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By Ann Moore-Spencer
Choosing accent furniture and accessories for your
home can seem like an overwhelming and difficult feat
to accomplish. What to include? What do you consider?
However, there are a few tips you can follow to make it
easier to decide which accent furniture would work best
in your home.
Complement the larger furnishings. First, decide
which room you want to focus on. If you need accent
pieces for your bedroom, consider smaller pieces that
would complement the larger pieces such as your bed,
dresser, and armoire. In a living room, choose accent
pieces that would complement your sofa, love seat, and
entertainment centre. When furnishing your kitchen,
consider accent pieces that would complement your
table and kitchen cabinets.
Consider function. You want your furniture to serve a
purpose. When choosing accent pieces for your bed-
room, consider a jewellery armoire, a mirror, a dressing
screen, a blanket rack, or shelving. Larger accent furni-
ture such as a lounge or side chair, bedding chest, and
bench are also options.
For relaxation, consider a water feature or aroma can-
dles. For a living room, consider a coffee table, entry
table, curio cabinet, end tables, or floor lamps. Fruit and
other edibles and collections make attractive ta-
blescapes and wall art, while adding layers and dimen-
sion. Floor vases can also act as umbrella stands, and
sculptures can serve as a resting place for scarves and
handbags while adding personality and interest.
For a kitchen, consider a sideboard, buffet, hutch, or
baker's rack. Each of these pieces is functional and
serves a purpose. Not only will they look appealing in
your home, but you can actually use them to store
household and personal items. Small pieces can be in-
cluded in the design of a room as well. For example, an
oversized decorative ashtray can be used to hold the re-
motes in your living room, or it can be placed on a night-
stand to hold your jewellery or other items you remove
when you retire to bed.
Don't forget soft furnishings. Though it is important
that your accent furniture be functional, you also want
it to be decorative and aesthetically appealing. When
decorating your bedroom, living room, or outdoor room,
consider incorporating curtains into your design. Drap-
ery can dictate the feel of the space. A room can appear
light and airy, or elegant and luxuriant. Also, consider
throw pillows and throws in these rooms, as they can
make a room feel more comfortable and as they can
complement the window treatment.
Cohesion. Once you have chosen which pieces you
should purchase, consider specific factors before select-
ing a certain piece of furniture. Obviously, you want to
choose accent pieces that mesh with the current décor
in your home. Colour is an especially integral part of the
selection process. Accent pieces made of the same
colour and type of wood already in your home provides
a cohesive look. However, the different wood tones can
also be interesting. Be cautious of introducing an inco-
hesive and choppy finish, however. Also, the style of
your existing furniture should be considered before you
purchase any accent pieces. For example, if your bed-
room furniture is modern and contemporary in design,
choose bedroom pieces that will enhance this look.
Again differing styles can complement. Just be cau-
Quality. How do you know if a piece of furniture is high-
quality or not? If you are selecting wood furniture, con-
sider the veneer. Inspect it to see if the veneer is
seamlessly and flawlessly attached to the wood. Also,
inspect the type of wood the veneer is fastened to.
Hardwood is always best because it is more durable and
sturdy than particleboard or pressed wood. In addition,
you should consider the material of the furniture itself.
Heavier pieces of furniture are typically made of better,
sturdier types of hardwood. Likewise, furniture that is
extremely light is generally of lesser quality. When in-
specting upholstered pieces of accent furniture, look at
how well the seams have been stitched together. Also,
question what the base material is made of; again, hard-
wood is your best bet, even with upholstered furniture.
Now that you have an idea of what to look for and how
to blend your pieces, enjoy making your room pop with
just a few well-thought out changes. Happy hunting!
In a living room,
pieces that would
sofa, love seat, and
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