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6 Essential Home Accents

Home accents play an important role in the overall style and feel of a space. Not only do they allow you to express your personal taste, but they also help unify different elements of your home decor. Whether you're simply looking to replace a few outdated pieces or are redecorating your home from top to bottom, choosing the right home accessories will bring color, texture and harmony to your bedroom, bathroom, living room or home office.

At Pottery Barn, you'll find a wide selection of elegant and functional home accents for every room of the home. Accent pieces range from traditional decorating elements like vases and wall clocks to bold sculptures and centerpieces that are sure to inspire conversation. Below are a few interior decorating ideas to get you started.

1. Vases

Decorating with vases is one of the easiest ways to breathe new life into a room. Fill the vase with fresh flowers during the spring and summer months to instantly brighten a dull room. During the fall and winter months, fill the vases with pine cones, branches or sprigs of holly, and use them as part of a larger seasonal display. If a sleek and modern look is what you're going for, choose vases made from glass or metal. For an earthier look, consider vases made from ceramic, terra cotta or stone.

2. Picture Frames

Picture frames come in endless styles, shapes and sizes. Consider creating a gallery wall that mixes framed photographs with paintings, prints, sketches and other artwork. You can also use picture frames to display mementos, certificates, dried flowers and baby clothes. Add visual interest to your gallery wall by varying the orientation of the frames. Tell a story with your photos and artwork, or group together pieces of varying themes to add personality to your space.

3. Baskets and Bins

Decorative baskets and bins can be used throughout the home to store and display anything from magazines to fresh fruit to rolled up hand towels. Baskets are made with a variety of materials to suit any interior. Chose a wicker, grapevine or bird's nest basket for a look that's rustic and classic, or opt for wire or galvanized bins to complete your home's industrial style. Baskets can also be used as part of a seasonal decorating theme. Consider filling our Greenvine Basket with Easter eggs or lilies for a vibrant spring display.

4. Terrariums

Decorating with terrariums is a great way to add natural elements to your home decor. Create your terrarium by filling a glass vase, bowl, globe or mason jar with moss, soil, plants, rocks and other natural fillers. For a more low-maintenance terrarium, fill the container with imitation moss, charcoal, twigs and wooden mushrooms. For children's rooms, consider filling terrariums with easy-to-care-for plants like succulents. Or, skip the plants altogether and fill the terrariums with miniature stuffed animals and action figurines. Place terrariums on tables, bookshelves, window sills and anywhere else you want to draw visual attention.

5. Candleholders

Candleholders have tons of uses aside from their traditional purpose. Glass candle holders can be filled with colored sand, pebbles, dried flowers, seashells and marbles to create unique and personalized accents for the home. Metal candleholders work great as bud vases and of course, you could always use candleholders to hold actual candles. Wood candle holders are a classic choice that will add a touch of refinement to any room, votive or candlestick, while metal candleholders instantly modernize and streamline a space.

6. Clocks

Wall clocks come in a variety of styles and shapes, allowing you to have fun with your home decor and create an interesting focal point for any given space. When choosing a wall clock, you'll want to consider the style of your existing furnishings and how much wall space you have available. A metal clock, for example, would look great on the wall of a modern kitchen, while a clock with ornate detailing would work well in a room with rich upholstery and dark wood furnishings. Oversized clocks create an instant conversation piece in your front hallway or office, while small clocks are great for displaying the time over a pantry or accent table.

Whether your style is breezy and coastal or rustic and natural, we have the decorative accents you need to make your house a home. Shop Pottery Barn's eclectic collection of home accents to discover the perfect piece for your space.