When decorating your home, it’s often possible to get double-duty from some of your decorative items. Although some pieces of art are designed to be purely decorative, there are also a variety of other pieces that serve a functional purpose. Examples of functional and yet beautiful pieces include coat racks, shelves, plant hangers, wall grilles, hooks, wine racks and lighting fixtures, among others. Decorating your home with beautiful and yet functional pieces is a great way to save money, since you won’t need to use as many purely decorative pieces in order to achieve a great overall look. If you’d like to decorate your home while also providing some additional functionality, here are a few great ideas to help get you started.
Functional Decor in the Living Room or Family Room
Because the living room and family room are often such busy places, decorating them with attractive and yet functional pieces can help reduce visual clutter. Since you won’t have to rely upon as many purely decorative art pieces, the overall look will be more streamlined, simple and ultimately relaxing. There are a variety of different ways you can add an attractive look to your living room or family room, without resorting to purely decorative art. For example, pretty wall mounted coat racks can add a welcoming and useful touch to your front entryway or foyer. Or, try hanging one or more decorative shelves, which will provide you with a great area to display knick-knacks, collectibles or smaller pieces of art. Candle sconces or tabletop candle holders are also a good way to incorporate beauty and functionality at the same time.
Functional Decor in the Dining Room
The dining room is another area that can really benefit from functional art. For example, instead of hanging a framed print on the wall, why not use a beautiful wine rack instead? Decorative shelves, candle sconces or a beautiful wall clock are also great options.
Functional Decor in the Bedroom
If you are like many people, you might have one or more of your bedrooms decorated according to a theme. In a themed bedroom, functional pieces can work well when combined with purely decorative pieces. For example, nautical theme metal art is often used as part of a beach or coastal themed bedroom. To accentuate the nautical look, try adding a decorative shelf made from whitewashed wood or perhaps a nautical themed peg or hook rack. Shelves, decorative boxes and bins, mirrors, planters, and a wide variety of other decorative functional items can also add beauty to the bedroom.
Lighting is another important factor to take into consideration when decorating a bedroom. Try to include a variety of different lighting options, which will provide you illumination for every mood or situation. For example, although you might want an overhead light fixture for those times when you are working in the bedroom, a beautiful pair of bedside table lamps or a wall candle sconce can also be quite useful. A decorative chandelier can also do double-duty in the bedroom, providing a striking visual focal point in addition to useful lighting.