Portable design refers to pieces that can be lifted and transported from room to room and home to home. It’s one of the best and easiest ways to transform a space, swapping out the old and bringing in the new.

Portable design done well can also prolong your decor, allowing you to repurpose and reuse much of what you may already own.

Here are some top tips for how to implement portable decor items into your space.

Mirrors. Whether leaning or hung, mirrors are great portable decor items.

Toss pillows and throws. Affordable and easy to place and move, use these to finish or add color to a space.

Artwork. Whether you purchase artwork to fit a space or just want to add interest, it’s a wonderfully useful portable decor item.


Lighting. Not every fixture has to remain in a home. Even when you sell it, a fixture you installed can be swapped out.

Bedding. Bed spread and comforters are great ways to infuse, color, texture and interest into a space.

Area rugs work well as portable design pieces. (TNS)
Area rugs work well as portable design pieces. (TNS)

Area rugs. Whether you are looking to move them from room to room or home to home, area rugs are excellent portable decor items.

Benches and chaises. These pieces can be placed floating in a space, at an entry or foot of a bed.

Books and accessories. Transition out as needed.

Small furniture pieces. Furniture such as side tables, ottomans and chairs are easily movable portable design pieces.

Greenery. Whether real or artificial, florals, plants and trees are useful portable decor items.


Cathy Hobbs: info@cathyhobbs.com. Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host, an interior designer and a home-staging expert based in New York City.