When it comes to design, we often hear complaints of "I like that but I don't think it will go in my house," or "I wish I could have that at home but it doesn't work with what I've already got." While there are some very specific décor items that we wouldn't recommend for every interior -- say, plaid area rugs or a Jacobsen Egg Chair -- there are some items which, though you may not expect them to work in every home, really do have a place in all design styles. Click through our slideshow to see examples of the most versatile items around and check out our suggestions below for getting the look, even if you think you can't.
A White Sofa
Definitely one of the most versatile pieces available, a white sofa with tailored, straight lines, works virtually anywhere. By switching out throw pillows, blankets, side tables, and lamps, this piece can transform from rustic-country chic to modern minimalism in a flash. A washable slipcover will enable the upholstery to stay fresh for years and, in a pinch, can be replaced for much cheaper than the cost of an entirely new piece.
A Carved Gilt Mirror
While an item as specific as an intricately carved mirror may seem destined to only be found in ornate, extravagant rooms, it is actually the perfect piece to work into eclectic, modern, and traditional spaces. The curved, elaborate lines are expected and at home in traditional settings, add an interesting layer to eclectic spaces, and inject texture and color into minimal, contemporary rooms.
A Tufted Headboard
A richly upholstered, tufted headboard is both masculine and feminine, tailored and luxurious. Tufted headboards offer another way to add texture to a streamlined design while also offering a classic look fitting for any extravagant bedroom.
A Natural Fiber Rug
Seagrass, sisal, and jute rugs work wonderfully well in all interior styles and settings. The perfect blank canvas for layering more intricate rugs and also hearty and resilient enough to withstand a beating, these area rugs work in any space from entryways to bedrooms to dining rooms. Available at affordable price points, these floor coverings should be on the top of every home decorator's must-own list.
An Oak Farmhouse Table
A worn oak farmhouse-style table is at home in both rustic and modern settings. Pair it with contemporary chairs for an unexpected combination or opt for benches or more traditional upholstered seating for a classic, understated look.
What are you favorite pieces that work in any interior setting? Let us know in the comments!
Photographs: 1. 8. Kristina Lifors Interior Design photographed by Anne Nyblaeus 2. Rose Uniacke photographed by Simon Upton 3. Reath Design (designer and source) 4. Suzanne Kasler via House and Home 5. Cynthia Driscoll Interiors (design and source) 6. Nate Berkus (designer and source) 7. Photographed by Pieter Estersohn for Architectural Digest 9. Tom Delavan (designer and source) 10. Emily Henderson photographed by Melissa Oholendt 11. Photographed by Elsa Young for House and Leisure 12. BVT Designs photographed by Joe Schmelzer for Elle Decor 13. Douglas Friedman (photographer and source) 14. Sally Wheat Interiors (designer and source) 15. Photographed by William Waldron for Elle Decor 16. Peter Dunham photographed by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest