How to pull off an eclectic look in your space

How to pull of an eclectic look in your space

Going eclectic is a great idea if you’ve collected an assortment of stylish furniture and decorative accessories over the years. While mixing styles is encouraged in the eclectic style though, it’s not a look where you can simply throw pieces together without some consideration. Here are three tips to keep in mind when designing an eclectic space:

How to pull of an eclectic look in your space

1. Achieve the right mix of styles

To keep the room from appearing too chaotic, narrow your focus down to just three or four styles and avoid letting one style dominate the space. If you’re trying to create an eclectic room but are using mostly modern furniture, the remaining styles will look as though they don’t belong. Make sure there is a balance among the different styles so guests aren’t confused upon entering the room.

How to pull of an eclectic look in your space

2. Don’t fear accessories

In some styles, the overuse of accessories is considered a big no-no. This is not the case for eclectic homes, where filling your space with decorative accessories is actually encouraged. So rather than feature just one work of art you admire, hang up a group of four or five pieces of artwork together.

How to pull of an eclectic look in your space

3. Find ways to tie the look together

Unity is the key to designing an eclectic space. Without unity, your room will come off as being random and not put-together. To make sense of the mixture of styles, it’s important to tie the look together through colors and shapes. So if you have a red table in the room, look for ways to add that same color red throughout the room, even if it’s something small like a flower vase.

Eclectic style homes might be hard to pull off, but when done correctly, the look is often cozy and intriguing. Try putting together an eclectic room in your home and let guests be impressed by your skillful interior design skills!

By Wendy Weinert

Defining design terms: What is biomimicry and what does it mean for you?

Defining design terms: What is biomimicry and what does it mean for you?

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Biomimicry. The concept has been sort of a hot topic for designers in recent years, but rarely is it discussed or even heard of by consumers. So let’s change that. Biomimicry might be a discipline used in design but it affects consumers too and can dramatically change our future.

Defining design terms: What is biomimicry and what does it mean for you?

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First of all, what is biomimicry? In basic terms, it is a discipline that focuses on bringing nature inside and using nature as a way of solving human design challenges. You may have noticed the recent trend of nature-inspired products. For example, a chandelier made out of wood or a jute rug created from plant fibers. Well you see, biomimicry relies on the assumption that in the past, nature has already found solutions to many of the problems we as humans are trying to solve. All you have to do is study nature to find the answers.

Defining design terms: What is biomimicry and what does it mean for you?

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Biomimicry is not simply looking at nature and being inspired for a new fabric print, light fixture or table design. It’s much, much more than that. In biomimicry, nature is used not only as inspiration for a product’s aesthetic form, but for its construction, development and process as well.

This might all sound very scientific and a bit confusing, but it’s simpler than you think. In fact, you have actually used products designed following biomimicry without even knowing it. Velcro, for example, is a product of biomimicry. George de Mestral, the inventor of Velcro, came up with the idea after observing the burrs stuck on his dog’s fur and his own clothing. By studying and copying nature, Mestral was able to develop a successful product that is still used today.

Defining design terms: What is biomimicry and what does it mean for you?

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Now that you better understand what biomimicry is and how it’s used in design, why should you care? Well, because finding answers by looking to nature can help designers develop more intelligent and sustainable products, meaning consumers too can benefit from biomimicry. You might even be benefiting from biomimicry right now in your own home! By observing and mimicking the internal structure of a firefly’s lit-up abdomen, researchers have been able to create more efficient LED light bulbs, therefore lowering the cost for consumers who use them.

A sustainable environment is better for everyone, so keep your eyes out for products that were inspired by nature and help biomimicry take on today’s environmental challenges.

By Wendy Weinert

Why pineapples are popular in interior design

Have you ever asked yourself why pineapples are so popular in interior design? Sure it’s a delightful and fun design trend, but what makes this fruit so special?

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Pineapple Medley, Set of Three #612962

Pineapples have been showing up in American interior design for years now and it’s not just because they add a cute design element to one’s home. The reason for this fruit being a popular decorating choice has a lot to do with history and goes way back to the time of Christopher Columbus.

