter cushions made with different types of material;
· throws on your sofa or lounge chair;
· napkins, place mats and
tablecloths in the dining room or kitchen.
decor accessories play a crucial part in your home decorating. Even if you
don't need to repaint your walls, you can still change the look of your
room. By rearranging furniture and wall pictures, adding soft light
fixtures, flower arrangements and plants, the placement of an area rug and
using different textiles in a room, all help create a new look to reflect you
and your personality.