Do you ever feel like your home is missing something? Perhaps you’ve lived in the same property for a few years now and have grown a little too familiar with the same old wallpaper and the same old furniture. Maybe you played it a little too safe when you came up with your style ideas all those ago. Or maybe, you’ve just moved into a new home and are desperately trying to come up with a way to stamp your personality on your new place.
If you’re looking to inject a little more pizzazz into your home, you might not need to do anything drastic. A few of these great accessory ideas will turn your home from bland to brilliant.
As with fashion, some of the best home accessories also serve a practical purpose. Clocks come in many shapes and sizes and you can decide whether you want yours to be a conversation starter or a subtle addition.
As with all accessories, think carefully about how the clock fits in with your home’s overall aesthetic and then begin your search. You could opt for something classic like a grandfather clock, for example, which may work well with other antiques in your house. This purchase could also have historic value and would make a great gift for anyone you know that likes traditional home décor.
On the other hand, there are all kinds of modern clock choices, from bold 70’s timepieces right up to digital home displays. If you’re thinking about adding a clock to one of the rooms in your home, or replacing an old one that just doesn’t do it for you anymore, perhaps now is the time.
Lighting plays a vitally important role in the look and feel of any home, and can make your property feel open and spacious, or miserable and claustrophobic. Similarly, the accessories that you pair with your lighting can also make a big difference to your home.
Choosing your lighting will affect the brightness and colour of the room, and there are plenty of options to pick from. You could opt for lights that can be dimmed to create a sense of mood, or select some new technology in the form of IoT-lighting that can be controlled remotely from your smartphone. Lampshades provide another opportunity for you to put your personality into your lighting, so there’s lots of room for innovation.
Accessories are not just about influencing the look of your home. Investing in some good quality candles can enrich the whole house with wonderful aromas that make your home more welcoming. The home candle market has grown hugely in the last few years and they are available in a wide range of colours and smells.
For an accessory that is truly unique to you and your home, why not look into making your own candle. Not only will this let you create a home accessory that feels more personal than one bought off the shelf, it could also introduce you to a new hobby.
A good quality frame can draw your eye to whatever it is that you’ve place within it and should also look attractive in its own right.
Frames make a great house-warming gift as the recipient can decide for themselves what should go on their wall. This is an accessory that can store precious family memories or treasured artworks – it really is up to you.
Mirrors are always useful to have around the house, particularly if you are getting ready to go out in a rush, but they can also accent your home interior. By reflecting back the rest of the room, mirrors let you see your home from a different angle and can help give you a different perspective on how it looks.
They also come in a number of different sizes to suit different spaces. Full-length mirrors are usually kept to private areas like bedrooms, but smaller, wall-mounted ones can prove useful in many other areas of the house.
Mirrors can also look very appealing and interior designers are now moving away from traditional styles into more unusual shapes. They’re available in wooden frames, metal exteriors and a whole host of other fittings, so make sure you pick a mirror that reflects your unique style.
The art that you have displayed in your home says a lot about you as a person and there is so much variety to pick from. In terms of the art medium you could display a sculpture, a painting, embroidery, glasswork, photography, ceramics or carpentry. Once you’ve made that decision, you then need to select a specific piece from the many artistic styles that exist today.
Depending on your particular taste, you may find that original pieces of artwork are prohibitively expensive, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest in a good quality reproduction. Prints of fine art are available and they can still add a great deal to your home’s aesthetic.
If you have an artistic personality yourself, you could always choose one of your own works to adorn your wall. Having one of your own photographs or paintings on display would make a great talking point when you have guests over, as you could discuss your artistic influences and the reasons that you chose that particular piece.
Something to help with the tidying
Sometimes it’s the simple things that can help take the look of your home up to the next level. The clutter that you accumulate on a daily basis can spoil the look of any home, but how do you tidy up the place while still making it liveable?
The answer lies in a few simple, but stylish, accessories. Take your shoe collection, for example. There’s no need to hide your footwear away, but there’s also need to have them strewn across your bedroom or awkwardly blocking the front door. A shoe tidy allows you to present your shoes in an organised way that gives you a clear view of your entire collection, while also clearing some space.
Similarly, most modern homes are also having their interior designs spoiled by the hundreds of wires that we use to power the many gadgets we rely on. A cable management box could be what your home needs to keep those unsightly wires tucked away and it should also spare you from having to untangle them at a later date.
Your home doesn’t have to become a shrine and should definitely look “lived in,” but some accessories that help tidy can really improve the appearance of the property.
The humble door stop can have a big impact on your home. Many houses have annoying little features and one of the most common is a door that has a mind of its own. Rather than just putting up with it slamming shut or creaking open for the next twenty years, investing in floor door stops could save you a lot of hassle.
Make sure you buy a stopper that’s non-scratching to avoid damaging your floor and check that it is forgiving on your door too. Aside from that you can select any door stop that takes your fancy. They are available in the standard classic design, but there are also more unusual varieties available, including ones that are likely to appeal to young children.
Ornaments are the type of home accessory that really gives you the freedom to express yourself. You could choose to display your classy side with an antique wooden trinket box, or opt for something bold and brash like a decorative stag’s head. Or you could choose both!
These items can be purely visual or have some practical use, as with a money box or vase. Ornaments can also form part of a home accessory collection, with many individuals quickly getting hooked on a particular type or style of item. If you are thinking about buying some ornaments to spruce up your home, make sure you have the funds available to keep up those purchases, because buying ornaments can quickly become addictive.
Having a different set of home accessories for special occasions has two great advantages. Firstly, it can make your home feel fresh by temporarily changing the look and secondly, the changes also give some added oomph to the occasion.
The obvious time to refresh the look of your home is at Christmas and there is certainly much you can do here in terms of new tablecloths, banners and other items. However, there are other occasions which give you the opportunity of sprucing up your home, including Easter and birthdays, as well as any family get-together. These times are called “special” for a reason, so make sure your home lives up to the occasion.
Your home is a bank canvass and it’s up to you to turn it into a masterpiece. The layout and furniture may deliver the stylistic core of your property, but adding a few accessories here and there can provide the added flourish you need to make turn your house into the home of your dreams.