We shall discuss three examples of home accents, and how these home furnishing accessories can be used to their best advantage. Let’s start with something simple: mirrors. Fundamentally, all mirrors are the same – they reflect light. It is what light they reflect, how they reflect it and also how the mirror is framed that makes the difference between success and disaster.
A common mistake is to have mirrors wrongly placed, even though they are likely the most important accents with respect to siting. They can be used at the end of a hall to open it up, and reflect light when the front door is opened. By hanging a mirror opposite a window you can brighten up a room, and also increase its depth.
Never hang a mirror in a dark space unless it reflects artificial lighting, or light when doors are opened. Some people can work wonders with a combination of mirrors and lighting using spotlights, candles and appropriate lamps (more on these later.) If you have a garden with a picture window looking over it, hang a mirror to reflect the view from the window.
That is how to put furnishing accessories to work as genuine home accents that stamp your personality on your house. Now let’s have a look at lamps and how they can be used as furnishing accessories rather than just for lighting.
Decorative lamps have two purposes: to light up your house and to offer home accents that will provoke comment and discussion. Lamps are forms of furnishing accessories that can transform a room at low cost, and there is an almost infinite selection of them available to you. Whether you use floor lamps, free-standing lanterns or table-top lamps you are sure to find something to suit your existing home decor.
Lamps are home accents that offer varying ways of matching or contrasting with your decorative style. The base of the lamp can be glass, metal, ceramic, wood or practically any other material you can think of! It can be in any color and any of literally thousands of designs.
Then we come to the lampshades. These can match or contrast with the color of the base, and some clever people choose a base to match one of the main colors in a room, and a shade to match another. It is always possible to pick out one color or another because there is such a large selection of lamps available
Finally, the lamp itself, often known as the light bulb. This can be made using glass that has been dyed or stained to produce light of a specific color. A mellow yellow gives your room warmth, and a pale blue or orange glow lends a specific character to a room. The beauty of using lamps as furnishing accessories is the number of options available for you to experiment with.
Rugs can also be used as furnishing accessories, because they can be chosen to suit your decorative style and also to reflect your mood. Some rugs are expensive, but others are not, and just like mirrors and lamps, they can be changed when the mood takes you. Rugs can be used in any size of house, from a Marietta colonial mansion to a small Atlanta apartment.
You can have floral patterns or bold geometric shapes – a multitude of flowing colors or a single bold primary color. You can use an expensive oriental rug for show, or a cheap square rug to protect your carpet. You can switch them around and can use a rug in the center of a wooden floor – it helps deaden the booming sound that many all-wooden floored houses sometimes have.