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Pineapples originated in South America, but once they were “discovered” by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the fruit made its way to Europe and became an instant hit. By the 17th century, this sweet fruit made its way to America – and design enthusiasts are grateful that it did! What started out as a delicious piece of fruit eventually became a stylish symbol for hospitality in people’s homes.
In early America, colonists had to import pineapples from the Caribbean and this made the fruit a rare commodity. Those who were lucky – or wealthy enough – to get a pineapple would show it off and use it to adorn their dining table. Since this fruit was so hard to come by, people who were visiting saw a pineapple centerpiece as a compliment and a welcoming gesture. The popular fruit then became symbolic and was more than just a tasty treat. It became a sign of neighborliness and was used to show friendliness toward guests.

It didn’t take long before pineapples moved from the dining table and started showing up in one’s interior design. People would welcome guests into their home with pineapples featured in light fixtures, doors, shutters, bedposts and even wallpaper!

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Ellington by Craftmade Pineapple Matte White 52 Inch Blade Span Outdoor Ceiling Fan And Blades #827446

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Antique Gold Pineapple Table Lamp #444211

Castilian Trading Acanthus Leaves and Pineapple Six-Light Chandelier #475198

Castilian Trading Acanthus Leaves and Pineapple Six-Light Chandelier #475198

Whitehall Products Pewter Silver Pineapple Aluminum Welcome Mat #132922

Whitehall Products Pewter Silver Pineapple Aluminum Welcome Mat #132922

If you love the look of pineapple designs and want to incorporate some historic symbolism into your home’s interior design, show off your hospitality with a stylish pineapple lamp or throw pillow in the living room. Guests will be intrigued by your new décor and be impressed with your welcoming taste.

By Wendy Weinert

Creating a Clean and Contemporary Office Work Space

Most employers allow a certain amount of workstation “flair” that employees can decorate their offices with. While some may choose to adorn every square inch of their walls with pictures of friends, family, and pets – this constant reminder what you’re missing can become rather distracting. Creating an optimal, yet inspiring workplace requires the right balance of visual pop with as little clutter as possible.

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With slight exception to tech companies and ad agencies you can fully expect the average workstation to be gray, beige, or the international color of boring…taupe. There is no better way to counter the void than with a brightly colored accent piece. The contrast between the clinically inspired desk and wall colors adds a much needed burst of visual stimulation. Be sure not to overextend the accent color – a greater impact will be achieved if this is a pop of color rather than a workplace theme.

Lamps are a great addition to any work space and can be used as your primary accent piece. Even in well-lit offices the addition of a desk lamp can provide a serene area perfect for reading lengthy documents. Combined with a daylight bulb, the glow of lamp can provide a warm and inviting atmosphere in your workplace. The clean and pop-art inspired lines of the “Profile” Table Lamp by Kenroy Home present a whimsical pop of color and visual stimulation consistent with a contemporary workspace layout. Additionally, a large complaint about workplace lighting comes from the use of overhead fluorescent tube lighting. Convincing your employer to remove or dim bulbs over your workstation in favor of a smaller desk lamp can literally save you from a lot of headaches.

Photo provided by Kenroy Home

Photo provided by Kenroy Home

In most cases all of your “go-to” items can be confined to a decorative tray – this keeps important papers and supplies in a well organized manner. While all these items can be neatly stacked on your desk, the decorative tray provides an added level of comfort and style to your work space. Smaller inset trays and jars can be applied as well to keep items such as paper clips, push-pins, and writing instruments nicely arranged.

Flowers and other plants can provide a soothing atmosphere to counterbalance an influx of calls or demanding emails. In celebration of the 2014 Pantone color of the year – a well placed orchid can provide an elegant touch to your now streamlined desk. Just like the other accents in this modern design theme – smaller is better.

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Instead of a wall of photos, use your computer’s desktop background to prominently display pictures of loved ones. Most operating systems come pre-stocked with a photo-slide screensaver – this gives you a visual reminder friends and family while you’re at work, without the desk clutter. Remember to keep it simple when creating a modernly inspired workstation you should strive for the perfect balance of form and function, with a minimalist design philosophy.

