6 ideas for accent pieces in your home
No space is complete without these creative ideas for accessorising your space.
You’ve chosen your big-ticket items - the sofa, table, bed - now it’s time to have some fun! Accent pieces add that extra hit of personality to your space, completing the look, tying the theme together or instantly updating a tired space with colour, warmth and texture. Because they tend to be somewhat inexpensive compared to your bigger furniture pieces, accent items are your opportunity to let your creativity shine, as well as take chances on those up-to-the-minute trends. Here are some quick and easy ideas to try at your place.
Go bright, playful and textural with cushions to lift your space - both indoors and out! Hide that unsightly mark on the couch or just add extra cushiness to a saggy sofa with an array of throw cushions. Floor cushions will add extra seating and a contemporary, relaxed feeling, while a few well-placed cushions on the bed will prop you up and complete your sleeping zone.
You don’t need to spend up on original artworks to get a high-end look. Photographic prints, canvas prints of wild spaces or abstracts and botanical studies will add colour and interest to your home. Place them where you’ll be able to see them best, and don’t be afraid to mix and match to create a vibrant gallery wall.
Able to add a sense of space and grandeur to any room, a well-placed wall mirror with a stunning frame will act as an artwork and a practical looking glass for those last-minute touch-ups or dedicated make-up zones, while a cluster of contrasting frames will act as an instant gallery wall. They’ll also reflect natural light, giving your space a breezy, open feeling.
Add colour and texture and create ‘zones’ in a large open-plan space with a rug, ideal underneath your sofa and coffee table or dining table and chairs. A round rug will soften hard edges but a square or rectangle will act to balance your space. Choose a natural, woven material in beachy, contemporary-style homes or a colourful patterned rug in more traditional spaces. A small runner by the bed will provide a soft landing for your toes and a bright mat by the door will set the tone for your entire home.
Draped over a sofa or artfully arranged on the bed, a throw is an easy way to add warmth and texture to your most comfortable zones, ideal for warding off an extra chill or updating a tired sofa.
The slimline frame of a console makes it ideal for entryways, hallways, living zones and dining areas. Use it to display artwork and accessories or to store those small, everyday items within arm’s reach.