There are very few dwellings in the UK these days which do not contain some form of home accessories; gone are the austere days of purely functional furniture and “everything in its place” and every possible whim is now catered for from the extremely practical items to the more frivolous pieces which are not strictly essential but do make our lives so much more convenient. There are copious outlets on the High Street, on-line and even in our local garden centre and obviously some are of better quality than the other so it pays to take a little more time when choosing exactly what you need based on the price, functionality and visual appeal.
Two decades ago it was considered very chic to have matching wallpaper and curtains and most could be identified immediately as belonging to a certain manufacturer but these days it is near impossible to pin down the actual supplier which is what makes our homes so individual and unique to us reflecting our own very personal taste and portraying our personalities that little bit more. There is not a single room in the average home which has not been “accessorised” to some extent these days and whilst the competition is so great amongst rival companies, we as consumers have a much greater choice and can benefit financially by making the correct selection. Probably the most innovated room would be the kitchen where there is a host of clever and labour saving gadgets which stand side by side with home accessories. From dried flowers to wine racks, from twinkling rattan lights to metal statements declaring how we think; even in the world of ‘integrated chic’ there is always something to accessorise.
The very best home accessories are the simplest as they stand on their own making more of a statement so it is worth considering using perhaps larger objects of a certain shape and colour and marry them up with one of their contemporary pieces and not just odd accessories scattered here and there. It is in fact more than possible to over-accessorise owing to the wealth of pieces available for sale today but by keeping it simple and resisting the temptation to use too many in the same room you can create a flowing and connected feel throughout the house by using them correctly. If we remember that they should always serve a purpose (these objects are completely different from ornaments) it is wise to buy the best you can, there are many stylish tried and trusted companies out there who are known for their value for money and original fashionable designs.
On the subject of themes, it is very simple to be sympathetic to perhaps an older home by using accessories in keeping with its period, or in contrast ‘furnish’ a modern house or apartment to compliment the clean lines and minimalist tendencies. There is so much more to home accessories than cushions and lampshades so by taking a little more time and effort you can easily stamp your individuality on the most important place in your life and make it a welcome and charming retreat full of flair and imagination.