When decorating your home, it’s important to remember that just because an item is functional doesn’t mean it can’t also be artistic and decorative. In fact, using functional items that have beautifully artistic features can be one of the easiest, most effective and least expensive ways of decorating your home. Instead of cluttering your home with items that are simply decorative, you can streamline your decorating style and accentuate the architectural features of your home with artistic functional items. Although this technique certainly works well with minimalist decorating styles, it can also work well with any decorating scheme.
Shopping with an Eye for Art
When you shop, you should always be on the lookout for interesting items that have decorative and artistic flair. Even small everyday functional items around your home can add an interesting look if you focus on finding those which are just a little bit out of the ordinary. For example, if you use a bulletin board in the kitchen to help keep track of important family papers, you could simply opt to use plain round metal thumbtacks. However, why not use thumbtacks that feature cute ceramic animal shapes or other interesting features instead? The foyer, entryway, or mudroom is also a great place to hang decorative metal coat racks. Items such as these will add a lot of functionality while also spicing up your home’s decor with a splash of art and style.
Leveraging Color for Added Appeal
Sometimes you can instantly transform a “ho-hum” everyday household item or appliance into an eye-catching piece simply by utilizing color. For example, instead of choosing plain white or stainless steel countertop appliances for your kitchen, choose those that feature bold and beautiful colors. You’ll find plenty of colorful designer appliances and accessories for your home when you shop, thanks to the fact that many popular designers are now adding home accessories to their product lines. In addition to the functionality of these useful household products, you’ll also be adding a dash of artistic style to your home. You can also use colorful functional items such as table linens, bedding, window treatments and area rugs to add a splash of style to your rooms.
Functional Art for Your Patio and Yard
Once you’ve started to decorate the interior of your home with artistic functional items, don’t stop there. Expanding your decorating efforts to the outside of your home will make your yard and landscape much more interesting and appealing. Although you could certainly add a decorative sculpture to your yard, why not use an artistically designed birdbath instead? You’ll add beauty to your landscape while also providing for the needs of the birds in your neighborhood. If you love growing vine plants on your patio, beautiful outdoor wall grilles can be used to provide them with support as they grow. Instead of using simple paper plates and foam cups when you entertain outdoors, invest in a set of artistic handmade plates and glasses instead. Many times it’s these little artistic touches that really make your home decor shine.