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A single element can change everything

James Rippon James Rippon
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Sometimes after setting up a room, especially if it is your first home and you are yet to collect a lot of furniture and decorations, you may be feeling like something is missing in the interior. It might feel empty, too plain, too boring or simply just not what you had in mind. Perhaps you had a particular vision of a space, and it just hasn't turned out quite right; the minimalist décor echoes too much, or the Scandinavian design resembles the waiting room of a hospital. In such a case, you might actually be looking for a piece of furniture or other decoration that completely brings the room to life and makes a bold statement. Today, we can present to you a collection of such products, which we know will inject some much needed life into your room.


When it comes to dressing the walls in your home, you're not likely to think of lighting as a solution. Although artificial light is a fundamental part of any building, we often forget what it can achieve. Spectacular effects using light can be seen in this example, through a pattern of holes around the edge of the lampshade, which creates a fascinating pattern on all the surrounding walls. Immediately when you flick the lightswitch, a graceful play of light beams onto the walls, instantly transforming your house into a light installation!

Got the funk

 Household by homify

Edge Coffee Table


This wonderful table that looks like it has just time travelled from straight from woodstock, would be hard pressed to not make an instant impact in your home. The fun and playful colour tone brings positive vibes and happy thoughts, and the far out patterns remind us of clothing of the swingin' 60s. Groovy baby.


Again, thanks to the simple addition of a decoration on this dull wall, the brutalist nature of the unfinished concrete is instantly transformed into a wall with a unique vibrancy and natural contrast. As well as existing as decoration, this piece that reminds us of a vine slowly crawling up and along the facade of a building. It can be used as shelving to further decorate what some might feel is a boring and lifeless wall. However, left as is, this unique design can be seen as a wonderful piece of art.

Line game

If you feel a single piece of furniture or decoration simply will not be enough to add the spark needed to the room, bold wallpaper is always a great option.  The strong line patterns pictured in this bedroom not only work perfectly well with the lines of the floorboards, but also add an extra element of warmth due to the brown and beige shades.

Bring nature inside

 Walls & flooring by Muurmode

Fotobehang Voorjaarszon


Large prints are effective both in cost and visual impact, such as this natural print in a dining room setting, aiming to bring a hint of nature into the home. The green and blues remind us of a lakeside forest, perfect for a summer's day. The polished timber of the table's benchtop and legs further enhance a forest theme. Prints such as this are easy to install and just as easy to remove, allowing the print to change with your moods and the seasons.

All round

 Kitchen by VIOCERO

Viocero Valpenta Olive


In this last example, we end up back where we started: with the lamp. Here, you can imagine how the cold and muted space would look without the two eye-catching lights above the table and kitchen island. Unlike the first lamp we saw, it is not the beams of light that attract all the attention here, but rather the matte black design of the lampshades themselves. Thus, in a very simple way, using two simple lamps, warmth and atmosphere is added to the interior, creating unity with the existing colour palette of the kitchen. This subtle addition of something as simple as a lampshade shows how a room can instantly be transformed from dull to bold and eye catching, proving a big statement can be made in an affordable way.

What is your one favourite piece of furniture or decoration in your home? Let us know in the comments section below!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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