Above, a great mirror draws the eye to the ornate fireplace in this design by Angela Free.

Sometimes even the most well-decorated room can seem a bit lifeless. What is needed is a bit of drama, which can be achieved by creating a focal point — something big, something colorful, or something unique. Though many use a great piece of art to add drama to a room, a well-chosen accessory can also do the trick.

Best For Open Floor Plans


Perhaps you have an open floor plan, but don’t have a designated foyer. Enter: the Landry Three-Panel Glass Screen by Robert Lighton New York. Its clear glass allows light to pass through and creates drama without adding clutter. Place a desk in front of the screen that doesn’t add visual weight, such as the Portica Desk by Room & Board:


Its frosted glass top and stainless steel base also help add a modern touch to a room.

Best Architectural Element


Fireplaces are a natural focal point, but some are ordinary and plain. Up the wow factor with Chesney’s Limestone Palladian Mantel. It’s made from Cabouca Limestone and has beautiful curves and carvings.

Best For Living Rooms

Mid-Century Screen

Instead of a painting over your sofa, place this Vintage Mid-Century Screen curated by designer Will Wick behind it. Allow it to be slightly folded to add depth to a flat wall.

Best For Plants

Terracotta Urns

Plants add “life” to a room. Show off your plants with these vintage terracotta urns. Stylish enough to stand on their own, they look lovely placed on a sofa table or either side at the base of your fireplace.

Best For Darker Rooms

Giorgio USA

Wish your room had more natural light? Look no further than this striking Lifetime Floor Mirror by GIORGIO USA. Sophisticated, with a high-gloss lacquered frame, its beveled edges will draw you in. Place this against the wall opposite your window to create the look of another window while adding light.

Best For Entryways 


Lastly, do you have a large entryway to your living area that lacks interest? Create a regal entrance with these antique teak columns. Their heavily painted and distressed finish makes an unforgettable first impression when placed on either side of the entrance.

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