12 Accent Pieces to Brighten Up Your Living Room
Bringing attention to the most interesting piece of furniture in the room has the overall effect of making the entire room appear more stylish. This advice is especially true for arranging living room furniture.
How exactly can you take your drab living quarters and brighten up the surrounding space? Below, we have compiled a list of 12 accent pieces that will surely reinvigorate your living room!
1. Accent Chair
Adding a chair that incorporates a unique type of pattern, texture, or material is especially important in a room with a very monochromatic look. It can make small rooms look bigger, as well as tie together all the other elements of the room.
2. Throw Pillows
These inexpensive additions can instantly transform the entire feel of your living space. The right throw pillows can truly showcase your personality. For instance, fuzzy pink ones add a fun element of femininity, while some luxurious black and gold ones add a touch of elegance.
3. Decorative Rug
A vibrantly coloured or patterned rug can really add a new dimension to a neutral tone room. However, if you prefer a more subtle accent, you can go for a heavily textured variety to achieve the same effect. Shag or faux fur rugs work wonderfully for this purpose!
4. Funky Lamps
Lamps can accent the room in two ways: the physical appearance of the lamp, and the light it provides. There are modern lamps that are practically works of art if you are looking for a classy focal point. You can also pick up a Himalayan salt lamp for a talking piece that gives off soft pink accent lighting (and is rumoured to have natural healing properties!).
5. Coffee Tables
This piece of furniture is often overlooked as a decoration and perceived mainly as a solely functional part of the room design. While your coffee table should definitely be useful, it has the potential to be the most interesting part of the room. There are a seemingly endless variety of these tables to choose from: sleek metallics, bright lacquer, natural wood—take your pick!
A pouf is a trendy addition to your living room that offers a place to put your feet up and space-saving extra seating. These versatile pieces come in every fabric imaginable, from leather to denim to polyester. Poufs are extra suitable for small spaces because they can easily be pushed to the side or under a table to free up more space when they are not in use.
7. Light Fixtures
We have already discussed how lamps can brighten up a room, but overhead light fixtures can have an even greater impact. Even though they are a more expensive option, it can be worth the investment to get one really ornate light fixture. This makes the entire room look posh, even if everything else in the room is cheap. Consider a chandelier or an industrial fixture to add a touch of flair to your living room.
8. Window Dressings
Window dressings can serve multiple purposes in your living room. They can cover an unpleasant view or highlight a gorgeous one. Similarly, they allow you to adjust the natural light so that you can decide if you want the room to be more mellow or airy.
Curtains are another piece of décor that comes in every fabric and pattern possible, so get creative! Choose a unique curtain rod for bonus points.
Mirrors are the secret weapon of many interior designers. They make rooms appear brighter, larger, and more modern. While the mirror itself creates the illusion of depth and reflects natural light around the room, the frame of the mirror also offers the opportunity to add an additional style factor.
This list would not be complete without the obvious statement that the right piece of art can brighten up even the drabbest living room. Art can be very reasonably priced if you check local galleries or listings. If you are feelings extra creative, you can always try to make something yourself!
11. Decorative Ladders
While these ladders are not functional in the sense that you can use them to reach something on the top shelf, they can be used for a multitude of inventive purposes. You can hang some throw blankets on it for a stylish storage solution or use it as a shelf to display your movie collection.
12. Display Your Collection
The best living room furniture decorations are the ones that make you happy. If you collect something, find a way to display it in your main living space. If you are a big reader, you can install shelves to exhibit your book collection. If you are a world traveller, frame a magnetic board and turn your souvenir magnets into a piece of art.