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Home Decor 101: the Right Homewares Can Add Colour, Detail and Personality to Your Space

Homewares play an important part when it comes to transforming the look and feel of a space. I’ve seen my friend Jade (who’s an interior decor specialist) transform a simple room, such as a home office into a trendy space by just adding the right elements. According to her, homewares also have the ability to draw attention to themselves and ensure that all of the room’s elements are well-balanced. The end result is a stunning overall image!

The types of home homewares you choose, however, aren’t always an easy decision and can depend on your personality and the look you want to achieve. Multiple options are available for different personalities, and you can showcase your personal choices with the right elements. How do you pick the right items to complement your current interior design? Below I’ve put together some tips and tricks that I’ve learned with Jade through the years.

Choose a Reliable Store

Homeware store

According to her, this is the most important step when shopping for homewares. Shoppers now have an unprecedented amount of choice and variety in homeware thanks to the Internet. You can find stores selling any style, price, origin, and so on online.

Unfortunately, this has drawbacks: there are many scammer online shops that try to sell you low-quality items, products with misleading descriptions, and shops that outright steal your money without shipping the product to you.

That is why it is critical to choose a reputable store when purchasing homeware. Choosing an online store that sells the best home homewares designs from reputable suppliers will help you succeed.

Select Large Items First

At the start of your journey, it’s easy to get carried away and add a number of mismatched items to your cart. I’m sure you’ve felt that pang of regret when everything arrives and doesn’t quite fit. To avoid this, first, decide on your home’s style and vision – will it be Scandinavian, Hamptons, Industrial, Art Deco, French Provincial, or even a mix of styles? Once you’ve decided, start with the larger pieces of furniture. Soft furnishings, such as mirrors, rugs, or side tables, can be chosen later, as inspiration will come from larger pieces.

Select Pieces By Priority

In a perfect world, you would purchase every piece of furniture your heart desires. However, in order to have at least one piece that matches your style in every room, you will have to make sacrifices. So, prioritize each item and then decide how much you can realistically spend on it. Keep this list handy in case you get more money and want to buy that piece of artwork or designing chair you’ve had your eye on.

Use Bold Key Homeware Items

Close-up of shelves with deocrative items

Each room usually has a focal point that draws the most attention, such as a couch, dining table, or bedhead. The room will feel instantly elevated if you choose bold colours, textures, shapes, curves, or fabrics for these pieces. If being bold seems intimidating to you, look for retailers that offer a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee if you are unhappy with your purchase. Once you’ve chosen your statement piece, you can soften the space with natural décor. You’ll also discover that you don’t need as many styling pieces, as the room will feel cluttered and ‘busy’ otherwise. Allow your statement piece to do all of the work!

Think About the Size of Your Rooms

It’s so easy to flip through a magazine or catalogue and admire the opulent furniture and home décor. Remember that these editorials have the benefit of photoshop and angles that make rooms appear larger and more spacious than they actually are.

When shopping for larger pieces of homewares, be mindful of dimensions and know your own measurements. Couches, sofas, armchairs, dining tables, and larger storage pieces will require their own space and should not take up every centimetre available. When shopping online, make sure to check for dimensions so you can compare them to what you have in your area.

Choose Materials with Care

Choosing home homewares is naturally influenced by personal preferences. Many people prefer the look of wood, while others prefer as much fabric as possible. At the end of the day, the decision does make a difference.

If you buy a fabric couch, make sure you have the cleaning supplies you’ll need. If you have wooden dining chairs, be prepared for dings and dents. Consider who will be using your pieces and where they will be placed. Formal living rooms can better accommodate special items such as frames or formal dinnerware. However, be prepared to commit to cleaning items on display, such as photo frames or artificial plants.

Beautiful decorated living room

Keep Your Budget in Mind at all Times

It is pretty common to browse a catalogue and select every item you like, or to add a hundred pieces of homeware to your online shopping cart. Do you really need all of those pieces? It’s a good idea to set a budget for yourself, preferably broken down by room. A single cushion or throw rug can cost anywhere from $20 to several hundred dollars, so be prepared to keep the reins tight.

Going on a budget does not imply going cheap. There are so many options these days, and you can find similar themes in a variety of different stores. Shop around to ensure that you are not sacrificing quality. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself replacing these items more frequently in the future.