Redecorating can be a surprisingly minimal undertaking that doesn't involve replacing the entire contents of a room — in reality, you can change the look of an entire room with some fresh wallpaper or paint, new fabric for your upholstery and some well-chosen home accessories such as cushions and throws, picture frames, rugs, mirrors, plants and art. Despite often being small, decorative accessories can transform a room into a space worthy of a magazine cover. There are a wide variety of home decor products to choose from, so here are some tips to guide you when choosing home accessories and incorporating them into your home.
Making the most of your walls
In a room where floor space is limited, walls provide a great surface area for decoration. Instead of leaving walls bare, consider using them as an opportunity for styling the room – from displaying wall art to adorning the walls with mirrors, home accessories can be used to bring interest and character to a room as well as reinforcing the chosen theme and home decor. If the room lacks storage, wall shelves can be used for extra organisational space and to showcase decorative accessories such as artwork and picture frames. The wall itself can become a decorative feature with the use of patterned wallpaper or a brightly painted accent wall.
Bringing life to tables with picture frames, design books and candles
A few thoughtful home accessories that reflect your personality are an ideal way to bring character into a room. Personal pictures and photos always make great decorative accessories to add to your home decor, and using a variety of frames can keep the decor interesting. Candles, when lit, can lend a romantic, relaxing atmosphere (and scent, if you wish) to a room while coffee table books about travel, interior design, fashion or photography can make for great conversation starters with guests. Indoor plants or flower-filled vases are also refreshing decorative accessories you can add to breathe life, colour and nature into a room.
Decorating with the right fabric
While neutral-coloured furniture is a clean and classic look, the use of upholstery fabric can transform the theme of a room. Colourful and multi-textured fabric on cushions, blankets and rugs are another way to express your personal style with home accessories and can easily be changed if you redecorate again. Because of their size, floor-length curtains can make a dramatic difference to your home decor and change the entire feel of a room.
Making the fireplace your centrepiece
Whether or not you have a working fire, a fireplace is a ready-made centrepiece that can be used to frame other decorative accessories and home decor elements. If your fireplace has a mantlepiece, why not take the opportunity to adorn it with frames, clocks, vases, mirrors or other home accessories. If you use your fireplace, it's important to take care of it and the surrounding area to keep it not only clean, but safe with essential fireplace products like pokers, brushes and fire guards.