October 11, 2012

Conversation Pieces Your Friends Won't Stop Talking About

Posted by Treetopia in Decorating Tips

Every home should have a conversation piece that sparks the interest of guests. Such pieces express your sense of personal style, as well as ensure that you and your guests will have something to talk about. Whether you’re decorating a new place or just spicing up your current residence, our list of trendy ideas for conversation pieces will help you inject an extra dose of style into your home.

Vintage is in vogue!

Little vintage pieces such as old typewriters or even a chest have the potential to start a conversation, especially now that more people are starting to appreciate the good old days when almost everything was in analog. Even today’s electronic devices, such as telephones and cameras, have their vintage roots, so you can never go wrong with a collection of old but still usable items. Just remember to dust them off before putting them on display.

Scour the flea markets!

Conversation pieces don’t have to be expensive to be interesting. Most of the time, second-hand items can be just as if not more intriguing than items from high-end galleries or upscale boutiques.  Scour flea markets or online shops for unique items such as antique home décor, retro furniture or paintings by lesser-known artists – you can rest assured that the conversation piece you end up with won’t be found elsewhere.

Feature your family!

Pictures of family only get better with age, especially if they document the different stages of your life. But, you don’t have to stop at photos. For an extra nostalgic yet heartwarming touch, feature items that belong to your parents or grandparents, such as medals and old pictures, in a covered frame. Completely unique to you, family-focused conversation pieces never go out of style.

Entertain with the exotic!

You don’t have to be a traveler to appreciate different cultures. Because urban areas are already melting pots for people of diverse origins, it is easy to find items that reflect their respective countries. In fact, finding such items could be as simple as going on an exploration of Chinatown or Little Italy. A nice wall hanging featuring Chinese calligraphy or a piece of fine glass ware from Italy might get the conversation going if you have guests who are really passionate about their roots or simply curious about other cultures.

Fill it up with fun!

A fun way of getting your guests involved in a conversation is to engage them in making something decorative for your home, and then displaying the finished piece afterwards. For example, you could have small papier-mâché bowls that your visitors could paint, or a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle that you could frame and hang on your wall once it’s completed. Get your guests happy and active, and the conversations will naturally flow.

You don’t need to spend much to make your home interesting. All it needs is a bit of imagination and creativity to get the conversation started. Have at least one piece of each category in your home and watch as your guests go “Oooooh!” and ask you about them. Happy chatting!

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