We collect things we love so why not use our collectibles to decorate? When we need something functional, it's also helpful if we consider how a new lamp or table can serve multiple purposes, combining the function of furniture with decorating the room where it will live.
You might also consider the colors you pick for your furniture and decorating pieces. Neutral colors like the ones here are more versatile, easily moving from room to room. Each of us has a natural decorating style and as you learn what it is, you can use it to re-decorate your home to create a fresh look using what you already own.
Walls and Surfaces
Depending on a rooms' function, you can decorate the walls in order to keep the work surfaces clear. This is certainly important in a home office where you need to spread paperwork out or the kitchen where you spend time preparing meals. The 3 wall hangings below add a wonderful backdrop while leaving most of the work surface clear. The single vase paired with 3 candlesticks frames the wall hangings nicely and balances the phone on the counter top.
Each room has different lighting needs. These lamps here provide visual interest and deliver light for focused tasks, from paperwork on a desk to reading sitting in a comfortable chair or sofa.
Tucked in the Corner
Have you got an odd corner in a room that isn't big enough for something functional? That's where you can really have some fun like the vases and bamboo poles below. If you don't have quite enough room for the grouping of 3 and 3, try just 2 and 2 and when it still doesn't look right, my decorator reminds me that every corner doesn't need to be filled.
The tables shown here were on display at Crate and Barrel, grouped comfortably along with some floor cushions. You could create a multi-purpose solution too that offers extra seating and eating surfaces when needed, and otherwise fits stylishly into a nook or corner.
Just Plain Fun
Sometimes we see something and it speaks to us, it's something we need to buy and bring home. Here are some of these decorating pieces found at Crate and Barrel, grouped in 3s to create a pleasing focal point. The pitchers and vases are sitting on tables while the houses on a narrow wall shelf which makes good use of scarce space.
The neutral colors are all inviting with different surface textures, using or resembling a range of natural materials. All of these items can be easily moved to other rooms or when you grow tired of them, others will gladly volunteer to add them to another home's decor.