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19 Big Interior Design Blunders

Phot by: MandCo (Flickr)

Phot by: MandCo (Flickr)

Decorating and designing is something that comes naturally for some and is learned by others. I love interior design and enjoy everything for deciding where to place furniture, hang pictures, choosing color palettes, and accessorizing a room appropriately for its size and shape. Don’t worry about making mistakes; even the best professionals mess up at times. It is through our mistakes that we grow and become better. Here are 19 interior design blunders that I see commonly in homes that should always be avoided. You might be doing a few of these things now.

Matching Furniture

While it is great to have coordinating furniture, having several pieces with the same colors, fabric, and pattern is overwhelming in a room.

Bad Paint Job

Painting a wall has more steps than choosing a color and quickly brushing it on the wall. The walls should be cleaned, primed, taped off, and rolled with the right equipment.

Over styling

Even the best decorators out there can get a little carried about. Every surface or shelf doesn’t have to have decorations on them. Remember, less is often more.

Choosing the Paint Color First

You may love a paint color, but trying to find furniture, drapes, and rugs to match it can be difficult. It is best to find a piece of artwork that inspires you. A painting could pull several colors together and help you discover the perfect paint for your wall.

No Space Plan

This is a common mistake people make. They go to a furniture store and buy two big beautiful couches. When they get home, the couches don’t fit quite how they want and make the room awkward or feel small. Always measure the room and the space you need to walk and move around comfortably.

Dark Colors on the Wall

Unless your room is full of windows and bright lights, it is best to avoid dark colors except on a small accent wall.

Furniture Scale and Placement

While you don’t want couches too big for a room, you also want to avoid hanging small pictures on a wall. Bigger accessories are always better than lots of small ones.

Having More Than One Focal Point in a Room

Always have a focal point in a room, but never have two. Going into a room should be relaxing on the eyes, but when there is too much going on it is exhausting.

Too Many Styles

You might love the farmhouse kitchen, modern bathroom, traditional bedroom, and contemporary living room, but you need to focus on one style and stick to it. You can add little touches of other styles here and there, but it is best to never stray away.

Hanging Curtains too Low

Hang curtains several inches above windows to open up rooms and give the walls an illusion of being taller than they are.

Forgetting the Outside

While decorating and remodeling a home’s interior, the outside is often neglected and overlooked. It is the first thing people see before ever stepping inside your home and will be the first impression you make.

Hanging Art Poorly on the Wall

An art piece can make a huge impact on a space if hung properly. Don’t let it be too high or low for a space.

Poor Budgeting

Set a realistic budget and stick with it. You don’t want to be stuck with expensive drapes and not enough money left over to purchase couches.

Not Hiring a Professional

I love to do DIY projects, but even I know when it is time to hand it over to the professionals. There are many advantages to hiring someone to help out and it can often save you money.

Too Many Photos

Your family might be beautiful, but too many photos shoved in one space can look cluttered and tacky. Photo albums are a great place to keep your pictures and are fun for guests to browse through while relaxing on the couch.

Too Many Rugs

Rugs can add color and pattern to a room, but they can also cover up gorgeous floors and the beauty in simplicity.

Forgetting the Lighting

Lamps and ceiling light can change the entire mood of a room. When decorating and designing spaces, don’t forget about the lighting.

Rushing into a Project

Jumping on a project can be costly if you realize shortly after it isn’t what you want anymore. Waiting until you have saved enough, shopped around enough, and thought about it long enough, will save you money and be something that will last for years.

Choosing Style over Comfort

A room should reflect your personality and your lifestyle. Stiff couches and awkward furniture arrangements might look nice, but when it comes time to sit back and watch TV, it will only make your neck and back hurt.

by Wendy Weinert

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Doing Interior Designs the Right Way

Photo By: Wicker Paradise (Flickr)

Photo By: Wicker Paradise (Flickr)

Interior design is a complicated thing. There are many colors, patterns, architectural elements, and fabrics that go with all the many different styles. While I find myself drooling over countless pictures of farmhouse kitchens or contemporary bedrooms, when it comes to decorating my own house, I want it to reflect my personality. Choosing your style is the first and most important step in decorating. Once you have selected what fits you best, the rest will fall into place. No matter what your style is, there are the same interior design elements found among them.

