Your holiday decorations have been packed away for weeks. You’ve been decluttering & organizing. Now is a great time to look at your space with a fresh eye. If you are looking to add a few new decorating accessories, these 5 should top your list. Not only are they beautiful, but they’re also versatile, affordable & multi-functional!
These are the items that prop stylists reach for again and again because they work virtually anywhere. Just like your favorite pair of shoes can complete an outfit, these pieces help complete a room.
Essential Decorating Accessory #1- Serving Trays
Serving trays can be used absolutely anywhere. They are a great way to keep several small items together without looking messy. They can make anything look organized. Or use them to showcase your prettiest accessories. And they work in every room of the house.
You can even use them in the bathroom to corral smaller items.
Use them in the kitchen for serving or even to contain countertop clutter.
When used in your living room, they are perfect for coffee table vignettes.
via All Things Girly
In the bedroom, they can contain nightstand essentials, dresser clutter or a pile of your favorite books.
Brighten up your office by using a serving tray to hold a pretty plant along with your desk supplies.
Here are a few of my favorite serving trays.
Versatile Decorating Accessory #2-Baskets
Beautiful and functional, baskets are also a great way to store things out of sight. As an added bonus, they also add texture to your space.
You can use baskets as art. The baskets in this first picture were sold at West Elm a few years ago. They aren’t available anymore and I regretted not ordering them. Fortunately, I did end up finding another set of wall baskets for my daughter’s room.
via: The Honeycomb Home
You can use the baskets as a serving tray as well. Win/win.
Larger baskets are great for storage. You can hide things in plain sight.
Stack several sturdy lidded baskets to create a multi-functional end table.
Use them to store your extra pillows and throws for a beautiful yet functional display.
Some of my favorite baskets from around the web.
Essential Home Decor #3 – Cylinder Vases
Cylinder vases actually come in all shapes and sizes. These are amazing for creating the height you need in your vignettes. They’re great for displaying florals and branches. You can also use them in the kitchen. I have one that I keep my lemons and limes in. Or you can use them for seasonal displays, for example, ornaments at Christmas. You could fill them with wine corks for added texture. Or group several together for impact…the possibilities are endless.
This cylinder vase brings a little nature and life into the room with fresh greenery.
Creating a grouping of vases for a simple centerpiece.
A smaller vase on a nightstand looks perfectly understated.
This next photo is from the 2015 HGTV Dream Home. I counted at least 10 cylinder vases throughout this house!
Here a few cylinder vases in various shapes and sizes to get you started.
#4 – Mini Boxwood Wreaths
Wreaths make great decorating accessories, but even more so when they’re mini.
The small wreaths are more versatile than the larger ones. Hang them from just about anywhere, set them on a shelf, or use around a candle as a centerpiece. They also provide a natural element.
After ordering one of these, I loved it so much I ordered a second one. The third is on its way now. 🙂
Propped up on a shelf or a mantel, they add texture. Their round shape also helps to offset the boxiness of the shelves.
Create a simple, natural wall hanging by hanging them from a branch.
Hang one from a mirror for added interest!
I love them hanging from the back of a dining chair, especially around the holidays.
Here are a few boxwood wreaths from around the web.
#5 – Sheepskin Rugs
These little rugs are so versatile. I ordered one awhile back to throw over a metal desk chair that needed some cushion and I fell in love with the thing. They work with just about any decor, and look amazing contrasted with wood elements. The small Ikea rugs are so inexpensive, you could even get several and group them together for an area rug.
And on a side note, my dog loved this sheepskin rug better than he loved his dog bed.
If you have any old benches lying around, toss a sheepskin rug over it for instant chic!
Draped over the sofa, it adds texture.
They make great area rugs as well.
When it comes to decorating accessories, layering is a trick of the trade. See how they’re used here behind the pillows.
They help soften up hardwood seating in the dining room.
I’ve rounded up a few sheepskin rugs in a variety of sizes for you.
So there you have your 5 most versatile decorating accessories! Aren’t they just the most hard-working little decor items?