Unique furniture and accessories may often catch your eye, but figuring out how to seamlessly integrate these one-offs into your decor can be challenging. At Home Improvement Leads, we’re always on the lookout for special treasures to liven up our homes, since these pieces can add a pop of personality to an otherwise ordinary space. Here are a few tips for integrating one-of-a-kind pieces into your decor.
Train the Gaze
When you enter your living room, where does your gaze naturally travel? Perhaps it’s to a large bay window or a cozy sectional. If you have a large TV, it may be an entertainment center. Now think about where you want the gaze to travel. Every room has a purpose, and that purpose may be different for every person.
If your living room is the place to cozy up to your sweetie, you will probably want to make the focal point your couch or ottoman. Perk up a generic, neutral-colored couch with a unique ottoman. Spring for animal print upholstery to add a bit of sizzle to your otherwise ordinary decor. Opt for interesting fabric choices for throw pillows, or establish some zazzle with a uniquely crafted end table. You can actually train the eye to travel to a specific focal point through your accents and design.
In a bedroom, your focal point will most likely be the bed, so choose an interesting bed frame or color-popping textiles to add fab to a humdrum space. Using accents is an easy way to showcase those bold items you love, without feeling like you’re overwhelming the senses.
Unleash Your Wild Side
There’s most likely a small part of you that tells you to stay modest or reserved with decor. That’s good advice, to an extent. You don’t want your decor to be so overwhelming that your walls look like a diner. But incorporating a few iconic pieces can stimulate conversation and let you break some of those barriers.
So, be bold, friend. Utilize a bold pattern in a monochrome room to keep the peaceful color palette and add texture. Use bold photography art pieces to create a gallery aesthetic in an otherwise ordinary hallway. Show off your fashion sense or knowledge of pop culture through your art and accessories. Pick one piece in each room, and unleash that wild inner designer. Just collaborate the surrounding accessories, furniture, and color palette to complement your bold move.
Use Lighting to Highlight
If you’re displaying an art collection, install spot lighting to take your gallery to the next level. Track lighting also works well for bold wall decor. For other accessories like hand-blown glassware or fragile knick-knacks, display these treasures on a shelf with hidden rope lighting or spotlights.
If you want to draw attention to a chaise or sofa, set up some neutral floor or table lamps around your pieces. This will draw in the focus even more, and it’s such a subtle pull that most people won’t know you were being strategic about it!
Don’t be afraid to use colors from your one-of-a-kind pieces as pops of accent color throughout the space. No matter what treasure you’re drawn to, there’s certainly a way to make any piece work if you coordinate it with surrounding decor!
written by Ryan Miller from Modernize