In recent times, ceramics have gained a lot of popularity, and many have hopped onto the bandwagon, with some even trying their hand at making their own. Even some of our favorite celebrities such as Seth Rogen, Brad Pitt, and Channing Tatum are reported to be in the clay and pottery game and professing their love for the art form. If you’re reading this, then clearly you are interested, and have come to the right place. In this write-up, we want to talk about how to fit ceramics into your living room decor, so here are 4 tips to using ceramics to add character to your space:
1. Give It Some Space
First off, if you’re a ceramics enthusiast, you probably already have more than a couple of pieces adorning your living space. Regardless, our first tip would be that you avoid placing your ceramics in tight or cluttered spaces, such as on a corner table amongst other decorative or functional items, or on a shelf that is dense with other stuff. For your ceramic piece to truly shine, it needs its own space. Ceramics with more intricate designs or styles can really flourish if set by themselves, while ceramics with simpler designs may go well when paired with other ceramics or suitable decor, complementing and enhancing their display. However, be careful not to group too many together as it can create a confusing or chaotic look, losing its appeal as an attractive space.
2. Color Combinations
Ceramic pieces can come in a variety of shapes, colors, and designs, so it is important to pay attention to how you decide to mix and match the pieces for them to accentuate one another and create the desired look. For example, the more common shades of brown, cream, and black found in many ceramic products go nicely with one another, especially when paired with a background with similar tones, creating an earthy, rustic look. The more extravagant pieces that come with shinier or more colorful finishes also go well with monotonous or neutral backgrounds, because they automatically add more character and “pop’ to the background. Of course when it comes to decor, there is no absolute right or wrong because it’s a matter of taste and preference, but looking up color combinations will definitely help give you a couple of ideas.
3. Set the Scene
These days, we can’t help but obsess over pretty and photogenic arrangements, with fitting aesthetics to boot. To achieve the insta-worthy design that you want for your living room, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Clean-looking geometry, such as rectangular boards, or furniture with appealing straight angles or curves that fit well in the environment.
- Matching and complementary colors, keeping in mind combinations such as earthy tones, or pairings such as light blue and white or red and yellow hues.
- A splash of bright patterns, which can take the form of anything, including a piece of fabric with a vivid design or psychedelic imagery.
- Some added textures such as a brick wall, fabric, or other materials can also add a welcome contrast and link other elements together.
If you find it hard to think of how to arrange these styles, think of a theme or concept that you are interested in, like a Bohemian, minimalistic, or Muji theme. Take your time and explore your options. Achieving the right decor takes time and patience, so don’t rush into your decisions.
4. Putting the Fun in Functionality
Ceramic pottery can be more than just decorative. They can serve an array of functions while also improving the look of your living space. For example, if you have a small ceramic piece that you use as a centerpiece for your coffee table, depending on the design, you can use it to put flowers, scent sticks, or other functional items such as coasters. Or if you have a ceramic pot that is shelved as a unique decorative feature under flattering light, it can also be used to store your keepsakes because it is unlikely that it would be meddled with by guests.
We hope that these tips help, and we wish you all the best in your ceramic decor journey!