Artful Ornaments: How Non-Essential Items Can Enliven Your Decor
Unlike furniture or appliances, the main role of accessories isn't functional or even practical. They serve one true purpose: to beautify, amplify and enhance the look of a home. Fortunately, these items come in all shapes, sizes, colours and textures, which makes them incredibly versatile.
So whether your goal is to use such adornments to add small aesthetic touches here or there, or position them as a room's primary focus, there's an accessory out there which meets your needs.
What follows are seven of the most beautiful, unique and artful ornaments you'll ever see.
1) Cool Collections
This home uses multiple accessories to distinguish itself. From the old-fashioned clock and Union Jack pillow to the various items on the television stand, there's a certain vintage atmosphere that's discernible.
And although our first example consists of some very gorgeous furniture and materials, what stands out most are the clock and pillow combination, both of which lend an Old World charm to this interior.
2) Art With Attitude
A perfect example of how even small and inexpensive accessories can amplify your decor. These colourful pictures hanging from a cord and fastened by clothes pins take an otherwise boring wall and inject some life into it.
Cool, imaginative and affordable—this is ornamentation at its finest.
3) Forever Young
What better way to convey a sense of youthful rebellion than skateboards and baseball caps?
Not only are these ornaments bright and cheerful, but their symmetrical arrangement quickly draws our eye. There's also a certain geometric balance to the way the skateboards are set up, further adding to their charisma.
4) Treasures of the Sea
These examples demonstrate how accessories can be used to reveal personal details and obsessions. In our first photo, a life-saver and pair of oars mounted on a blue wall remind us of the sea, while in the second a ship's wheel instantly grabs our attention. This use of a blue colour palette and sea-related ornamentation conjures up images of pirates and adventure while also revealing something about the homeowner's personality.
5) Brilliant Hues
This storage unit contains a variety of items which typically don't go together, including books, shoes, baskets, glasses, and other trinkets, which is what makes it so unusual. These articles differ by colour, material and purpose, and their use ranges from things we wear, read, or drink from. For this reason, the shelves are more ornamental than functional, because they're meant to be admired for their peculiar collection of items rather than as a practical place to store them—hence the extremely bright, eye-catching colours.
6) Eclectic Art
Multi-coloured flags draped across the wall, a wooden horse, a model tree, framed artwork and various games and other items—a strange mix indeed.
What makes this room stand out is the unusual, almost bizarre quality of the things assembled. Neither one would work on its own, but combined they produce an eclectic style that's both charming and pleasant to the eye, perhaps because of their warm colours and fun, childish nature.
7) A Splash Of Colour
Our final entry by Fuse Concept uses children's toys as decoration. And why not? This horse and Kermit combo is easily the most eye-catching item in the room.
A combination of bright colours and smooth contours distinguishes them from anything else we see, which just proves that accessories don't have to be lavish, expensive or even made for grown-ups to be attractive.
Whether you're looking for something simple and understated, or bold and defining, these seven examples reveal the infinite possibilities of ornamentation. So while accessories may not be the most important items in a room, they can certainly be the most fun.