4 Ways To Refresh A Room With Accents

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably an interior design lover, like I am.  Assuming you are an interior design lover, you also probably like to change up your home as frequently as I do. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at a piece of furniture a year or two after purchase and wanted to swap it out for something new.

Aside from totally frustrating my husband by wanting to change an item I sold him on purchasing a couple of years prior, buying new furniture every couple of years is just completely cost prohibitive for most of us.  A much more economical solution to refreshing your room is to use accents. Not only can accents really change the look and feel of a room, but you won’t feel as guilty updating them after a couple of years as they’re a fraction of the cost of furniture.

Here are the four types of accents I find most transformative in refreshing a room:  

Rugs can completely change the look of a room.  I personally love the look of layering rugs and layering can be a good way to refresh without spending a lot.  For the larger, grounding rug, select something neutral and use a smaller more colorful and/or patterned rug on top.  Here’s the trick, only replace the smaller rug (less expensive) to change up the look of the room.
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Art is a great way to add color and personality to a room.  You can make a room feel more formal or casual depending on the art you select.  Art can get pricey, but there are so many affordable places to shop for art, like Minted and One Kings Lane.  For fun coastal landscapes, Gray Malin’s photography is always one of our favorites!
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I have an obsession with throw pillows.  Truly. I own more than pillows than we have places for!  Do you remember that scene in “Along Came Polly?”  That’s me!  I personally love mixing patterns in the same neutral coastal color palette – I love grays, creams and blues.  I have found that pillows that are slipcovered and have a feather/down insert look the best. Slipcovers are a must for keeping them pristine and the feather inserts are what give the pillows the 5-star hotel fluffy, full look that perfectly karate-chop.
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The easiest way to give your bedroom a refresh without having to buy a new bed is with bedding.  I love Parachute Home for clean, classic basics.  Their cloud collection is pure heaven.  We purchased the cloud duvet for our bedroom and loved it so much that we got it for our guest room as well.  If you want to add some color and fun to your bedding, one of my all-time favorite brands is John Robshaw. He makes gorgeous quilts, pillows and duvet covers.

Credit: Christian Daw Design


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