By Cassy Young, 2016 recipient of the International “Dream Room Award”
Although a supporting player for years, accent furniture has recently taken spotlight status as the star in home décor.
Certainly, these pieces still serve the purpose of providing interest in an already functional room, but more often these days, designers are using accent furniture for all their furniture needs.
Gone are the days of the matching set’s dominance. In fact, the seeming consensus holds that the matching suite of furniture is a somewhat dull design option.
Intriguing designs in a wide range of prices make accent furnishings the perfect choice for those homeowners seeking a change.
If you usually play it safe by having everything match, now is the time to step out of your comfort zone and dare to be eclectic.
In the living room, if you have matching tables, chairs and lamps – divide and conquer. Remove one or two of your wood tables and replace with a glass-topped, iron-based table. Add a single ottoman or a chair covered in a dramatic animal print. Eliminate one of a pair of table lamps and substitute with a stately floor lamp. If all your upholstered furniture sports the same fabric, break the monotony by recovering one or two pieces. Consider switching out your accent pillows to some with updated prints.
Often homeowners feel stuck with a suite of bedroom furniture. It is very effective and can make a striking difference if you change the bed.
Introduce a sumptuous padded headboard or an impressive iron-canopy bed. You can also break up the set of bedside tables and replace one with a rectangular skirted table, a round-tiered table or a painted chest. Add an upholstered bench to the end of your bed for functional beauty.
In your dining room, replace the two end chairs with fully upholstered ones that are of a different style and color than the side chairs.
Or eliminate the china cabinet and replace it with a beautiful buffet and a grand mirror. If you have enough room, a mirrored or glass bar cart will add a special touch.
With the addition of unique accent pieces, you can work around many of your existing furnishings to spice up your home’s décor, while giving your home a personal look and feel.
There are many options and prices available in the market. Call your personal decorator to find out how you can add some accent furniture to change the feel of your home.