After a long year of lockdowns and maybe working from home, you have probably started looking around your space and finding yourself craving change.
For 2021, a growing design trend reflects the desires of those embracing bolder expression and a need for comfortable, sustainable living.
Does your home reflect who you are and the things that matter to you? Do you feel that you have a space you can truly relax and recharge in? If not, using accent pieces could be your best starting point to developing a style that is uniquely you.
Read on for tips on how to use and style five types of accent pieces in your home.
Wall Accent Pieces
For the ultimate personalization of your home, a gallery wall is a timeless favorite. You can highlight personal photographs and favorite artworks in carefully arranged patterns.
Yet, we often overlook all the possibilities to demonstrate who we are using this unique room accent idea. Think of your favorite colors, finishes, and thoughts on an organization when putting together your gallery wall.
Arranging matching frames in perfectly spaced rows gives visitors insight into your personality. (You like things neat, right?) Likewise, mixing colors, finishes, and frame sizes reflects your unique attributes: someone who’s more creative.
You can use a gallery wall for self-expression. Throw out any design rules that don’t feel right to you. Mix it up with decorative elements that reflect some of the activities going on in the photos.
If you find arranging frames a daunting task, use an online layout generator or framing service to see your pieces in place and play with different arrangements. You can go all monochrome or mix and match frames for a distinctive look.
Accent Furniture Pieces
Let’s have a chat about chairs.
Pre-pandemic, you might not have thought much about creating space for guests. And with the US getting back to normal, hopefully, you will never have to think about spacing out seating to fit recommended safety guidelines again!
Many of us find that we like the privacy of sitting in a single-seater chair rather than sharing a sofa.
Have you found yourself longing for comfortable chairs as accent pieces that encourage conversation? Styles such as these swivel accent chairs are in demand by consumers seeking a return to 19th-century parlor-style visits with a modern twist.
As with any accent piece, the chairs you choose should reflect the level of comfort you want to provide for guests. They should also reflect your personal style, so carefully consider arm styles and fabric textures.
Lighting can be so much fun and offers you a chance to really share your interests. Look for lighting at specialty stores or find a vintage piece that can be rewired.
Accent lighting is also crucial in setting the mood of your space. Find unique lights to use as accent pieces for the bedroom or living room. You may want a softer look in the bedroom, whereas accent pieces used in the living room need directional lighting.
When choosing to light, consider where you want the light to shine and the brightness level.
Pendant lighting is a great way to highlight areas, though they are usually installed in rows. Experiment with different finishes and sizes, and arrange them in a manner that reflects your creativity.
When selecting table lamps, consider how you will use them. Do you prefer that they remain stationary, or would adjustable, directional lighting be more helpful for you? Either way, choose accent lighting that reflects your needs and the mood you’re looking to create in a room.
Just about any object can be converted into a lamp. Keep this in mind when personalizing your home’s interior design. If you can’t find what you like, repurpose a treasured object into a light fixture.
Though you may be envisioning statues of nudes in fine art galleries or museums (and that’s great if that’s your jam), do not limit yourself to traditional sculptural accents. Not when there are so many unique sculptural home accent pieces out there to choose from!
Many sculptural accent pieces are mass-produced, from plant stands and bookends to mirrors and even more traditional statues. While you might have luck finding pieces that reflect your style preferences in department stores, you could also consider visiting local pottery, art, or craft studios. The craftspeople that run them will take your design ideas and create a sculpture that’s just for you.
Aside from personality, sculptures can also reflect your taste in finishes. Gold accent pieces can hint at a flair for the dramatic. Unglazed stone gives a casual, earthy feel.
When people visit your home, give them a taste of the activities you find enjoyable. Whether it’s a feature wall adorned with vintage garden tools or musical artworks placed discreetly in nooks, try to find ways to share what brings you joy.
Pull your accent decor together with colors, shapes, or finishes that repeat subtly throughout your home.
Most of us enjoy more than one type of activity. Having an element that repeats itself allows you to display different passions without it all becoming too chaotic.
Accent Pieces That Reflect You
Whether you are just bored with your home decor or have been dreaming of ways to create a retreat that embodies all the things you love, accent pieces offer opportunities to personalize without breaking the bank.
For more stylish ideas for your home, head back to our blog. You’re guaranteed to find something fresh to help you make your space a genuinely personalized retreat.