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If you’ve been a homeowner or apartment dweller for any length of time, then you probably have those go-to accessories that make you feel at home. I always love seeing what others are using in their spaces and often get loads of inspiration from it. So today, I thought I’d share my 9 home decor essentials I think every home should have.
While I’m not often carried away by ‘shoulds’ and ‘shouldn’ts’ in home decor – I’ll leave that to others to hash out – I must admit, there are certain accessories I turn to again and again to create a comfy and welcoming space. Like magic, I’ve come to rely on them to transform my home. While this certainly is not my definitive list, it does capture those accessories that I use most often to create a comfortable home.
So here they are, in no particular order:
Probably the #1 home decor accessory that I rely on to create a cozy feel in my home is the almighty throw pillow! I simply love how a pillow can instantly make a space feel styled and comfortable.
Both practical and pretty, decorative pillows can be placed on chairs and sofas, in baskets, and on benches to add that wow factor. Whether they’re bright and bold, or subdued and neutral, decorative pillows are a must in creating a stylish, comfortable space – both indoors and out.
Like decorative pillows, throw blankets are one of my go-to accessories.
Whether you place them on a sofa, a chair, or in a basket you can style them several ways to suit your home aesthetic. Folded, draped or hanging, you can place throw blankets over the arm of a sofa or armchair, on the back of any seating, on a bench, on the end of a bed, hanging over the side of a basket or on the rung of a storage ladder.
The practicality of a throw blanket and the overall warmth it evokes, makes it – in my opinion – a classic accessory for the home.
One of the most overlooked, but arguably essential, home accessories is a small rug. While most of us spend an inordinate amount of time looking for the perfect area rug for our living room or bedroom (trust me, I’ve been there), I think small rugs and mats are as much a part of creating a well-styled space as any other accessory.
Whether its a simple welcome mat at the front door, a small rug in a mudroom or entryway, or a stylish bath mat, these small textiles underfoot create an understated level of comfort that is often underutilized. It’s this extra layer that adds dimension and visual interest – both essential to creating a welcoming space.
After experimenting with patterns and colours in my bathroom towels, I’ve come to realize just how classic – and essential – white bathroom towels really are.
Whether hanging up, rolled, or folded as part of a display, white towels can create a cozy, even luxurious hotel-feel, in your bathroom. While not quite your typical decor ‘accessory,’ a fluffy white towel can actually be used to style a bathroom in a significant way. It is clean and crisp and makes a big statement all on its own.
Everyone has at least one vase or bowl in their home. Whether you’re displaying flowers or need a place to store produce, vases and bowls are classic accessories that never go out of style.
And there are so many materials to choose from, whether its glass, clay, wood, or seagrass, and just as many styles from modern to boho, and vintage to farmhouse. Vases and bowls make exceptional choices when it comes to styling coffee tables, dining tables, buffets, credenzas, consoles, and more.
Check out these simple styling tips and inspiration posts that utilize vases and bowls:
Art is definitely in the eye of the beholder. As for me, I like things a little off the beaten path. Like jewelry for your your walls, you can never be too creative when it comes to styling this prime real estate in your home.
Whether you like traditional prints, oil or acrylic on canvas, or something a little more boho or modern like macrame, wall weavings, tapestries, mobiles, or display cubbies, wall decor is a must in creating a stylish home. Here are just a few of my favourite ways I’ve styled our walls over the years:
For my favourite DIY wall art ideas, you can check out these tutorials:
Like wall art, mirrors similarly help complete the look of any space. Practical and beautiful, mirrors can transform the feel of an entry, a hallway, a bathroom or a bedroom depending on its shape (round or square), frame (metal or wood), size (small or large) and has the added advantage of bringing in more light into a room.
Books and magazines are one of my favourite ways to accessorize. They are a great way to bring personality into a space and with the added benefit of being inexpensive (well, most of the time!). Whether new or vintage, they bring a lot of style and a familiar feeling of comfort that we all look for in our homes.
Stack them, lean them, or show off your prized accessories on top of them. No matter how you display them, books will never go out of style – no matter how much technology we bring into the house 😉
Real or artificial, plants and natural green elements breathe life into a space.
Bringing the outdoors in helps us feel more relaxed and connected to nature. Real plants also have the added advantage of cleaning the air which can often hold toxins, especially after a long, cold winter. So, open those windows, let the clean air in, and add some greenery or flowers to your home.
I have written extensively on the use of flowers and greenery in the home on the blog. Here are just a few of my favourite posts:
These are my go-to’s for creating a cozy, comfy space and I know you must have your favourites, too. All in all, I’ve found these to be a great way to transform our builder-basic house into a cozy, welcoming home.
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