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Underscore Your Favorite Spaces Using Alluring Accent Pieces


One of the fascinating things about interior design is that you can spend as much or as little as you want when redecorating your spaces. If you’re running on a tight budget but are growing tired of the look and feel of your living room, for example, you can freshen things up by incorporating new accent pieces that work with and stand out from the rest of your furniture.

If that sounds interesting, read on to learn more about accent pieces and how you can breathe new life into your home by changing out a few minor pieces of furniture.

What Is an Accent Piece?

As the word implies, accent pieces are intended to complement your existing assemblage of furniture in any particular room. They shouldn’t be too dominant (but they can be imposing), nor should they fade too much into the background. When done correctly, accent pieces add visual interest and heightened design appeal to your space.

While your sofa may still look as good as new, consider how switching out an old piece of accent furniture or adding a new one can introduce more personality to your space to help liven it up. Common pieces of accent furniture and decor include:

  • Credenzas and china cabinets.
  • Armchairs.
  • Coffee and side tables.
  • Drapery.
  • Tablecloths.
  • Pillows and cushions.
  • Wall decor.

Accessorizing with accent pieces is one of the most cost-effective ways to decorate. What’s more, if you already have a steadfast style preference, hunting for the perfect accent pieces to add to your home can be a fun challenge.

If you’re feeling up to it, browse your favorite online or local retailers or, if you’re particularly adventurous, even your local thrift shops and charity stores. Your perfect piece might just be waiting to be found!

If you have other important tasks on your plate, you need not worry about conceptualizing or sourcing accent items yourself; that’s what Decorating Den Interiors is here for. Our interior designers will work with you to pick out the perfect accent pieces for your space, ensuring each item matches your taste and complements your space beautifully.

Tips for Incorporating Accent Pieces Into Your Space

There are a few design rules of thumb when it comes to choosing and curating accent pieces for your home. You’ll want to think about color, texture, size and even function, among other considerations.

To get started, it’s helpful to think about the following before fully committing to a piece of accent furniture or decor:

Color Coordination

Accent pieces should complement the existing color palette of the room they’re placed in. Harmonious colors create cohesion while contrasting palettes can add excitement and intrigue.

Texture Variety

Textures are one of many bread-and-butter elements in design that help add depth and interest to interior spaces.

When it comes to accenting a room, you might choose to use a variety of textures to diversify your design. For example, you could contrast a sleek metal side table with a plush, textured throw over an armchair or sofa.

Scale and Proportion

Nothing’s worse than finding your perfect accent piece only to learn that it’s too small or too large concerning the rest of your space. But trust us, scale matters!

Consider the size of your existing furniture and choose accent pieces that vary in scale to create visual interest and balance within the room.

Form and Function

Two important aspects of design, form and function, serve separate purposes while striving to achieve the same goal: cohesive design.

Ensure that accent pieces serve a purpose, whether that’s stylish storage with an ottoman or decorative lamps for ambient lighting. In contrast, the form or shape of the accent piece should make sense for your aesthetic.

Contact your local Decorating Den Interiors and one of our designers will be happy to show you how to decorate with accent furniture — or even complete a project for you!

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