6 Decor Features Every Room Needs

  • 01 of 07

    Spruce Up Your Decor

    textured pillow
    A Beautiful Mess

    When decorating a room, we always make sure we've got the basics covered–from furniture like couches and coffee tables, to textiles like rugs and curtains, to smaller elements like plants and candles. But what about that little extra something that makes a room really feel special?

    These 6 decor features are necessary to bring a room to life and to make it feel like yours!

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  • 02 of 07


    Making Home Base

    All-white or all-beige rooms can feel sterile and lifeless. Monochromatic schemes are fine, but it may be a good idea to inject a little energy with some pops of color on accessories or a piece of painted furniture, like this beautiful mint nightstand.

    DIY Mint Painted Nightstand from Making Home Base

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  • 03 of 07

    Something Living!

    Local Creative

    Houseplants do wonders for a space. No green thumb?  No problem! Try out some trendy succulents, which are very hardy and an easy-to-grow houseplant.  

    Trees add wonderful height and life to a room as well. Alternatively, faux houseplants can also look very realistic!

    Fresh-cut flowers are another avenue, and can last up to two weeks if you care for them properly. Make an inexpensive bouquet from the grocery store look more stylish with these tips. A small vase of flowers on the kitchen counter or...MORE coffee table, or a houseplant or two by a sunny window instantly makes a place feel more homey. Try it, you'll see.

    DIY Flower Centerpiece from The Spruce

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  • 04 of 07

    Something Black

    chalkboard accent
    House By Hoff

    Designers often offer this piece of advice and it's no wonder: it works! If your room feels like it's missing something, try adding something black. Whether it's a piece of accent furniture, a set of picture frames, a lampshade, or a chalkboard-painted sign, you'll see improvement in the room by adding black, which seems to ground the space and bring order to disparate pieces. Touches of black can also modernize or lend sophistication to a color scheme.

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  • 05 of 07


    textured pillow
    A Beautiful Mess

    Bringing in texture through baskets, throws and rugs adds a layer of interest and polish to a room. If your sofa has great pillows, but still seems uninviting, a throw can make a difference. Likewise, layering a throw on the end of a bed can tie everything together. Woven baskets for firewood, toys, extra pillows or books are another great way to add texture to a space, not to mention restore order to a cluttered room. Finally, if you like monochromatic rooms, texture can be a great way to add...MORE interest without deviating from your palette.

    DIY Textured Woven Pillow from A Beautiful Mess

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  • 06 of 07


    interior detail of cabinet open shelving
    Aleksander Novoselski / Stocksy United

    It's hard to imagine a room without books in it. Whether there are coffee table tomes in the living room, cookbooks in the kitchen, or a basket of children's books in the family room, it's easy to envision how books can live happily in any room. Don't have built-in bookcases? No problem! There are lots of unique ways to store and display your books. However, you needn't feel as though you have to be an avid reader, nor should you feel like you have to have whole bookcases fill...MOREed with books.  Books can simply be used as beautiful objects in a display, and they can add height to other items you might want to showcase.

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  • 07 of 07


    gallery wall
    Oh Joy

    If your room feels like a furniture showroom, chances are you haven't added in enough of your own personality. Your home should be a reflection of who lives there, so try to highlight your family's hobbies, interests or travels through accessories that reflect those stories.

    Instead of your usual haunts, why not shop off the beaten track at places like Etsy, garage sales or flea markets? Items that lend a sense of history, as well as tell your own meaningful story, make great conversation...MORE pieces and infuse a room with life. Photographs are only one way to do this. Framed memorabilia, objects acquired on trips or collections are other ways to infuse your room with personality.