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Choosing the Right Living Room Accessories

As the interior design of your living room takes the space itself into consideration, so too is it based on your lifestyle. In our homes, we subconsciously (or consciously) communicate what we love and appreciate through our belongings. This is especially true when it comes to the accessories we choose. Wall art, souvenirs, heirlooms, and photographs are just some of the items that are often used to share memories and untold stories…and to make the design of a space more interesting. To those ends, here are five types of accessories we deem as must-haves in the living room.

Wall Art + Photographs

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Even in the most lightly accessorized homes, wall art is a charming addition to your living room. What I love about wall art is that it can be used to create a number of focal points in your home, and the arrangement is often based on personal style. One of the most common layouts for wall decor is the equidistant layout, which gives the artwork an equal amount of space between their borders. Or you can be unique, and carefully arrange items in a random fashion to create an eclectic art wall.

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As a type of wall art, photographs establish focal points and are even more visually effective when displayed well. When given a suitable platform, the memorable moments, favorite people, and gorgeous locales shown in photos draw attention front and center. The photographs shown above are displayed like a triptych, where a set of associated artistic works are displayed together. The method of displaying associated art pieces together establishes a beautiful visual flow of the subject, and can be done with different photos.


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While the process to obtain them is the best part, it is also fun to bring souvenirs into your living room decor. By following a set color palette and experimenting with different heights and widths of paired accessories, you can curate an attractive display composed of nostalgic possessions.


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Used alone as accent decor or in multi-dimensional pairs for balance, vases work very well as their own accessory or with florals. As pictured, a coffee table is a natural area for vases to call home. Generally, vases can be placed anywhere they do not interrupt a view or create clutter…or can be easily broken. In the case where a vase is a valuable heirloom, a transparent display box or curio cabinet is a charming and friendly way to safely store and display the fragile vase.


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Adding houseplants or floral arrangements to a living room literally gives the room life. And depending on the type, size and planter or vase you choose, plants can actually help you achieve a complete modern design. The big floppy leaves of certain tropical plants and the delicate fronds of ferns can have a softening effect, providing balance to what might otherwise feel like a stark arrangement of furniture. Conversely, greenery like succulents and cacti can provide low-maintenance structure in a space.


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Vanity is not all that mirrors are used for. The reflective glass panels are an elegant accessory, and can boost the sense of space in a room while giving it a refresh. Mirrors go well over fireplaces, behind sofas, or even standing against the wall.

Pulling It All Together

My favorite accessorizing tip is to start with what you already own, and place each piece where you feel it belongs. But if you’re starting fresh, then begin with the most common accessories like mirrors and wall art. Personally, as I collect souvenirs from travelling or from friends and family, I’ll continue to add the pieces to my art wall or table top decor, as long as the magnitude of decor fits my personality.

If you have a lot of accessories, don’t feel like you have to have them all on display at the same time. Clutter doesn’t look good, can actually make you feel stressed, and doesn’t allow you to really see and appreciate each piece. Curate decor seasonally, or just whenever you want a refresh in your living room.

What’s your favorite living room accessory? Please share them with us below in the comments.


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