These 7 home decorating essentials are the foundation of creating a beautiful space to live in. Today we’ll look at some essential decor elements that every home should have a little of. Bring your vision to life!
7 Home Decorating Essentials To Elevate Your Decor!
I’ve talked before about the many ways to decorate our homes using design concepts and home decor styles, so we can craft a home that reflects our unique personality.
From stunning home tours to easy-to-follow design guidelines, we’ve explored quite a bit about design ideas together. But today I want to talk about some small, but important pieces of the home decor puzzle that aren’t rules or specific items.
In this post, I’m listing some home decorating essentials that every home should have! Grab your cup of coffee (or tea!) and let’s start, shall we?
Every Home Should Have A Little Of These Home Decorating Essentials:
I’m a firm believer that every piece you bring into your home should have a purpose and be useful, but it also needs to have a little flair that lets your unique style shine through.
What’s the best way to do this while avoiding clutter? Don’t underestimate the power of color!
It doesn’t have to be a lot, but all homes need at least a harmonious color scheme or one accent color.
- Replicate one color across the room:
If you want to give your room a new look without making a major commitment, try adding small touches of color here and there.
You can achieve this by using your favorite decor elements (such as paintings, pillows, rugs, and artwork) and wove them through the room. Adding color in this subtle way can give your space a fresh new look.
- Bold focal points:
For a more visual statement, don’t be afraid to go bold and use it as the focal point of your decor. An accent wall, an eye-catching furniture piece in a striking color, or a color-themed room can change the vibe of your home and infuse color into your everyday life.
- Use color in unexpected places.
Similarly, applying color in unexpected places will create contrast. This little trick will add character to your decor and break up the monotony of having everything in neutral tones.
Ground the room with contrasting colored rugs, paint your bookcases in striking hues, and paint your ceilings in vibrant shades. If you really want to take it a step farther, use wallpaper as an art statement. You can’t go wrong!
Texture helps break up large expanses of blank walls and can add an element of sophistication and character to otherwise bland rooms without adding new colors. Of course, there are many ways to add texture to a home. Here are some ideas:
- Go for textured walls:
If you’re a neutral kinda gal and adding color feels like too much, but you still want to shake things up, consider adding texture! Our home is older and thankfully the walls have a plaster finish. However, you can paint your walls or ceilings with textured paint to add interest and depth.
- Use patterns as texture
Another option is to use wallpaper with small dainty patterns, like in the picture below. It’s a subtle difference but can add dimension and revamp your walls!
- Use fabrics:
When it comes to home decorating essentials, this tip is ont of my personal favorites! Mismatching fabrics on pillows, layering rugs made of natural fibers, flowy curtains, and wall decorations can introduce texture to neutral spaces without going the extra mile.
- Play with finishes:
You can also incorporate texture by using different finishes. The key rule here is to think about balancing rough textures with more delicate ones, opaque finishes against glossy ones, layering lavish textures with rustic ones. This juxtaposition will create an unexpected and elegant twist.
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Some of us are naturally drawn to beautiful and cozy spaces. While others lean more toward function and think beauty is somewhere in the mix, but not necessarily the goal. But no matter where you fall on the spectrum of style, comfort is an essential part of having a wonderful home.
- Make furniture work for you:
One of the first steps is understanding how furniture works in your space. Try to analyze your space to check if your furniture is working for your lifestyle. After all, even the most expensive piece of furniture can become an eyesore if it feels uncomfortable! Here are some of my tips to make your home more comfortable.
Think about what kind of lifestyle you lead. Is it more active or laid back? Do you entertain often or stay in most of the time? What is the most frequently used room in your house? When you ask yourself these questions and analyze your home, you’ll be able to determine your needs and your space more effectively.
In this process, you’ll be able to determine which furniture will work best in your space, what you need, and what you don’t. Also, you will be able to determine how to organize the space in the best way!
Lighting is another important part of creating a sense of comfort in any room. The right lighting can make all the difference when it comes to creating a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for yourself and your guests. And it’s key to carry on your daily routines in a practical way! Here, it is all about analyzing your needs and making sure your lighting serves its purpose.
My biggest tip?
I would try to stay away from cold toned lighting for social areas and go for warm or neutral options. Warm light gives a lovely glow that welcomes you right in, and can transform impersonal spaces into cozy retreats!
Clutter can be a hindrance to comfort, so finding the right storage solutions is key. Circling back to my first tip, furniture and storage should work for your lifestyle and home, not the other way around.
Bookcases, cabinets with appropriate lighting, closets, and drawers that work for your items, hidden storage solutions… there’re so many options out there to improve how we organize and store things!
Bring the outside indoors with nature to add some charm and color to your home!
- Indoor plants
Snake and spider plants, peace lilies, ferns, and rubber plants are ideal options when looking for a low-maintenance indoor plant. Additionally, these are stunning decor elements that do not take up a lot of space.
- Indoor flowers
Every home needs flowers! You probably know by now I’m biased about flowers, but what can I say? I just love to see their beauty and aroma every day!
Geraniums, Hydrangeas (my personal favorites), Bromeliads, and many others are simply strikingly beautiful and easy to care for.
Whether you live in a tiny apartment or a large family home, incorporating real flowers into your decor can breathe fresh energy into the space and transform it.
Not a green thumb? You can still enjoy the beauty of indoor plants! Start by choosing plants and flowers native to your area. This will ensure that they’re able to survive in your climate, and it will also give them a chance to thrive!
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Whether your favorite artwork is sculptures, landscape scenes, or photographs, showcasing them in your home is the ultimate way to express your personality.
Incorporating pieces that go together with the color palette and overall style of your space is essential. It can help set the tone of the room, whether you want it to feel cozy or more formal.
I like to hang framed paintings and photos around my home. From pieces more on the expensive side to very affordable illustrations I get from places like Etsy. Art is not strictly for the indoors, though. You can give you outdoors a whimsical touch by placing sculptures and garden water fountains, too!
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Home decorating essentials with personal mementos
Home decorating essentials would not be complete without personal mementos. When you walk into a house, you’re looking for the little things that make it feel like a home. The personal mementos you choose to display at home tell a little about who you are.
You don’t need to have a big collection. Even a curated selection of small items like souvenirs from family trips or artwork made by your kids can make all the difference. And they make for wonderful conversation starter when guests arrive!
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