There are a lot of items in our homes which are there to do a job. They are functional pieces that make the home livable, or allow you to keep things neat and tidy. Whether they are beautiful or ugly, they are going to be there, so you might as well choose functional pieces which are funky, stylish, and beautiful. Just because it is doing a job, doesn’t mean it can’t look great at the same time, and by doing so, make your entire home look better.
The trash can is probably the most obvious example of a functional item that is overlooked when it comes to decorative style. Most people don’t like to think about their trash cans, they are dirty, messy things. That is where garbage is thrown, how could it possibly be beautiful?
However there are a wide variety of trash cans on the market, ranging from sleek stainless steal models, to rustic hardwood containers. Plastic bins range the gamut in color and style, and are often even available in intriguing patterns if you look hard enough.
The kitchen is a place that is full of functional items that with a little care can look truly beautiful. Appliances often come in a variety of colors and these colors can be matched and coordinated with one another, as well as with items such as ladles, bowls, and spoons. If you want to create a rustic space, choose functional pieces made from hardwood and whicker. If you prefer a more modern look, choose stainless steal, or some other sleek new age material.
The bathroom is another space that is full of functional items that can be chosen with a little decorative care. Pieces such as soap dishes, towel racks, tissue box covers, soap dispensers, and toothbrush holders are all available in a variety of colors, styles, and materials, and can be matched or contrasted with one another. Towels, shower curtains, and toilet seat covers are also all removable, exchangeable, and part of the overall design of the space.
In the living room, items such as
, ash trays, and candle holders are all functional items that can be coordinated with the rest of the space. Other functional pieces include pillows, throws, clocks, and couch covers.
In the bedroom, the most decorative functional piece of all is the comforter. This giant cloth spread will dominate the look of the room whenever the bed is made. Coordinating bedding sets is usually pretty easy with boxed sets being available from most retailers. Otherwise mix and match patterns that coordinate well to create an integrated look in the space.
Just because something is doing a job in your home, is no reason for it to look bad while doing it. Coordinating the various functional items with one another in decorative contrast and complimentary patterns will give you deeper control over the look and feel of your home. These functional pieces also represent a chance to further personalize your space, since most of them are available in a variety of funky patterns, and colors.