Interior decorator, Caitlin Creer shares five ideas for incorporating conversation pieces into your decorating.
Incorporate unique and personal art:
• Handmade items are a great way to personalize your art.
• Incorporate something significant for a trip you took or a place you lived.
• Personal items such as a special piece of jewelry, a concert ticket or baby clothes make great artwork.
• These items are often free or inexpensive and when framed become a lasting memory.
Start a collection:
• Collections can have great visual impact when artfully displayed.
• It doesn’t matter as much what you collect as how you display it.
• If you look around, you may find you have naturally started accumulating certain things over time.
• Bookshelves, above kitchen cabinets, and walls can be great places to display these items – just make sure the overall effect is neat and organized.
Reinvent a family heirloom:
• Paint and upholstery can do wonders for an old piece of furniture that has sentimental value.
• If paint or re-upholstery isn’t an option or if you are nervous about damaging an old piece, juxtapose with something fresh and modern.
Try out some pattern:
• Even if you are a beige decorator, there are patterns for you.
• Using a great pattern on a pillow is an inexpensive way to incorporate current colors or trends. Pillows can be easily replaced when tastes change or you can move the item to another room.
• A chair is a fun way to add a pop of pattern and doesn’t have to be expensive.
• If you are feeling really bold, go for a wallpaper. There is a commitment but inexpensive choices can be found on the internet and even stores like Sherwin Williams and Home Depot.
Pick up a souvenir or two:
• Picking up souvenirs from your travels is a great way to preserve a memory.
• Be selective about what you buy and think about how it will work with the colors and décor of your home and where you might put it.
• Ideas of things to look for: scarves or fabric that can be made into pillows, and decorative items,
• Remember that a painting from Tuscany is more meaningful than a painting of Tuscany.