The first interior design element you will need to choose is color. Colors should bring warmth into the room and make it a place you want to be in. If a room is lacking in natural lighting from windows, opt for a lighter shade of your favorite paint color. Neutral grays and tans give a room a comfortable and classy look. While whites are bright and add light to a room, they can also feel cold. Add bright pillows, frames, rugs, or lamps to a white room to bring a touch of warmth. A dark accent wall can add depth and a natural focal point.

After choosing your colors, it is time to create a mood. This might sound strange, but interior design is all about making a house a home. There is nothing like walking into a living room to find poor lighting and every piece of furniture centered around the television. While every room should have a focal point, it doesn’t have to be the TV. Set up the couches and chairs for conversation. Arranging couches this way can make a huge impact on a room.

Make the room inviting with the best use of lighting fixtures and lamps. While natural lighting is a big plus for rooms, when it is dark outside, it doesn’t matter how big your windows are. Hang or set up lights in a triangle pattern to evenly space them throughout the room. Add extra lighting around the focal point of the room, such as can lights above the fireplace or kitchen stove. For a romantic mood, add lights that can easily dim and brighten.

Here are additional sources to help you on your path to successful interior design.

Top Interior Design Tips for Beginners – Not everyone can throw a room together and have it look magazine-worthy. These tips are great to help anyone learn a few things about decorating.

Fool Proof Paint Colors – Choosing paint colors can be stressful, but these paint colors will impress anyone.

Interior Design Tips Album – Some of the best ways to learn about interior design is through photos and this inspirational album does just that.

Interior Design Tips for Living Rooms – Follow these simple steps and you can have your living room be looking like a professional did it.

Add Value to Your Home with Interior Design – While remodeling a room can add value to your home, paint and a little decorating can make your home stand-put amongst the rest.

Five Ways to Enhance a Small Space – If your space is feeling a little cramped, try these five tips to enhance a small room and get the most out of it.

Tips for Family Room Seating – Instead of buying the biggest sectional you can find, it might be a better idea to purchase two small couches. Read this article for great advice for family room seating.

Combine Colors Like a Design Expert – If you want to add color to a wall but lack the confidence, read this article to know which colors to combine for the desired mood.

Living Room Decorating Ideas – Adding a few touches of décor here or there can make a room feel complete and homier. Read these forty ideas to decorate your living room.

Entry Wall Colors that are Easy on Your Eyes – Check out these stunning entries.

by Wendy Weinert

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A year in review: looking back on 2013

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Are you ready for the new year? This one sure seems to have flown by! Now that January is only days away, let’s take a moment to look back on this past year before we start looking ahead. 2013 was full of a lot activity! Some of the top stories include were Oamacare, the tragedy of the Boston marathon bombing, Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian expecting a baby, and the royal birth of Kate and Prince William, to the newest addition to the iPhone family, and the viral videos of Grumpy cat.

The year 2013 featured many new interior design trends – some that are here to stay and others that will probably be outdated in just a couple of years. Bellacor would like to share with you some of our customer’s top picks. Who knows? Looking back may just inspire you to spruce up your interior design moving forward into the new year!

Top interior design trends overall

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Remember our article on Cameron Diaz’s New York apartment? Well, the use of brass was a dominant theme in Cameron’s interior

design as well as being pretty big trend in nation wide. Other trends that were big in 2013, and look like are here to stay next year as well, include the use of bright paint colors, artwork for your whole home, adding texture and decorating with stripes. Is it time to give your home a fresh look? Consider incorporating one or more of these fun design fads into your interior design.

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If you want to change up your interior design for the New Year, get inspired by Bellacor’s customers and their favorite products from 2013! Many of Bellacor’s top products on Bellacor.com or that were pinned by customers this year were light fixtures. Follow the trend and switch out a dull light fixture for a new chandelier or hanging pendants. If you’re looking to change up the look in your bathroom, customers were particularly impressed with our selection of three-light bath fixtures.

