Decorative Objects

Artwork has an amazing ability to create a story in your home. It says something about your interests, your passions, the places you’ve been and the people you’ve met. Now imagine the possibilities if you could take the same emotion of a spectacular painting, wrap it up in a smaller package and place it anywhere in the room. That’s exactly what decorative objects do. It’s also why they’re so much fun to play around with. At Pottery Barn, decorative objects – and any room accent really – get us very excited. They give you so many options to turn any space into your dream room. Looking for ideas or inspiration? Check out these helpful tips. Most of all, let your creativity go wild.


The first thing that it’s important to remember when decorating is that no one can tell you what looks good or what doesn’t. Art is about personal expression. Your home is your blank canvas, ready for you to experiment and innovate. When you infuse your own sense of excitement into the space, it shows.


One way to choose decorative objects is to think about the kind of ambience you’re trying to project. Do you want your living room to feel traditional, airy, exotic or artistic? Our accent pieces make a definite statement, so it’s not hard to give the room the vibe you want. Depending on how you decorate your bedroom, it can feel romantic, inspiring or totally relaxing.


Focusing on color is another fun way to accessorize a space. To do this, first you probably want to determine your home’s overall palette. No one says you have to use the same color theme throughout the house, but it does offer a few advantages. For one thing, it makes it easy to switch decorative objects around between rooms to liven things up even more from time to time. It also provides an extra sense of harmony throughout. However, the final decision on how you want to paint and decorate each room is completely up to you.


There are tons of possibilities when it comes to picking out accent colors. There’s nothing wrong with playing around with different tones on paper or on the computer to find from two to four hues that you love. Most of the time, it’s easier to start with your main color. Maybe you want your room’s main wall to be a shade of blue. A one-color accent layout would mean including a few orange decorative pieces as orange is a complementary color. A split-complementary design utilizes two accents – red-orange and yellow-orange – for major effect. Color triads or analogous colors like blue-green, green, and yellow-green also look awesome with decorative objects. The bottom line is that different hues translate into a lot of fun.


Decorative objects usually fall into two categories, both of which are equally important. Accent pieces are designed to stand out, grab attention and wow guests. Complementary objects blend into the background. Their job is to add layers of visual interest that captivate people the more they look around. It’s similar to a gourmet meal; there’s usually a few main stars of the show, but every element has a purpose and elevates the whole dish.


Minimalist designs are sleek and modern. They make spaces feel like a curated art gallery. Your motto here is less is more. Choose a few decorative objects with expressive shapes and either bold or neutral tones. A lustrous vase atop a sharp wood coffee table makes an awesome backdrop for entertaining.


Another way to decorate is to show off your collection. In this case, there aren’t any style or color constraints. The idea is to fill your living room, dining room or bedroom with objects that reveal much about your history. They might be pieces that you’ve obtained through the years on vacation or artwork that speaks to you. Shelves, bookcases and console tables are excellent places to layer decor among books and other practical items.