If you’re feeling disenchanted with the design of your home or just prefer something fresh and new, consider investing in a statement buy. The beauty of an accent piece is that it instantly gives your space a mini makeover with minimal effort or all-out expenses required.
When shopping for your hero piece, be it a new sofa, artwork, or rug, look for eye-catching aesthetics, bold colors, and prominent patterns that will instantly transform your home. Check out our tips for revamping the look of your home below.
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Create a feature wall.
One of the easiest ways to add a wow factor to any room is to turn a regular wall into a feature wall. To create the most impact, select a wall that's clearly visible. Pick wallpaper with a prominent print if you want to make a daring, dramatic statement or stick with a bright paint if you're more into contemporary color-blocking.
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Sofas create a statement as they are – their sheer size and central positioning demands attention – but an eye-catching color or design adds even more impact. If you're someone who likes to change up your style every season, opt for removable covers so that you can change the configuration and color as you please. Select a neutral color and then add bright accessories such as the to really make an impression.
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Opt for statement artwork.
A framed print or painted canvas can be used to give your home a mini makeover. It's a great way of injecting color if your space is made up of muted, minimalistic tones — and artwork is also appealing on any budget. If you can't quite stretch to a large print, make use of a poster or turn your family portraits into a collage.
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Focus on the floor.
Floor lamps are an excellent multi-purpose buy. They bring more light to the room you're placing them in and also serve as a feature piece, adding an interesting style element to any room. Again, you can use them to add a pop of color to an otherwise-muted palette or you can quickly and easily add a modern touch to a predominantly vintage room, or vice versa. The juxtaposed elements will give your room a relaxed feel.
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An indoor plant will transform your space — and your headspace. Plants are known to purify the air, improve concentration and balance humidity levels, making them a worthy style statement. If you have the room, go for a large floor plant or if you're short on space, a smaller pot will work as a table centerpiece. Try the fiddle leaf fig or Madagascar dragon tree, but be aware that you can get realistic faux plants if you're not green-fingered.
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Focus on the small things.
If you're on a budget, the cheapest way to transform a space is through accessories. Give any room an impactful mini makeover by refreshing visible soft furnishings such as curtains, bed linen, cushion covers, and towels. This idea works especially well in kitchens and bathrooms where it's harder to make a style statement without spending a fortune.
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Be a shape-shifter.
Patterns and colors aren't the only ways to make a big impact in a room. Shapes can also be used to create a statement, so keep them in mind when shopping for accent pieces. If your room has strong graphic lines and lots of square furniture, a round table or rug will be much more eye-catching.