Light fixtures are definitely are a customers top pick! Check these out (click on the images and it will take you to the product page to learn more):

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Other Popular Items for 2013
Other popular items for the year 2013 included comforter sets and duvet cover sets. If you’re comforter is a little worse for wear, transform the look of your bedroom and start the New Year with a stylish new bedspread! A simple change like a new comforter or a duvet cover can work wonders to change the look of a room.

duvet coverDon’t forget about your accent furniture that can be used in multiple rooms throughout your house – as well a great cake plate! You, our customers have voted!

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What were your favorite design trends or Bellacor products of 2013? Leave a comment and let us know!

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“Couture & Décor”: How Fashion & Interior Design Will Change Lifestyles In 2014

In your mind’s eye, imagine a highway winding through the natural countryside. On this highway are two automobiles—both made in Detroit of course—driving in two separate lanes, but in the same direction. Occasionally, one car speeds ahead of the other, but eventually the other vehicle always catches up. And while neither car merges into the others lane completely, sometimes their tires casually cross the dotted line. In the end, however, both cars arrive at the same destination, together and on time.

Similarly, Fashion and Interior Design are much like those two cars on the same highway. They transport how people style themselves from point A to point B in the future. And although they are in the aforementioned  “separate lanes”, there is a very thin line between them since both find creative strength from similar inspirations. Why? Because they share the same goal: helping consumers arrive at a gorgeous destination.fashion-sketches

For example, the same couture fabrics and color themes that are seen on models on the runway during Fashion Week in Paris are also being used by high end interior designers across the world to outfit furniture, window treatments and even wall colors. From texture to fit to color, the parallels of fashion and interiors are simply amazing.

For the next few moments we will explore three different ways that Interior Décor will be influenced by couture fashion in 2014. The three trends we’re going to examine are as follows: 1.) Color Fusion 2.) Patterns & Wall Décor and 3.) Mixing Metals

Color Fusion: What will be the color trends for 2014 in interior design?

Tangerine: We saw tangerine trending in fashion in 2011, but it didn’t quite catch on as strongly with interior design as forecasters anticipated. Since it has been incubating in the public’s consciousness for some time now, expect it to return with a vengeance next year. Tangerine is a very versatile color. While it’s not a neutral, it does “play well” with others. Pair it with citrus, black, crème, chocolate or gray to give your living space the feel of a jet-setting experience.

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Jewel Tones: Inspired by fashion, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green will also continue their dominance in interior design and decoration next year. These cooler colors are stunning as velvets on large furnishings like sofas and chairs or as silks and linens for window treatments.

Patterns & Wall Décor: How will Fashion influence Interior Design regarding patterns and wall décor next year?

Plaid will continue to be a popular go-to pattern in homes. Whether it’s featured on fabrics by Ralph Lauren, Oscar De La Renta, or other masters, rich color combinations in plaids of varying scales will dominate in many interiors in 2014. Because plaids can be both masculine and feminine in their execution expect many different interpretations of their usage.

Another big trend next year will be using wallpaper in versatile ways. For some time, wallpaper wasn’t in vogue, but that attitude has changed drastically with the arrival of amazing selections inspired by couture fashion. Look for ground-breaking choices that feature textures like bling, wood veneers and unusual artwork as found in stunning new collections from Fornasetti for Cole & Son. And don’t forget to consider your ceiling as option for coverage!

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Mixing Metals: A third area Fashion will influence Interior Design in 2014 involves mixing metals.

For many years it was considered a faux pas to mix silver and gold accessories in interior decorating. But that is no longer the case. Just as fashion has broken the rules in terms of jewelry and fabric combinations, so too as Interior Design made it acceptable to mix and match different finishes.

So don’t be afraid to place a gold chandelier over a sofa with silver nail-heads. Or to hang artwork with varying frames in silver, bronze, gold, crystal and black together on one wall salon-style. Remember, that variety is the spice of life—and it’s also the mark of strong interior decorating.

