Use Accessories to Give Your Home a Designer Look

Kathryn Marsh
Written by Kathryn Marsh
Updated June 15, 2021
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Trays can be used to group items or serve drinks. (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Interiors)

Making your house look like it was ripped from the pages of a home decor magazine depends a lot on the type of accessories used.

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Check out some common accessories that interior designers use as everyday staples when creating dream rooms.

Ceramic garden stools

Bring an interesting look to any room with ceramic garden stools. A ceramic garden stool could be just what your living room needs, and they come in an assortment of colors, shapes and styles. They look lovely when two are placed under an entrance table and can easily be pulled into the conversation for extra seating.

Cashmere or wool throws

Add a bit of luxury with a cashmere or wool throw, whatever your preference and personal style may be. Fold them at the bottom of beds, or drape one over the back or arm of a sofa or chair so it’s available to cuddle up with when watching a movie on a chilly night. It’s a great way to add a pop of color to your room. 

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Gilded wall mirrors

Get a sophisticated look by hanging gilded mirrors on your walls. Not just a stylish and tasteful piece, a gilded mirror brings more light and the illusion of more space.

Hurricane lanterns

Hurricane lanterns in glass show off candles and protect them from being blown out by the wind. Place them on dining tables, mantles and console tables. You can also use them as vases.

Lacquered trays

Trays are a very versatile accessory that can be used almost anywhere, including on top of bars, dressers, coffee tables, desks, entrance tables, dining tables and bathroom counters. They are great for grouping varied or similar items.

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Coffee table books

Highlight your interests or places you have been with beautiful coffee table books. Their covers can help to introduce a splash of color to your table, creating visual interest. Stack a couple books and use them to raise an object on the table to add dimension. They are great conversation starters and give your guests something to browse.

Textured baskets

Create tactile and visual interest with textured baskets. Remove visual clutter by using them to keep clothes organized in the laundry room, store blankets in the living room or keep order in children spaces by packing toys away. 

Down throw pillows

a couch with throw pillows
Add a pop of color to a room with throw pillows. (Photo by Katelin Kinney)

Adding new throw pillows to a tired space is a great solution for a quick update, so why not make them down? Down throw pillows are a favorite go-to for that extra luxurious step in sprucing up a room and adding comfort.

Silver picture frames

Gather those favorite family photos that are lying around and place them in silver picture frames. This will go a long way in organizing and giving them a stylish, updated look. Silver frames are an elegant, timeless accessory.

Orchid plants

There is no substitute for indoor plants. They connect us to nature and improve indoor air quality. Orchids are beautiful and exotic. They require minimal care, and their blooms last for months. Place as centerpieces on coffee tables, dining tables and bathroom counters.

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Designers carefully select accessories that bring a look to complete the space, but if you lack confidence when making your selection, remember these go-to pieces that won’t let you down.

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