Above, a sculptural light fixture brings unmistakable character to a living room by Michael Berman.

Style is in the eye of the beholder. A bohemian loft can be the height of chic to one person, but can look disorganized to an eye that prefers minimalism. “Traditional” style can bring to mind a stately New England home with darker woods, or a floral-filled Southern mansion. It’s all in your personal preferences, the area you live in, and even your upbringing. That’s why we can endlessly read design blogs or browse Instagram without getting bored — seeing how others decorate is endlessly inspiring. But even though personal style can vary greatly, there are a few pieces that never fail to add a hint of sophistication to an interior. Inspired by MyDomaine’s post on tips that make a living room look expensive, here are our 7 favorite pieces that make a chic impact in any interior.

Black and White


This color scheme can go modern, eclectic, or classic…and everywhere in between. The graphic Kravet Alex Collage Black and White Pillow offers an instant update to sofas and chairs.

A Standout Light Fixture


A large chandelier lends a room an unmistakable sense of drama. Of course, the Baccarat Mile Nuit Six-Light Chandelier would make any interior stunning; but even a simple pendant can make an impact in the right size.

Large-Scale Art


It sets the tone of a room, creates an eye-catching focal point, and adds color and movement to your interior. We love: Modern Expressionist Oil On Canvas by Tony Fly.

An Unexpected Vintage Element

Whether it’s a piece of art, a smaller-sized accessory, or a large upholstered piece, vintage brings a sense of history and character. One good place to start is with vintage storage, like the Union Hardwood, Leather, and Brass Bound Box Trunk.

A Touch of Gold


The warm metallic finish glimmers in the light and always feels so luxurious. A mirror, like the Phyllis Morris Sunburst Mirror, is an easy place to incorporate gold in your décor.

Contrasting Texture


In a room of polished wood, an organic texture like the Modern Contemporary Mongolian Lamp Stool draws the eye. The opposing textures bring a new energy to a room.

A Great Rug


The floor can be considered the fifth wall of a room, but is often ignored. A large rug, especially in a bolder pattern, can be the one element that makes a room feel “finished”. The Aga John Modern Rug 10.1′ x 13.4′ is low-key in color, but the abstract pattern brings a contemporary touch to a space.

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