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Home Decorating Accents

Redecorating a home is an amazing adventure. With home decorating, you will paint the walls, hang new window treatments, buy new carpeting, flooring, or an area rug, and perhaps even buy new furniture. However, to make any room-decorating project successful, you need to remember the accents. Without the right accents in any redecorated room, nothing is complete.

The key to working with accents is to show off personal keepsakes such as family photos or artwork. Additionally, while there are some accent pieces to be expected, also choose things that are unusual and interesting. Finding the right items can be a fun adventure. In fact, start by looking at things you have stored away in the basement or attic. You will probably be surprised by what you find. From there, go to garage sales, auctions, and estate sales, looking for things that will provide the perfect accent to your room.

When choosing accents, the first thing is to determine where each will be placed. You want accents to be focal points in the room. Therefore, you need to put them in locations where the eyes will be drawn to when someone enters the room. For example, if you have a fireplace, obviously that will be the focal point of the room. Therefore, use that focal point as a location for accents, using artwork, candles, sculptures, and so on.

The key to good accenting is to use only what is necessary. When you put too many things out to be seen, what happens is that the room begins to look cluttered rather than impressive. If you do have many items that you want displayed, then keep them together in a curio cabinet. This way, the cabinet is part of the accent and the display is organized.

Other suggestions include keeping your collections together rather than scattered around the room. For example, if you collect figurines of animals, keep them grouped together. If you collect silver or pewter pieces, again, keep them together. By doing this, you create a powerful statement that is eye-catching.

For family photographs, keep them in a collection of eight, ten, or more. If you plan to hang your photographs, then use different size frames, arranging them in interesting ways rather than the standard box-like pattern. If you have a corner of the room that you simply do not know what to do with, a floor screen would be the perfect accent. Additionally, plants are always great accent items and because you can purchase lifelike silk plants, if you are not very good at growing, you can still have a beautiful plant or tree in your room.

Mirrors are also great accents that can lengthen a room. The nice thing about using mirrors is that they create a reflection in front, which is perfect for amplifying light. Just be sure to place the mirror where it will add interest or enhance a focal point in the room. For example, hanging a mirror above a fireplace would be ideal. Throw pillows and afghans are also accents that add warmth and color, baskets placed on top of an armoire or cabinet, shadow boxes, and shelves are also excellent accents that will make any room inviting and cozy.
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