We’ve all seen them—the photos on Instagram and Pinterest featuring homes that look so…perfectly imperfect. Rooms that are highly designed and considered but also look comfortable, inviting, and actually lived in. We’re living in our homes, well, every day. We have the sofa, the rug, and the accent furniture. So why does that effortless, lived-in-but-considered look feel so difficult to achieve? What’s missing?
What it really comes down to is the little things. The decorative accents, home decor, lighting, and storage solutions that make your home feel personalized and put together. And these little things are actually quite simple to incorporate into your home! So, we’ve rounded up a list of our best home decor ideas that help make any room feel complete. So, here’s our list of 13 essential finishing touches that make a space feel finished and put together!
For Adding a Pop of Personality
Decorative accents—like pillows, throws, vases, book ends, and other decorative objects—add a pop of personality to any room. And it’s home decor like this that takes a space from strictly functional to styled and thoughtfully curated. They can totally change the look and feel of a room (without breaking the bank).
In search of the perfect piece to tie your living room together? Or maybe you’ve been googling bedroom ideas in search of that special ‘something’ your space is missing. Look no further than throw pillows!
Throw pillows have a way of adding personality to any room and are the perfect way to tie together the colors and patterns in your space. They’re a must-have for both your sofa and your bed—and can also be incorporated into other spaces throughout your home. You can mix and match different patterns, colors, and textures for a pop of personality, or simply use them to tie together your color palette. And you can swap them out seasonally to change up the vibe in your living room or bedroom.
For your sofa, you can go minimal with just one or two, take a more traditional approach with groupings of two to three in each corner, or go all out boho with piles of pillows across the whole sofa! On a bed, we recommend starting with two matching throw pillows plus a lumbar pillow. It’s a timeless look and saves you from spending time removing and replacing pillows from your bed each morning and night! But you can always build from there to get the look you want.
Keep your home cozy with a mix of throws throughout. Throws add texture, color, pattern, and cozy layers to your space and are one of our favorite living room or bedroom ideas to take your space to the next level. Just imagine a throw artfully draped over a chair or folded at the end of the bed. Sounds cozy, right?
And they aren’t just for cold-weather months. Keep some chunky knits on hand for the fall and winter, and have some lighter, breezy options for spring and summer. And throws don’t have to be basic, either. You can find options that accentuate your style and personality—whether that’s incorporating some fun patterns, finding throws with pom pom accents, or just going for some soft, cozy neutrals.
A bare bookcase or empty coffee table doesn’t give your room that polished look. So, add personality to any room with accent decor! You can style your surfaces with a mix of accents like vases, books, art prints, planters, and decorative objects. This not only fills empty spaces throughout your rooms, but it adds a personal touch and helps polish off your look. Accent decor can also act as conversation starters that people will ask about when you have guests over!
For a minimal look, keep it simple and don’t over-clutter surfaces. But you can also rev it up for a more eclectic or maximalist vibe! For other styles, you may want a mix of decorative and useful objects that add personality. And you can always move pieces from room to room when you need a change of pace! It’s a great way to give your home a refresh without spending extra money.
For Layered Lighting
Dark rooms feel anything but finished. That’s why lighting is a fun and functional decor must-have for any room. In fact, layered lighting is the key to a cozy, relaxing space. Lighting can completely change the vibe of a room. (Consider the difference between overhead fluorescent lighting and the diffused light of a floor lamp.) The proper mix of lighting helps any room feel more polished and put together. So, add creative lighting to your home—and make a style statement—with lamps, pendants, and sconces.
Other than the obvious function of adding soft lighting to your room, table lamps can also add interesting shapes and textures to your space! Table lamps allow you to control the lighting in a room, so you don’t have to just choose between it being dark or having harsh overhead lighting—adding a definite element of coziness in the evening. But during the day, they can also give you the task lighting you need to get things done. And, they can be functional decorative additions as you look to fill outside tables and consoles.
You can go for a matching pair in your bedroom or living room if you want a more formal or traditional look. But they’re also a way to add personality and intrigue to your space! You can go for a more fun look, with interesting lamp designs and patterned lamp shades, and you can mix and match lamps within a room for a more eclectic look.
Make sure you have the task and ambient lighting you need with a beautiful but functional floor lamp. Floor lamps are great for reading nooks or adding extra light to rooms without having to utilize overhead options. And we love how some styles have such sculptural shapes, almost like stand-alone works of art that add a sculptural element to your space.
