Great rooms don't just happen. They take a bit of thought and coordination to fulfill their potential as the welcoming, comfortable and functional spaces they are meant to be. Whether you're looking for a standout piece of furniture or a dramatic piece of wall art, be patient until you find something that stands out and represents you! If, on the other hand, your rooms feel cluttered, move in the opposite direction: Remove all non-essentials from the room. Return favorite pieces one or two at a time, and gauge the results before proceeding. Purchase new accessories as needed. It works!
Create a Harmonious Whole
If your decor is restrained, traditional or slightly formal, add a striking piece of modern sculpture, a unique coffee table, or invest in a contemporary grandfather clock to create dramatic synergy. On the other hand, if your lifestyle tends toward beach-oriented casual, consider a classic Oriental rug, a repurposed antique chest or a rustic chandelier -- just for fun and contrast. The juxtaposition of past and present makes for lively home decor.
Divest yourself from the things that give you no pleasure. Strive for impact and functionality rather than "fullness." A sparsely furnished and minimally accessorized room can be extremely tranquil. If you cannot bear to dispose of family photos, treasured antiques or sports trophies, rotate your display rather than showing everything at once.
Consider the Total Effect
Choose accents carefully to reflect your personality and complement your interests. The right accent pieces will make a room feel finished, but it's important to be aware of the following:
Scale and Proportion
Texture and Color
Balance and Symmetry
The goal is to surround yourself with what you love, whether those pieces include upholstered bench seating, unique decorative accessories or a standout dining table and chairs.