The Essential Accessories for Every Home
A home without accessories looks staged. It doesn’t have a personality! The accessories are where you layer you into your home. Accessories are the underrated (and usually under-budgeted) individual pieces that turn your house into a home, and give it next-level polish. So what are the accessory essentials for every home?
Every room needs art. Preferably real art, made by human hands. If you see art you love, buy it. Your designer will work it in somewhere. If you have no opinion on art, or are unsure, let your designer curate for you. We can help as little or as much as you need, but a room without art is just sad.
Mirrors perform an essential service in your home. They visually open up a space and bounce light around. Mirrors are magic for every space. Trust me, you need mirrors, and the bigger the better.
You’d be shocked at how many homes I visit that have no light sources other than ceiling can lights. No. No. No. All the other types of lighting are too important to be ignored. Table lamps, floor lamps, sconces, pendants all add life to a space. They create puddles of light highlighting different areas, and provide ambient, flattering lighting in every room.
Every room should have something alive in it. Whether a vase of flowers, or stems of leaves, or a full-fledged tree, bringing life into a room, well…brings life into a room. Even the blackest thumbed person in the the world can drop a few dollars on a Trader Joe’s orchid every few weeks!
Even if you don’t read anything but the newspaper, your home should look like you have interesting books about interesting things. I’m not saying you need a full-fledged library with all the classics, but a few pretty coffee table books for guests to thumb through are nice to have around. Books from your travels are awesome souvenirs, or basically books on anything that interests you - design, art, nature, photography, fashion.
For some of us, scented candles are religion. There are so many exquisite scents on the market, I recommend trying some out until you find a favorite, and then make it the signature scent for your home. Every room should have a candle, even if you don’t use the room often. Candles also add light and warmth to a space, livening it up for guests - and for you!
What’s you favorite home accessory? I’d love to hear your essentials in the comments section!