Sconces offer another stylish lighting solution for your home. They’re great for small spaces where you don’t want to dedicate floor or surface area to a floor or table lamp. But they also give a very polished, intentional vibe to any room they’re in.
They can be used in the bedroom, in living rooms, in a reading nook, or even in an entryway. And if you don’t want to worry about hiring an electrician to figure out the wiring for a sconce, no problem! There are plug-in options available, so you don’t have to tear up your walls.
There’s nothing like a sculptural pendant to start a conversation! Pendant lights can be works of art. They’re great centerpieces in rooms and a perfect way to drive home the style of your space—whether that’s over your dining room table, in your bedroom, or in your living room. Depending on the style, they can add drama and intrigue or an air of casual relaxation. But they also just add dynamic texture and style to your space while serving as a beautiful focal point.
For Filling Empty Walls
Empty walls make a room feel sad and incomplete. So, don’t settle for blank walls! You can personalize every room in your home with a unique mix of wall art, mirrors, and sculptures. These are some of our favorite wall decor ideas to fill up your wall space and make your home feel put together.
Framed wall art is one of the most obvious ways to fill blank walls. But that doesn’t mean it’s a boring solution! There are so many options and approaches to bring this to life. In each room of your home, you can decide if you want one large-scale piece of art to be the focal point of your space, or you can opt for a gallery wall—and pretty much everything in between!
So, find an artist you love and buy an original or a print. Frame some of your favorite family or vacation photos. Go big or mix and match smaller pieces. It’s up to you. This really is the easiest way to show off your personality and tie together your room with pattern and color.
Mirrors are a fun and functional add to any room—but they’re not the home decor item many people think of when deciding how to fill their walls. Yet, they really can add a lot of style and personality to your space. Mirrors with stylish frames or cut into fun shapes end up looking like works of art.
Mirrors also reflect light and make your space feel larger, which is a major bonus. So, hang one in your entryway for last-minute checks before walking out the door, above your dresser in your bedroom, or even in your home office or dining room to open up the space. Really, they can go anywhere in the house and add a useful, decorative touch to any room.
Sculptural Wall Decor
Add dynamic texture to your space with tapestries, woven baskets, and hanging sculptures. This might be an unexpected way to fill up your walls, but we really love the texture and personality they add to a room.
This is a more three-dimensional approach, and is perfect for homes with little hands that like to touch and pull on everything! And, often, sculptural wall decor is more budget-friendly than framed wall art, as framing can cost a lot of money! But you don’t have to go for one or the other. We love the combination of framed art and baskets for a mixed-media gallery wall!
For Easy (and Stylish) Storage Solutions
Storage is one of the most-requested features in our designs—for good reason. We all have plenty of stuff we want tucked away but accessible. So we say, why not add stylish storage that’s as pretty as it is functional? It’s a way to keep everything in its place, while still adding a decorative, thoughtful spin on it.
Clutter feels less cluttered with a tray! Trays are a great organizational tool—but they look cute, too. On coffee tables, they’re a great way to corral remotes, candles, and books. On a dresser, they’re perfect for makeup, perfume, and other styling essentials. In an entryway, they offer a surface for stashing your keys and wallet so you’ll never lose track of them! Ultimately, they offer a stylish way to get (and stay) organized.
Add some texture, style, and organization to your space with baskets in all shapes and sizes. We love using baskets, big or small, in every room for simple, stashable storage that also looks good.
They’re great in an entryway, lined up under your console, for stashing backpacks, outdoor gear, and shoes. In your living room? Perfect for that pile of throws you like to keep on-hand. They offer organization in your bedroom and an option for a laundry hamper that you don’t want to keep hidden in your closet! And best of all: they’re great for kids. They can help organize kids’ toys, school supplies, books, art supplies, and help you clean up clutter in a pinch!
Bowls and Catchalls
Little items throughout your rooms will instantly have a stylish home with the addition of some bowls and catchalls. Similar to trays, bowls offer a simple and stylish tabletop storage solution. They instantly make a console, dresser, desk, or coffee table feel more polished. And they’re the perfect way to catch keys and coins, keep makeup close at hand, drop remotes or store matches—along with all of the other little things floating around your home!
Want to add some finishing touches to your home?