If you are decorating your living space and want to turn your house into a home, an important step not to overlook is the incorporation of accessories and art. A room can seem unfinished without these things, even if it looks great. Even people in days long past chose to decorate their cave walls with pictures and etchings. If you properly accessorize your home, you can make it look really amazing. One great tip is to use a set of lavish gold leaf picture frames. When you place them in just the right spot, they can really change the whole feel of the room.
Adding art into a room serves many purposes. Not only does it infuse a room with personality, but it can bring together a number of different elements of your decor. It can also be used to create a specific mood. The term "balance" is what you are trying to achieve if you want to have a room that appears professionally decorated. First you need to attain balance with your choice of furniture, colors, and patterns; you can then move on to add your art and accessories.
Types of Accessories and Art
There are many different categories of art and accessories. These may include items for the floor, items for the walls, items for table tops and other surfaces. There are also categories for collectibles and items placed on furnishings.
Items for tabletops can include vases, dishes, bowls, decorative boxes, candles, candlesticks or holders, lamps, picture frames, books, sculptures, trays, bottles, flowers/plants, urns, baskets, and clocks.
Items for the walls can include paintings, prints, sculptures, candleholders, sconces, photographs, fiber art, framed mirrors, picture frames, architectural elements (brackets, corbels...), dishes, and shelves.
Items that can go on your floor include plants, clocks, baskets, rugs, tall candles, vases, plants, large mirrors, urns, and sculptures.
The category of collectibles may include pipes, pins, letter openers, gems and stones, porcelain, figurines, shells, and artifacts.
Items that can be placed on furnishings include runners, pillows, and throw blankets.
Achieving a Certain Look with Accessories and Art
A couple of different looks can be achieved using art and accessories; these are "artistic" and "crafty". There is a huge difference in the two in terms of what they do for a room. Art looks like it should be in a gallery, and crafts give a homemade type of feel. Adding a piece of art from a skilled artist can give a room an artistic look. Crafts are usually from the hands of a hobbyist or amateur; examples of this are such things as hooked rugs and needlepoint. The goal of decorating your room should be to create an artistic look.
If you or someone you love has crafted an item that you want to show off, that is great; the caution is to not overdo the craftiness. Too many examples of your craft can overwhelm a room. The goal should be to show off your creative side through your room decorating.
Art That You Can Afford
No matter what your budget, you can find art and accessories that you can afford. Don't forget that you do not need to add much to a room to enhance it. One terrific idea to use to add affordable art to your room is through custom framing. You can make a piece of artwork look much more expensive quickly and cheaply by just adding some rich gold picture frames. If your artwork seems dwarfed by your wall, if you paint the wall a dark color it can make the artwork really stand out.
Shop for larger accessories first as they occupy more space in the room and help to maintain balance. Fill in the gaps with smaller accessories when you can.
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