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Decorative bowls are often the perfect eye candy to dress up a plain table top. Filled with colorful fruit, they serve as the perfect center piece for your kitchen dinette.
Shapes of decorative bowls
are just as important to the overall design of a room as the color and texture. Plain bowls call attention to their shape, and are often used as a design anchor for other, more colorful or exotic pieces. Round and oval shaped bowls connote a wholeness and unity as they lead the eye in pleasing arcs and curves. Square and rectangular bowls indicate stability and solidness. Art Deco and contemporary
shapes shake things up, and are wonderful additions to a set of accent tables
a den or entertainment room.
Adding texture into the mix really opens up the decorative possibilities of bowls. Wicker and similar materials, often used in the design of tropical bowls
, create interesting surfaces that interact with the ambient lighting of a room. The irregular surfaces also echo the weave of natural fiber area rugs
and can be used tie together a rustic-themed room. At the other end of the design scale, glossy finished decorative bowls present a slick and streamlined appearance, which combines well with bright colors for a modern or contemporary room.
Playing with color is another fun way to use decorative bowls
in your room design. Brilliant primaries convey a sense of openness and joy, while more subtle and subdued colors add nuances of feeling. Neutral or natural colored bowls tend to blend into the background, and are often best used as practical fruit bowls.