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 for the floor can include area rugs, baskets, tall candles and holders, plants, sculptures, clocks, urns, lamps, and large mirrors.
Collectibles might include such things as shells, artifacts, gems and stones, figurines, porcelain, pins, pipes, letter openers, and more.
Items that you place on furnishings can include throw blankets, runners, and pillows.
Achieving a Certain Look with Accessories and Art
Two different looks that can be achieved with art and accessories are "crafty" and "artistic". What's the difference? Night and day, in terms of a professional looking room decor. Crafts have a handmade feel, whereas art looks like it could be in a gallery. Skilled artists create works of art that give a room and artistic look. Crafts, like hooked rugs or needlepoint are not necessarily the work of skilled artisans, but usually from a hobbyist or amateur. The goal is 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.
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.
If you would like to maintain balance in your room, then purchase the larger accessories first. You can later fill in any other spaces later with smaller accessories.
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