When it comes to making a personal statement in your home decor, nothing allows you to show your true colours like accessories. We all tend to spend our makeover budgets on the large items, whether it is a complete new kitchen or bathroom or the acquisition of a new statement settee or dining table. But often, the major items of furniture can act as the backdrop to the little touches that show your tastes and interests in a far more revealing way. Find out how quick and easy it can be to put your own personal stamp on a room with the addition of quirky accessories.
A settee or chair without cushions gives the impression of being undressed and, as with clothes, the cushions we use can add colour, life and even humour to a room. Whatever your budget, there will be a range of cushions to suit your pocket and your taste. Choose large or small or preferably a combination of shapes and sizes. Round, square or rectangular, in northcroftfabrics.co.uk ranging from silks to fur effect (they really can look like the real thing), cushions come in every shade of the rainbow and in a huge range of designs and themes.
A throw can be a blanket to snuggle in or a cover to jazz up a tired settee or chair. As with cushions, throws come in a huge range of designs and fabrics, making it easy to change the look and feel of your room at minimal cost. Always buy the best you can afford as beautiful home accessories really add something extra to a room, helping to pull together a look.
From Gothic candelabras to a modern reading lamp, lighting can enhance a room, highlighting features you wish to enhance and throwing interesting shadows. Turn off your overhead light and invest in a variety of task lighting such as reading lights, uplighters and table lamps to create a dramatic effect with minimum effort.
Mirrors can completely alter the feel of a room, maximising available light and creating an illusion of extra space. Choose from a huge variety of shapes, not just round, oval, square or rectangular. Mirrors can be modern, retro, antique, Gothic, artistic, whimsical and witty, helping to add an extra element to any room in the home. Choose your statement mirror with care to ensure that it reflects light to its best advantage and acts as a focal point within the room.
A ticking clock is like the beating heart of a home, so make sure you include at least one in your room plan. Choose from freestanding models, wall mounted, mantel clocks or smaller designs or mix and match to create a collection. Remember that odd numbers work best for groups of similar items and try to include a variety of different shapes and sizes for maximum impact.
Joanne Collins has been working in interior design for more than 20 years and has had articles published in magazines and online. She is passionate about the little touches that lift a home and make it extra special and believes that the key to creating a unique look is through the use of beautiful home accessories.