You’ve Done the Hard Work – Now for the Final Touches

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Decorating a room can be a daunting task. Decorating an entire home can make you want to give up before you have even started. That’s why you deserve a big pat on the back and a hearty “Well done”, if you ‘ve managed to get most of your decorating done. Before you crack open the champagne and invite all the neighbors round to inspect your good work, just read a little further to make sure that you really have covered everything. There are some great final touches and wonderful flourishes you can add to your decorating which really amount to the cherry on top the icing on the cake.

Let’s say you’ve just done a great job of retiling your kitchen, fitting some new cabinets, perhaps some new windows and even some new kitchen appliances. You may well have kept your old sink (if there’s nothing wrong with it, what’s the point of getting rid of it, right?), but ask yourself – could you have done better with the faucet? Perhaps you’d better take a quick look at Faucet Assistant to see if you wouldn’t be better off with a completely new faucet altogether. Aside from complimenting the overall feel of your newly decorated kitchen, a faucet needs to be of practical use and you may enjoy the opportunity to explore the different ways that some faucets operate.

Something that is often overlooked but that can really change the character of a room is the addition of plants and flowers. Aside from improving the environment within the room, they add color and life to spaces which otherwise are all too lacking in those qualities. Indeed, if you like it that way, plants can actually become the focal point of the room. In minimalist-inspired rooms, the addition of a tall snakeplant to the center of the room provides instant meaning and purpose to the entire room.

The next thing to ask yourself is whether you have got the ornaments right. A lot of people place ornaments as if they were merely organizing clutter. It’s painful to see a crystal vase plonked between a mock-ivory Thai elephant and a porcelain ballerina. Try to keep within a theme, not necessarily for the whole house but at least within each room. It’s not just about getting the theme right either, you have to take the colors and textures into consideration, too. Remember – if in doubt, leave it out.

On a related note, if you are a collector, you don’t necessarily have to hide your pride and joy away in an obscure cabinet or drawer. You can use it to make it the focal point of a room. It doesn’t matter whether people are particularly interested in it or not, it serves to give character to otherwise bland rooms. For example, if you collect antique guns, these may well look a treat mounted on the walls of a traditional dining room or study. If you collect stamps, you could put them together in a frame to adorn the wall of the hall or the atrium of your home.

Something people often get wrong is artwork. Just because you like a particular image doesn’t mean it’s going to suit a room in your house. A poster of a horse jumping over a Ferrari is best kept as your screensaver rather than being mounted above the dining table. Go for quality local artists’ paintings and drawings of local scenes and landmarks. These can stimulate and provoke thoughtful conversations when visitors arrive, in a way that a print of Monet’s ‘Water lilies’ simply cannot do.

Finally, have different lighting options available within the same room. These can include fader lights in the top of cabinets and the ceiling, small lamps, tall lamps, natural light, colored lights and even candles. It can be surprising how dramatically a room’s ambience can be altered by the lighting. Of course, you want to get this right – romantic doesn’t want to come off as sinister or gloomy, bright doesn’t want to be blinding or brash.

If you feel that, with the addition of one or two of these touches, your work is complete, then congratulations – give yourself another pat on the back. If you’re still unsure, then don’t worry too much, our living spaces, much like ourselves should be considered to be works in progress.