Whether you own your home or apartment or lease it, you still want it to have a certain level of style and charm. You want it to serve as an expression of your individual taste, your worldly experiences and your honed sense of self. You also want it to be as practical as possible for entertaining and living purposes. With so many objectives, it can be difficult to nail down a specific look and feel for your spaces. What furniture do you need? What can you skip? Which pieces are critical to tying your rooms together and which are actually taking away from your overall aesthetic? Let’s explore the answers to these questions.
1. Interesting Wall Art
This is one of those categories that is so vague because truly, the kind of wall art you hang is a personal decision. Keep in mind that how you decorate your walls can set the tone for the entire room, so it’s important to think a while before drilling any holes and buying mounting hardware. Some people choose to use art that is meaningful to them or that represents a family moment. For instance, you may choose to hang your children’s portraits in the stairway or include a framed picture of your wedding vows in the living room.
Others lean more toward botanical prints or ones of nature scenes. Before making the decision, consider what you love and how you could translate that adoration into your wall decor. If you’re an avid gardener, for instance, you might love a framed set of vegetable drawings in your kitchen. Allow your interests, hobbies and creativity to shine through and you can’t go wrong.
2. Beautiful Rugs
Rugs might be underfoot, but they are definitely not out of mind. A gorgeous rug can add instant glam to a space, give tons of needed dimension to a room and tie contrasting colors together effortlessly. If you’re going to invest in one premium piece for a room, many interior design experts would argue that a rug would be it. Think about it: You sit, stand, lie on and walk upon your floors every single day. You play on them, dance on them and make memories on them. Why not spruce them up a little with a soft and stylish rug that fits your personality?
The good news is there are plenty of shapes, sizes, colors and patterns of rugs to fit any decor taste. If you’re having a difficult time making a decision among all of the options, you can consult a designer to help add that perfect flooring touch to your interior. Be careful not to toss those antique Persian rugs you inherited from your grandmother or the rag rugs that graced the threshold of your childhood home. While older rugs should be regularly cleaned and maintained, most never go out of style and can add a trendy touch of rustic charm to your home.
3. Personal Knick-Knacks
Anyone can build and decorate a house. It takes a personal touch to turn it into a home. To this end, don’t be afraid to display your personal collections, knick-knacks and any other treasures you’ve amassed over the years. If you’ve been picking up pieces of vintage Fiestaware at yard sales over the years, stack those colorful dinner plates on an open shelf on your kitchen to show them off. If you have a penchant for cats and are proud of your feline-inspired clock collection, allow it to take up residence in your living room. At the end of the day, while home design magazines might give us the impression that a stark and minimalist room is best, your home shines when you allow your passions to show through within it.
4. Simple Houseplants
You don’t need to grow a garden in your kitchen. Nor do you need to bring in a towering ficus tree to grace your living room (though that can be an absolutely stunning look in the right context). Rather, stick to just a few plants that are simple to maintain, difficult to destroy and add a sweet element of greenery to otherwise bland spaces that might need a little punching up. For instance, a series of sweet succulents looks beautiful on a kitchen windowsill. A small fiddle leaf fig is super on-trend right now and looks great propped beside a sunny living room window.
Keep in mind your lifestyle when you pick out houseplants, and consider how often you’ll be home to water them and keep them pruned and healthy. If you don’t have much time to spare, the aforementioned succulents and even cacti are ideal bets, as both require minimal upkeep to thrive.
Arguably nothing spruces up a space like a mirror. You might opt to hang an oversized mirror in an area of your home that feels particularly cramped, such as at the bottom of your steps or in an entryway. Doing so will allow the light to bounce and reflect off the glass, giving the impression that the area is larger than it actually is.
You can also group several small, similar mirrors in a gallery wall formation for a unique spin on this look. However you decide to hang yours, keep in mind the material and tone of the frame and make sure it complements with other items in the room. Also, it may go without saying, but be sure to clean your mirrors regularly so they don’t become overwhelmed with smudges.
Ultimately, your home works as an extension of yourself. You should be excited to enter into it after being away and you should be able to welcome others into it with confidence. These fives accessories are not critical, but they can help give structure and style to your rooms. Once you have these basics down, don’t be afraid to play around with the rest. Just make sure your voice is the one that stands above the rest and that everything you add to your home is something that makes your heart soar.