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Accenting Decor

Jacy Meyer · Sep 4, 2014

Add that extra bit of design POW to your rooms with accent pieces…

A couple cliches: Little things come in big packages. Small things bring great pleasure. It’s all in the details and that’s what we are talking about today.

Think in threes

Grouping similarly themed items on a table, in a corner or on a shelf, attracts the eye and can be as big or small as the space requires. A framed photo or other piece of art; a plant and a knick-knack can all look really nice together. If you collect something you can display your collection in one location or spread it around. A smile will come to your face every time you spot one of your cherished figurines, postcards or other collectible. To add another layer of interest, put your trio on a tray or dedicated narrow shelf. The tray allows easy relocation and the shelf acts as wall art.

Make it green

Plants are probably one of the most inexpensive ways to literally bring life into your room. A large potted leafy one in a corner can hide an unsightly wall or fill up an empty space you don’t have another use for. Small ones on bookshelves break up the books or other items making the shelf more decorative. Mid-size ones on end tables, perhaps with a photo leaning up against it adds color and freshness. And don’t neglect the pots – this is how you add a splash of color and personality to a more neutrally themed room.

Upcycle it

Having a thrift shop or yard sale morning will get your creative juices flowing. If you have a spot in your apartment that needs something, but you just aren’t sure what, go looking for it. Or more specifically, make yourself available for it to find you. Maybe you’ve gone through your home and found places for all your favorite items (while remembering not to clutter!) but there’s still a corner, shelf or wall that could use something. Don’t go looking for something new, look for something that fits. A plant stand in a corner can hold a small collection, some framed photos or art, and even a plant. A wood chair with interesting lines can do the same. Give it a nice coat of paint to add color to the room, and use it to hold a couple books, lean a larger piece of art on it, and it even can be repurposed as actual seating for an unexpected guest. It’s fun to check out old stuff and you might just find something longing to be renewed for your home.

You probably already have most of the accent pieces you need; they just need to be relocated. Cast a critical eye over your favorite objects and see what new pleasure they can bring to your rooms. If you do need to purchase something; make it affordable and something that can always be relocated or revived in a future apartment, or even in another room. Accent decorating is a great way to give a fresh look to any room.

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