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In conclusion, remember that fashion and interior design have been and forever will be in a symbiotic relationship. When you watch models strutting their stuff down the catwalk, imagine those same fashions, those patterns, those colors as inspiration for how you decorate your home. May we all watch 2014 with keen anticipation as interior design and fashion continue to take us down the high road of style!

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Share your Personality with a Clock!

Decorating your home is an excellent way to display your personality and add “you” into your interior design. While every color, piece of furniture and accessory you choose reflects your style to some degree, there are certain items that can capture the essence of you better than others. One of those items is a crucial piece of décor that often gets overlooked — your clock.

A clock can do more than just tell time and take up space. It can be functional and still show a part of your personality! Here are different character traits you might have, and clocks that match:

Bold and adventurous

Infinity Instruments The Midas Wall ClockDo you consider yourself an adventurous spirit? Than be daring and find a clock that is bold like yourself. You can choose a clock that features a bright, loud color like red or orange. Another cool idea is to hang up a clock that has no numbers at all! There are many clocks that only have hands and structural shapes like lines and circles to represent numbers. They may be harder to read, but they will certainly liven up your living space!

Unique and one-of-a-kind

Control Brands Copper New Haven Melting Shelf Sitter Clock

If you pride yourself on being one-of-a-kind, find a clock that looks like no other! The Melting Shelf Sitter Clock from Control Brands is a perfect example of an unusual clock. The unique “melting” design and beautiful bronze finish will attract the attention of guests and keep them staring.

No-nonsense and straightforward

27-Inch Wooden Wall Clock with Black Frame and Roman Numerals

Just because you like your décor to be simple, doesn’t mean that it can’t also be stylish! A simplistic style looks great in modern homes and a no-nonsense clock will present a sharp look. Try to find clocks that feature a minimalistic design and only one to two colors.

Silly and fun

Control Brands Multi-Colored Novelty Bath Wall ClockYou’re never too old for a little silliness! If you make fun a priority in your life, add it into your interior design as well. A novelty clock is a great way to show off some of your personality or interests. You can also look for a colorful timepiece that is in the shape of an animal or any object you prefer.

Take some time and think about which traits you want to display in your home. Whatever your personality, there is a clock to match. Make sure you check out all the different styles of decorative clocks that Bellacor offers!

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The Cure for House Envy

Have you ever walked into an acquaintance’s house and immediately felt jealous of their superior interior design? We’ve all been there. House envy is pretty common among homeowners; no matter how much time you spend decorating your home, there’s always someone there to top it.

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It’s time to stop feeling envious of other’s homes and finally feel at peace with your own. Just make some of these minor updates in your home and watch how they transform your interior design!

Photo Credit: This Ivy House

Photo Credit: This Ivy House

Door handles

You probablyblue door knob spent hours deciding which furniture looked best in the living room or what bed was most comfortable for a good night’s sleep. But did you think about what door handles would look best in each room?

Most people don’t think that a door handle can affect the look of one room much, but that’s because they aren’t considering their options. Just look at the stunning blue Victorian Glass Door Knob. Now that’s a door knob that is both functional and stylish!

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Light fixtures

With so many styles of light fixtures currently available, you have the chance to really make an impact in a room without even taking up space! Consider hanging up a unique chandelier or a unique hanging pendant in a room that could use a boost of visual appeal. A stylish light fixture will do a lot more for a room’s design than the standard light and fan combo ever could.

 Surya Rugs 22-Inch Square Papyrus and Blue Multi-Color Floral Polyester Pillow Cover with Down Insert

Accent pieces

Accent pieces could be a variety of different furnishings, so what you choose will depend on the amount of space you have and your functional needs. If you already have most of your furniture, set some accent pillows on a couch to add color and style to the living room. Use a uniquely designed accent table to hold your coffee or glass of water. You can even make your entryway more exciting with a hall tree bench to hang up coats and store shoes.

Overall, the key to loving your home’s interior design is to pay attention to the details. Who knows – with a few tweaks and changes here and there, your friends might even start feeling jealous of your home!

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