Edward Stuart is an art and decoration enthusiast as well as a writer for http://www.canvasgalleryart.com/. He frequently blogs on the topics of art, art history, design, and home decor.
Decorating a home is a process that never really ends. With the challenge of combining form and functionality, home design really is an art in itself. The best pieces are always those that perform a function and look good while doing it. Here are a few items that do just that.
Light is an important aspect of any room, but lamps and light fixtures can also add a design element to a space. By painting the base of a normal desk lamp, you can add a pop of color to your workspace. You can use any kind of rope or coil to create a unique hanging chandelier. Bottles and jars are great for hanging light covers. If you really want a conversation starter, try this Globe Lamp from indulgy.com
For a creative coat or purse hook, you can take pretty much anything that is durable, bend it into a hook shape, and then mount it on your wall. Some great options include kitchen utensils and tools such as wrenches.
Tables are great because they can be decorated in a million different ways. You can cover them with a table cloth, add a doily and call it good. You can paint a table any color you like, even add a geometric design, and have a great splash of color or note of elegance in your room. Or, you can repurpose items such as barn doors, old suitcases, and barrels.
Mirrors can add depth to a room, as well as show off all of your other design features. If you put them in a creative frame, their usefulness is stretched even further. Embed your mirror in a fancy picture frame, an old window pane, or even, as shown below, tennis rackets. Always be careful when cutting glass, or have a professional do it. Be sure to sand the edges to reduce risks of cuts.
Decorating a space has its challenges, but there are a lot of different ways to bring your personality to your home. Make a list of items associated with your interest. If you’re into music, see what you can do with retired instruments or piano benches. If you love to cook, kitchen utensils and pots and pans can serve all sorts of functional and decorative purposes. You are only limited by your own imagination.