February 7, 2024

5 Decor Elements Every Room Needs

Have you ever stepped into a room and thought it was ‘timeless’?

You might not be able to put your finger on it, but the space just… clicks. It’s like the homeowner has curated their collection and intentionally placed everything where it should be so that it’s in harmony with the elements around it.

Even though it may seem like only a professional can tie a room together like that, the truth is – anyone can do it. As a start, you need 5 essential elements that lay the groundwork for your decor, and we’re here to tell you all about them.

Let’s get into it.

What Are 5 Things Every Room Needs?

Let’s get one thing straight.

We won’t talk about fleeting trends or ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ fads that you simply ‘must have.’ The elements we’ll discuss are the backbone of every room, the most basic yet indispensable pieces that form the foundation.

None of these elements are flashy or extravagant, but they do wield the power to shift your space from ordinary to exceptional.

Ambient Lighting

It’s a running joke in interior design that overhead lights have a ‘hospital aesthetic.’ Harsh overheads make it seem like you’re in a sterile environment and getting prepped for surgery.

Now, we don’t know about you but, that’s not the message we’d want our living room to convey.

Ambient lighting is the antidote to this problem. It’s the easiest way to set the mood and add warmth and character to your space. And the best part is – you don’t need to buy anything new. Instead, you just need a few light sources like floor lamps, table lamps, or even candles.

Here’s how you can do this: incorporate different types of lighting – overhead, task, and accent – to create layers. Consider a combination of pendant lights over the dining table, floor lamps in corners, and wall sconces for a soft wash of light. In the end, aim for at least 3 light sources in every room.


Greenery, even when it’s artificial, enlivens the space and offers a visual tonic that anchors the room. Artificial greenery like fake hanging garlands freshen up a room without hassling you for maintenance.

Faux foliage brings in color, texture, and a bit of the outdoors, which creates a more relaxed atmosphere. You don’t have to go overboard and have a full indoor garden to feel the benefits of greenery. On the contrary, even a small succulent on a shelf or a fake green wall disc is enough to add a natural touch.

Besides the aesthetic appeal, faux foliage brings calmness, reduces stress, and boosts your mood. For the best effect, place your greenery around the room and think about how it would benefit the overall space, not just one corner.


Art is the soul of a room – it speaks volumes without uttering a single word. As we know, the beauty of a room mostly comes from the unique personality you speckle into it and the personal touches you’ve added. So, what better way to do so than by including artwork that catches the eye and communicates a message?

Don’t feel intimidated – you don’t need to be an art critic to choose a good art piece. Our favorite piece of advice when shopping for art is – get what you like. It doesn’t matter if your neighbor, friend, or mother-in-law will like it. Make sure you like it.

As a start, don’t worry too much about whether it’s going to fit your existing furniture. You don’t have to look for the same color palettes and patterns. Get a piece of art that speaks to you and that you won’t mind looking at every day.


You might not have noticed but fabrics can change the entire ambiance of the room. They drape, they soften, they add textures and patterns you wouldn’t be able to get in other ways.

Different fabrics can convey different meanings and serve as versatile tools in your arsenal.

The beauty of fabrics lies in their diversity. For example, velvets exude luxury, linens bring breeziness, and knits offer warmth. You can (and should) mix and match textures and patterns to add layers. Think about how these fabrics make you feel and how you want your space to make your visitors feel. Then, start from there.


Books aren’t just for reading – they can be great decorations too. Showcase a well-curated collection of books in a bookcase or on floating shelves in your room.

Arranging the books as part of your decor can be an art in itself. You can color code, alphabetize, or order by theme. Mix in decorative bookends, art pieces, or small plants and statuettes for a bit more flair.

This is also a fantastic way to show your interest and display your favorite titles or topics prominently. Bookcases have an innate ability to tell a story and offer a glimpse into your passions. This will invite conversation and celebrate personal expression.

Finishing Thoughts

These 5 elements won’t remain decorations for longer – they’ll be your storytellers. They’ll set the tone of the room and play a pivotal role in crafting a space that resonates with you.

Now’s your opportunity to make your house feel like a home and ensure it never goes out of style. Let these tips guide your creativity, but in the end, make it yours.

Thanks for reading xxx


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Hi and welcome to The Willow Tree. I’m Michelle, also known as Shel and I am a mama to three beautiful crazy kids – I have two handsome boys and a wild and wonderful girl.

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