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Last week, we shared about the “unspoken players” that are so important for decorating your home. They are the things that are often forgotten and lend their support for other items, rather than shining on their own.

This week, our blog is focusing on the stars of decorating. These are the items that Kari thinks make the biggest impact and difference in your room – and are worth the bigger investment to have the perfect piece.

1. Rugs

Rugs can bring texture and color to a room. Or, they can add softness and a neutral pallet that serves as the stage for the rest of the decor. Rugs are so varied and versatile (which you are well aware of if you’ve ever looked through our rug catalog!). We have access to thousands of rugs that can be special ordered – and we would love to work with you to find the perfect one for your room.

When decorating houses, Kari focuses on the rug first. It sets the tone for the rest of the room and helps dictate the arrangement of the furniture. Getting the right rug makes all the difference for the rest of the decor.

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2. Lamps

The lamps in B. Whimsy are one of the items most commented on by our customers. We search for unique lamps that bring unexpected color, pattern, and texture.

As our homes have moved to open concepts, walls have been removed, leaving less space for art. A big, beautiful, interesting lamp serves as a piece of art – not just vessels for bringing light.

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3. An interesting piece of furniture

This means something that brings character by introducing elements that are otherwise missing from your room. Some rooms need something round since the rest of the furniture is square and angular. Some rooms need height. Some rooms need something warm, worn, or distressed. Some need a pop of color. Some need wooden, manly elements, while others need a feminine touch of elegance.

Not every piece of furniture needs to do these things – but at least one piece needs to stand out and make a statement.

In a house that Kari was decorating recently, the room needed a piece of furniture with height since the ceilings were so tall. This bookshelf was just what the room needed to have a little more interest and feel fully decorated. As soon as it was in the room, the rest of the furniture seemed to make more sense, making the entire space feel more finished.

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4. Pillows

Quality pillows make a huge difference. It’s true – a $125 pillow is quite a bit more than the ones you can find at box stores for $30. But, a beautiful, quality pillow draws your eye and holds it there – instead of quickly moving past it. With the pillows pulling your focus, you see the richness of the fabric, the vibrancy of the color, and the intrigue of the pattern.

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5. Statement art

The biggest mistake that people tend to make in their homes – they gravitate toward lots of small things instead of one big statement piece.

This is definitely true with art. So often, people choose a piece of art that is just too small for the wall space, and it gets lost in the sea of wall. The negative space becomes a bigger focus than the piece of art. Since the space doesn’t feel complete, we start adding other decor to try to fill it up – more art or sconces or furniture. Instead of making a big, cohesive statement, all of the small pieces now seem like clutter.

Instead, choose a painting that fills up as much space as possible. Let that one item become the focal point. Finish off the space with just a few coordinating accessories with the same scale to avoid the cluttered look.

Mantles are focal point in our homes and the art there represents much of ones personality! It can be the one thing that inspires the whole room. In this house, Kari had a huge mantle to work with. She chose the biggest piece of art we had in the store, paired with just a few simple accessories, to make an impact in the room.

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And our bonus tip – be sure to space these decor “Stars” throughout you room so that your eyes are drawn through the entire room – from top to bottom and from side to side.

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