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Elеvatе Your Homе: 5 Crеativе Ways to Accеntuatе Your Style

Updated: Jan 14



Accessorizing your home is about telling your own story and adding in your own style.  Accents can show your character and personality. They can be used to make your home feel interesting and inviting, adding pops of bright hues to draw your eyes to specific places in the room. Your home is a canvas with infinite opportunities to make it your own. 


Sentimental Items 

Your home should be an extension of yourself. It should reflect your personality and your values. Integrating your sentimental items in a thoughtful way into your space can create conversation points and remind you of outside happiness within your home. Sam Gosling, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, explains that, “we use our homes to make purposeful and deliberate statements about ourselves”, also stating, “these ‘identity claims’, and they’re designed to reflect our attitudes, our goals, our values, our roles and priorities.”

Pictures of loved ones, quilts, family heirlooms, and items of special interest (like signed movie posters) are great examples of sentimental items you could use to decorate the rooms in your home. These items help show people who you are and what matters to you, according to the research done by Goshley and Psychology Professors. 

Marie Kondo also says to keep and proudly display the sentimental items that spark joy in your life. Your identity and background are important. Cherish your memories and experiences!

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Texture & Juxtaposition

You can accessorize your home by adding a variety of fabrics and materials. Furniture can act as a building point for objects of comfort or convenience. Pillows, blankets, woods, glass, and ceramics can be used to invite balance and functionality. A common example of texture and juxtaposition that can be seen in many American homes is a coffee table in front of the couch. An accent table acts almost like a transitional space in the home. It holds your snacks, water bottle, and miscellaneous items as you are resting and moving throughout the day. Designers often accent these tables with plants, baskets, flowers, and lighting elements. Texture, juxtaposition, and accenting helps create visual and conversational intrigue. It can create a backdrop for your everyday life. What do you want to see as you are going about your everyday life? How do you want to feel in your home? Let us know by contacting us. 

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Artwork

Your home is a reflection of yourself and may reflect the ideas you want to present towards visitors. “In a living room we may want a sense of welcoming or family, so make decisions to reflect this. While in our bedroom, we may want a sense of romance, comfort or rejuvenation. And as our priorities and family dynamics change, what we want from our spaces change,” explains Sam Gosling, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas. You can use your feelings and emotions to enlighten a space and create an atmosphere within your home. You can have large pieces of artwork in your living room to create a welcoming environment for guests. You may use collage walls or a memory box to include smaller snippets of your individual identity in your rooms. Implementing art that inspires, comforts, and motivates you and those around you may be beneficial to creating a beautiful home. If you are looking for artwork that speaks to you, we would recommend going to a local art fair which you can find using eventbrite or other online resources, finding an instagram artist that you can form a connection with, and our art shops @ataloops or @farnetistudio. 


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Functional Pieces

Objects should bring you joy and serve a purpose. Coffee table books are a great example of functional art, especially if they peak your interest. Shelves of books, plants, and games add small moments of functional detail. Other functional objects that you can imprint your own style onto are lamps, couches, chairs, decorative boxes, and TV stands. Personally, I have a small lamp near my bedside that allows me to read in bed. (If you are musically inclined, you may want to invest in a record player, speaker, piano, or stand for your instrument of choice.)

If you are looking for mid-century functional furniture inspiration, you may want to check out the works of Charlotte Perriand, Alvar Aalto, Florence Knoll, Mitsumasa Sugasawa, Hans Wegner and the Eames. 


Ceramics 

Ceramics are often used as accent points or functional items. Oftentimes, pottery makes a space feel more grounded because of its natural roots. Vases and planter pots may be used to add more nature into your home by placing both flowers and plants within them. Bowls may be used as a place to hold objects. Larger pieces can be used to fill up floor space while smaller ones can be placed onto a table or a mantel. Pottery can add a flash of color to a room and draw attention to a certain area. If you are a collector or maximalist, you may want to consider having a rotating collection. 

Homemade pottery improves your meals by creating fun and functional backdrops for your snacks. Bowls, mugs, and dishware act as both useful and decorative pieces of art; they are an amazing accessory to any home. If you are looking to purchase a homemade ceramic accent, check out our shop Farneti Studio. 


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