Design Recipes: 10 accent items to enhance your decor | Lifestyles

From flowers to figurines and bowls to books, there are so many different ways to add and incorporate accents into a space. Although you have a number of traditional choices, there are a few unusual ones that might surprise you.

Here are some interesting accent items to consider:

1. Figures: Where you might place a small or large vase, consider using a ceramic piece instead.

2. Jewelry and World Coins: Jewelry might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of an accent. However, jewelry can help add an interesting overall element to a space.

3. Create a showcase for a few key accents: Whether it’s a bookcase or a shelf, look for interesting ways to display accents and accessories.

4. Thumbnails: Thumbnails provide a great opportunity for accents, grouping them together in interesting and dynamic ways.

5. Texture and color: Accents provide the ability to infuse both texture and color into a space.

6. Books: Coffee table books can be used and displayed in a variety of ways to help accessorize.

7. Organic elements: Wood and wooden elements can provide the opportunity to bring overall elements into a space.

8. Metallics: Introducing metals can help bring gold and silver to certain spaces where you are looking to bring a sense of contrast.

9. Wall hangings and artwork alternatives: Wall hangings and mixed media can add a touch of wow factor to a space.

10. Greenery: Greenery can provide the perfect splash of color or accent in a space.

You can achieve this with real or artificial greenery.

New York-based Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host and nationally acclaimed interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. [email protected] or visit his website at

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