Choosing items to decorate your home seems easy enough. Pick furniture, lamps and accessories you like. Aaannnd…done. While it’s true that you should pick items you like, you also don’t want your home to be filled with stuff just for the sake of having stuff either. So, how do you know what stuff to choose and what to pass on? With these three accessorizing tips, you can never go wrong.
When it comes to accessorizing your home, don’t overlook comfort. (This is one I have to remind myself of a lot when shopping.) The prettiest pillows will just annoy you if they’re not snuggle-able when watching a movie. And, who wants a couch that you can’t lounge on? Or, a scratchy blanket? Pick comfortable accessories and you’ll be happy every time.
Also, don’t forget about good light. Light affects your mood, and therefore your comfort! If you don’t get a lot of natural light in your home, use sheer curtains on your windows and keep your color scheme light and bright. I also can’t talk enough about the greatness of lamps. Lamplight is far better than overhead light. Fill your home with lamps to create cozy light at nighttime.
Add natural elements
Plants make a room feel more alive. They add freshness and color to a room. (Take a look at my five favorite houseplants for ideas.) Vases filled with flowers or a bowl of fresh fruit can also do the trick. Want something a little more lasting? Incorporate items like wooden picture frames or a bamboo basket into a room for a natural look that’s more permanent.
Pick meaningful accessories
The best accessories are the ones that are unique to you! I love how a home can evolve over time, slowly picking up items that show off your life. When you surround yourself with items that truly matter to you, it makes your home a home.
I have many favorite items in my home. One is this painting I bought from a local artist at the base of the Great Wall of China. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I’m so happy I have this painting to remember it by. Another favorite is this box that looks like three books on the outside, but opens up and is hollow on the inside. (To store all of my secret treasures!) I’ve had it since I was about six. It was one of my first flea market purchases ever!