9 Items Every Stylish Home Should Have

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A stylish interior
A stylish interior (Pinterest)

Take a look through decorating magazines or click through pages of decorating Websites and you see rooms that just seem to fall together gracefully.  These rooms are stylish and chic.  They speak to you.  These rooms inspire you to achieve better design in your own home.  Here are 9 items every stylish home should have that will help you on your way to designing your own space.

Bookshelves are indispensable for storage and display
Bookshelves are indispensable for storage and display (HGTV)
Books make a home interesting
Books make a home interesting (tjakovanschie)
Lamps add an extra lighting element and style
Lamps add an extra lighting element and style (Pinterest)
Artwork is essential to a stylish home
Artwork is essential to a stylish home (decoist)

Mirrors.  Mirrors are a key element in every home.  Mirrors are not just for bathrooms and above the bedroom dresser.  Decorative mirrors serve a purpose as well.  They add depth and dimension to a room, reflecting the space and visually expanding smaller spaces.  They can be very ornate or simple.  Group a collection of smaller mirrors together for maximum impact.

Mirrors add a distinct quality to interiors
Mirrors add a distinct quality to interiors (smallhouselife)
A statement mirror adds depth and interest
A statement mirror adds depth and interest (creamylife)
A unique collection of mirrors make a great focal point
A unique collection of mirrors make a great focal point (jpsinteractive.org)
A stylish mirror completes this ensemble
A stylish mirror completes this ensemble (lushome)

Art.  No home is complete without art.  Whether that is a masterpiece painting or a finger-paint creation from your child, art is essential in a stylish home.  A painting can be a focal point in any room.  Try something unexpected, like mixing a modern painting with traditional décor.

Bold art is always stylish (spiceinteriordesigns.wordpress)
Bold art is always stylish
Colorful artwork brings a room alive
Colorful artwork brings a room alive (homedesignstyle)
Bold artwork makes a statement
Bold artwork makes a statement (tuitionio)
Artwork adds interest to this room
Artwork adds interest to this room (Pinterest)
Artwork can be in the form of a wall mural
Artwork can be in the form of a wall mural (ebay.co.uk)

Statement Piece.  A statement piece can be anything.  It can be a piece of furniture, artwork or a unique accessory.  It can be a found object, such as a large piece of driftwood, or a special antique piece.

Unique lighting makes a colorful statement
Unique lighting makes a colorful statement (Memory Balloon Ceiling Light, notonthehighstreet)
A stand-out accessory makes a strong statement
A stand-out accessory makes a strong statement (arcadianhome)
A unique light fixture is a statement piece
A unique light fixture is a statement piece (dcistudio)
Unique furniture is a statement piece
Unique furniture is a statement piece (ladolcevitablog)
A statement piece can be a current trend or bold wallpaper
A statement piece can be a current trend or a bold wallpaper (hometrenddesign)

Books.  Even if you don’t like to read, books add character, color and a sense of history.  Display large photo-filled books on the coffee table.  Use books to add interest to tabletop displays and shelving.

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Books add color and interest to a stylish interior
Books add color and interest to a stylish interior (meganmorrisblog)
A collection of vintage books adds interest
A collection of vintage books adds interest (desertgirlvintage.blogspot)
Books add variety and interest to a tabletop display
Books add variety and interest to a tabletop display (decohubs)
Books add dimension and color to this interior
Books add dimension and color to this interior (decoratingdelirium)

Bookshelves.  Well, if you’re going to have books, bookshelves are a must.  Bookshelves also serve as structural display cases, where you can place accessories and special items.  Arrange books and accessories together to create interesting and varied displays.

Bookshelves are great for creative displays as well as housing books
Bookshelves are great for creative displays as well as housing books (myhomeideas)
Built-in bookshelves add architectural interest and create space for books and collectibles
Built-in bookshelves add architectural interest and create space for books and collectibles (House Beautiful)
Bookshelves offer additional storage options
Bookshelves offer additional storage options (julieblanner)

Cozy Chair.  A cozy chair is a welcome piece in any home.  Most people have their favorite spot to sit while reading, relaxing or watching television.  Choose a chair that is comfortable and accessible, while enhancing the style of your room.

No home is complete without a cozy chair
No home is complete without a cozy chair (Houzz)
A cozy chair for reading and relaxing
A cozy chair for reading and relaxing (Houzz)
A cozy chair for cuddling up in
A cozy chair for cuddling up in (designadventures)
A fireside chair
A fireside chair (decorationavenue.blogspot)

Lamps.  Lighting is a key element in interior design and lamps provide accent and task light to augment any overhead lighting.  Lamps can be quite useful on a sofa table or side table in the living room.  Display pretty lamps in the entryway to welcome guests and make handy for when family members are expected late at night.

Lamps for the sofa table
Lamps for the sofa table (memorabledecor)
A pair of bright lamps stand out in this stylish foyer
A pair of bright lamps stand out in this stylish foyer (onekingslane)
A floor lamp offers extra illumination and task lighting
A floor lamp offers extra illumination and task lighting (decoist)
A statement lamp adds interest to this room
A statement lamp adds interest to this room (decoist)

Meaningful Piece.  At least one meaningful piece adds character and individual personality to a space.  Your home should be a place that expresses your individuality.  If you own something that has special meaning, display it.  An artifact, special antique, travel souvenir or other memento is the perfect accent for your personal space.

Artifacts or travel memorabilia should be displayed to personalize your home
Artifacts or travel memorabilia should be displayed to personalize your home (slimpro)
Accessories that mean something to you should be used and displayed
Accessories that mean something to you should be used and displayed (Country Living)
Display favorite collections in groups
Display favorite collections in groups (homegoods)
Found objects or special items add character
Found objects or special items add character (decor8blog)

Storage.  Who can do without storage?  Large or small, your home should have storage.  You can create your own with baskets, bins and shelving.  You can incorporate furniture, such as ottomans, that have built-in storage.  No room for extra furnishings?  Look around your home to find other spots for storage, such as under the coffee table.  Store items in decorative containers in plain sight.

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8 Ways to Make a Statement in Your Living Room
Storage bins keeps items tidy
Storage bins keeps items tidy (memorabledecor)
Built-ins offer additional storage options
Built-ins offer additional storage options (Houzz)
Furniture with built-in storage is a great option for small spaces
Furniture with built-in storage is a great option for small spaces (livingroomideas)
Entryway storage keeps things neat and tidy
Entryway storage keeps things neat and tidy (youragentashley)
A trunk serves as a side table and extra storage space
A trunk serves as a side table and extra storage space (napastyle)

Take a look around your home and see how many of these items you have already.  Consider ways you can use these items to turn your home from ordinary into stylish.

 

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