While there are some accessories every room needs to make it look complete, there are others that can attract the wrong kind of attention. Visual clutter can detract rather than add to a home’s beauty, not to mention its ability to function well. Here are six common accessories your home can really live without.
Toilet Seat Covers and Rugs – No one needs a carpet-like covering for their toilet seat lid. Nor does anyone need a matching rug that fits cozily around the base of the toilet. For one thing, these items are breeding grounds for germs and are just something extra to wash. For another, do you really want to draw attention to the toilet by decorating it? Better to allow the toilet seat lid to be naked and place a small, attractive throw rug on the floor a little ways out from the toilet.
Lots of Picture Frames – Lots of mismatched picture frames hung on the wall or sitting on a table–particularly ones that are too small or are cheaply made–are distracting. Family pictures are important, certainly, and it’s hard to let go of some for sentimental reasons. Instead, select some favorites and give them a place of prominence by putting them in nicer frames and displaying them with more purpose. Create one gallery wall, for instance, or line your staircase with your favorites. Make a console table home to a handful of tastefully framed photos, and donate the rest of those frames to a good cause.
Outdated Curtains – You may be surprised to hear that some rooms don’t need curtains. There are a number of reasons you may be able to do without them. First, if you are lucky enough to live in a home with beautiful windows–perhaps you even have original woodwork–then maybe you shouldn’t be covering it up with layers of fabric. Secondly, if you live in a rural or wooded area, there are some rooms in your home that don’t need the privacy curtains afford. Finally, to put it plainly, some curtain choices are just not the most flattering. Take a look at your curtains. Does the print or style seem dated to you? Are they faded by the sun? Are they too short for the window? If any of this rings true for you, it may be an interesting experiment to take them down and live without them for awhile. You may just enjoy the view enough to leave your windows uncovered; however, if you want or need to replace them with something, try bamboo shades or shutters topped with a simple valance or tailored panels.
Fake Flower Arrangements – Some artificial plants–such as succulents, for instance–can actually look great; however, if you have any large, artificial flower arrangements in your home, chances are they’re dusty and dated. This goes for fake trees, too. Since every room needs something living, though, consider a live tree, easy-to-grow houseplants, a small vase of fresh flowers, or simply a bowl of fruit on the table.