Interior design might seem as straightforward as choosing a paint color and coordinating your furniture, but the truth is, the devil’s in the details. Those last few finishing touches can really pull together a room and make it your own.
Since we’re in the business of adding accents to homes, we were curious to know what finishing touch people like to use the most when decorating their homes. To get the answer, we first built a list of the most commonly purchased home decor items by reviewing the home decor item categories on popular retailers’ websites like Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Target. Once we had a list of popular home decor items from these sites, we used Google Shopping search data to determine which item each state in the U.S. had searched for most often over the past year. This gave us a comprehensive view of the types of items people are most interested in according to their search history. Based on search volume, we identified the most popular home decor item in each state, as well as the top item overall- and the results might surprise you.
Top Searched Home Decor Item by State
The competition for the highest search volume in each state was fierce. The range of options was so wide that there were very few states that had the same item as their highest searched home decor item. In fact, in both the West and the Northeast, every state had a unique top searched item.
There were a few states with unsurprising results. Alaska’s most popular home decor item was hearths, consistent with the frigid weather in that area throughout most of the year. Similarly, Connecticut favored throw blankets, presumably to ward off those long New England winters, and Tennessee, famous for their whiskey, had the highest search volume for bar carts.
America’s Favorite Home Decor Items
In spite of the varied results, one item continued to pop up as the top searched home decor item throughout our analysis. People in five different states are very interested in the use of trays as a final home decor touch. Trays have become a trendy item over the past couple of years, and people often use them to create small displays in their homes.
Coming in right behind trays are mirrors, a great way to create the illusion of more space and natural light in rooms that might not have as many windows.
Finally, 12 states searched home decor items related to their walls: wallpaper, wall decor, wall art, wall shelves, and window treatments. It looks like while trays are the most popular individual item, people like to use their walls as a canvas to add a pop of color or extra visual interest to finish off a room’s design.
Small items are a great way to add some personality to any room in your home. They can be inexpensive and are easy to change around and swap in and out as your tastes evolve. For more permanent items like window treatments and wallpaper, it’s a good idea to look at all of your options before making a final decision, since it’s a look you will probably have to live with for an extended period of time. The good news is, whatever your interior design taste might be, there are certainly options out there for you to create the perfect interior design aesthetic in your home.
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