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8 Important Things That Might Be Missing From Your Home Decor

A home won’t be finished in a day (unless you are watching a home makeover T.V. show, ha! In that case, that house will be completed in about 30 minutes.). In all likelihood, the homes we all fall in love with online or in a magazine took years, or an entire team of designers, to complete.

If your house isn’t feeling as pulled together as you’d like, or if it doesn’t feel quite like home yet, below you’ll find a list of simple but important things that your home might be missing.

Furnishing a room or an entire home can feel daunting! But don’t feel overwhelmed by the long list of things you need. You don’t have to have it all or do it all in one day. Give yourself time to add layers. Look for items that fit your budget. Expect some trial and error. Take your time deciding what you like and don’t like.

Most of all, enjoy the process of making yourself feel more at home.

Full Curtain Panels

8 Important Things That Might Be Missing From Your Home Decor
House & Home

If your home feels cold, or doesn’t feel cozy enough, curtain panels will warm it right up! Aim for wide and full curtain panels, thin panels can feel wimpy. Double up thin or narrow store bought curtains for a fuller effect.

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Curtain Source

Conversation Areas

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New England Home Mag

Don’t spread your furniture too far apart all around the room, bring it in close enough to be able to converse comfortably with others. Set up lamps nearby that you can turn on when it gets dark, have end or coffee tables within reach so you can set drinks down and find a place to put your feet up.

If you are furnishing a room scratch, you have to start somewhere. I think it makes sense to begin your investment with with a spot to sit, such as a comfortable couch or adding a dining table and chairs. From there, you can slowly add rugs, ottomans, lighting, side tables, and accessories to make your home even more cozy, functional and personal.

A Cohesive Color Palette

8 Important Things That Might Be Missing From Your Home Decor
Serena & Lily (click for room sources)

A cohesive color scheme can tie your style together and make the mood feel more relaxing and peaceful. But a cohesive color palette doesn’t mean everything has to match. Choose one hue to put on repeat, it will pull your entire color scheme together.

Breathing Room

Sometimes what is missing from a room isn’t an object, it’s breathing room! While it’s important to put your stamp of personality on your home, offer some breathing room around your furniture and accessories. Give each piece some room to shine!

Landing Spaces

8 Important Things That Might Be Missing From Your Home Decor
Pottery Barn (click for sources)

Every room should have designated landing spots for everyday things go. Otherwise, the room will begin to feel crowded and chaotic. Items you use every day, like jackets, clothing, dog leashes, or back packs all need a home. Add hooks to walls and backs of doors to create proper landing spaces for every day items.

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Wall Sconce Source / My Kitchen Tour & Sources

Layers of Lighting

If you rely on only the light from a single fixture in the center of your ceiling, your room will likely feel quite dreary at times. Add warmth to the corners and walls through additional sources of light. Begin with at least two lamps in your living area so the light can be more evenly and comfortably spread around the room. Add a task lamp if you work, read or do hobbies in the space.

In my kitchen, we have small can lights in the ceiling (with a dimmer), 3 wall sconces, and a table lamp on the counter in the corner.

Here are some posts on lighting:

Wall sconces by the bed

Decor Inspiration: Lamps on Kitchen Counters

My hall makeover + battery operated library lights

My favorite lighting sources in my Lighting Shop

Bookshelves

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New England Home Mag
8 Important Things That Might Be Missing From Your Home Decor
Serena & Lily (click for sources)

Bookshelves make any home more “homey” and of course, they provide organized places for display and personalization of your space. Collect books you actually have read or plan to read, or use bookshelves to group together and display favorite dishes, collections or family photos.

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Pottery Barn (click for source)
8 Important Things That Might Be Missing From Your Home Decor
Birch Lane (click for source)
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Serena & Lily (click for sources)

Area Rugs

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House & Home

Rugs soften a room, but they also can pull an assortment of furniture together. Large rugs that nearly fill a room will make the greatest impact. In a conversation area, at least make sure that the front legs of your furniture (sofa and chairs) all sit on the rug.

My favorite rug sources in my Rug Shop

My rug designs (voted by you!) for Dash & Albert

My Decor Shop (shop my house and latest decor finds)

8 Important Things That Might Be Missing From Your Home Decor

Get lots of home-related tips and advice in my books!

Related posts:

How to Decorate: The Slow Process to a Style You’ll Love

5 Things Every Small Bedroom Needs

Finding Your Signature Style

How to Get Out of a Decorating Slump

Wall Sconces by the Bed: Get Inspired!

Wall Sconces by the Bed: Get Inspired!

Back when we lived in our Portland house, I put up wall sconces by the bed. I LOVED THEM! So cozy in a bedroom. I actually love the look of wall lights in every room of the house. They bring such a warm feeling around a room and of course, add a lot of character, too!

We’ve already installed wall lights in our kitchen (and had them in our last kitchen, too) but I especially love how wall sconces can streamline or free up the nightstands for other things in a bedroom! Especially in a small space, where every surface counts.

I’ve been shopping around for just the right wall sconces for practically every room in our home but lately I’ve been looking particularly for my guest room, and maybe even our bedroom! Both small rooms that could benefit from wall sconces by the bed.

Don’t you love that bedroom, above, from New England Home? That bed is so similar to mine.

I found quite a few sconce styles I like (scroll to the bottom of the post to shop for wall sconce sources!) as well as some great inspiration photos for wall sconces by the bed!

(You’ll also find an additional wall sconce inspiration post linked below!)

Enjoy!

Wall Sconces by the Bed: Get Inspired!

Sincerely, Marie Designs

Wall Sconces by the Bed: Get Inspired!

House Beautiful

Wall Sconces by the Bed: Get Inspired!

Brittany Makes

Wall Sconces by the Bed: Get Inspired!

Lily Pad Cottage

Wall Sconces by the Bed: Get Inspired!

House Beautiful

Wall Sconces by the Bed: Get Inspired!

New England Home Mag

Wall Sconces by the Bed: Get Inspired!

Driven By Decor

Wall Sconces by the Bed: Get Inspired!

House Tweaking

Wall Sconces by the Bed: Get Inspired!

Remodelista / Photos of Ayelet and Michael’s bedroom by Aya Brackett.

Wall Sconces by the Bed: Get Inspired!

The Grit and Polish

Wall Sconces by the Bed: Get Inspired!

House of Jade Interiors


Wall Sconces by the Bed: Get Inspired!

See more of my latest lighting finds in my shop!

Are you a fan of wall sconces, too? I really would be happy to have them in every room of my home :).

Happy Memorial Day, friends. I’m so very grateful to those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms!

Related Posts:

Add Character with Wall Sconces
Lamps on Kitchen Counters

Memorial Day Sales:


Shop my favorite Memorial Day sales here (some items from my home are on a great sale, like my sofa!).

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