When you’re redecorating a room that’s in dire need of a fresh, new look, you don’t need to splurge on all-new furniture — in reality, all you need is a few inexpensive, well-placed accessories. Despite often being small, accessories can pack a mighty punch and can quickly change a blah room into a contemporary or modern trendy space worthy of a magazine cover.
There are a wide variety of products to choose from, and everything from a throw pillow to a wall divider can make a dramatic difference in your room’s overall appearance. So before you head to the furniture store, think about how accessories can help change your decor.
Take advantage of your walls. In a room where floor space is limited, it’s important to make the most of your walls by using every inch. If yours are looking a little barren, spice them up with colorful artwork or picture frames. Creating your own photo collage can add a personal touch to any room, while mirrors can give a small space an added boost. If storage is an issue, use wall shelves and stack them with fun trinkets or flowers. Don’t forget about the wall itself! Add some flavor with a colorful patterned wallpaper or go for a brightly painted accent wall.
Bring new life to tables and countertops. If your living room needs a lift, liven it up by adding a few thoughtful accessories. Pictures always make great additions, but keep them interesting by mixing up your frames — getting too matchy-matchy can make the room look boring. When lit, candles add a romantic, relaxing feel, and coffee table books about travel, home design, fashion or photography make for great conversation starters with guests. You can also show off your green thumb by adding a plant or a vase with some flowers.
Get your whole family involved. Ensure that everyone feels at home by letting each family member pick something out. That way you’ll get a wider variety of products, which leads to a more interesting, unique room. Let the kids pick out a funky clock while you choose a handy magazine rack or an accent rug. And make sure to remember the dog accessories!
Don’t forget the fabric. Since most of us have neutral-colored furniture, one of the easiest ways to punch up a look is through the fabric you display. Swap out throw pillows and blankets to liven up a dull foundation, and don’t be afraid to go bold or try mismatched patterns. Because of their size, floor-length curtains can make a dramatic difference in a room and can transition a room from traditional to contemporary all by themselves.