Home accessories buying guide
Home furnishings and accessories transform a house into a home – but how do you choose the perfect piece of art, the right light fitting or the rug that ties your décor together? Read on for tips, advice and considerations to help you choose the perfect homeware.
There are two approaches you can take with home accessories. The first is to have only a few, very carefully chosen pieces. Perhaps a large statement wall clock or vase, a stunning ornamental sculpture and a silky, deep pile rug. In an otherwise minimalist living space, these accessories can make a real impact.
Or you could go for the eclectic, maximalist approach with luxurious rugs, clusters of interesting wall art, layered lighting, piles of cushions and throws and beautiful objets d’art wherever you look. This is the eclectic, maximalist approach.
Stylists know how to work magic with accessories, and you can learn from them. They might add splashes of a complementary colour through a room, for example touches of mustard in a lampshade or rug to complement a teal sofa. Or they might play with texture, contrasting smooth surfaces with a knitted or woven cushion or throw. Finally, home accessories can be used to heighten the impact of a look, echoing the lines, colours, patterns and shapes in décor and furniture.