When we give a room a decorating face lift, we focus hard on the overall picture. It’s what we keep in mind as we choose colors, fabrics and furniture – how it’s all going to look when we put it all together. We focus so much on the large details of decorating that it’s easy to forget the small ones.
Yet these are the thing that make the room. The finishing touches. Choose right and they create an overall image of something that is put together, considered and deliberate. Choose badly, and you damage your decorating efforts everywhere else – a classy look is immediately knocked down by poor attention to detail.
It’s not as exciting nor does it give a room the same sense of freshness, but these areas are important to focus on. You’ll be glad when you have, as you see the whole impact come together as one.
Light fittings and fixtures
Plastic light switches are a big no-no for any style-conscious home owner. They look tacky, they get dirty far too easily and the off-white color complements precisely nothing. Gold is a classic but can look a little dated, so platinum and silver finishes might be a good choice. Remember that a shiny surface will show fingerprints up easily, so opt for something brushed on an area that will be touched often.
The corners of ceilings
When we paint, getting into the corners is one of those little irritants it’s amazing no one has figured out yet. Even if you use masking tape carefully (a good guide is here: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/taping-ceiling-painting-walls-39289.html), one slip and you’ve got the wrong color in the wrong place. As you’re not looking at the area all the time, it can be easy to forget you have got something to go back and correct.
Depending on the room, you will likely have a few different sets of handles to negotiate. In general, the ones that come with furniture aren’t of the best quality. Switch all drawer fronts, cabinet hardware and check out http://bifold-hardware.com/products/handles/ for door handles that suit the rest of the decor. Bonus style points if you choose the same as you did for the light switches.
- How you store things
Namely, remote controls for televisions and other media equipment. They’re a nuisance and can make a cozy area look cluttered even when it’s not, so designate them specific storage. Well-placed velcro on the back of sofas keeps things neat and out of view, or a general caddy can at least make them look tidy.
A room is not complete until there is some kind of art on the walls. If paintings aren’t your style, then look for modern metalwork or even stencils if you have an arty side. A wide expanse of wall without anything decorating it can actually make a room look smaller, so make sure you use the space available to you. If you’re renting, then there are options to allow you to put up art without having to worry about nail holes, so keep an eye out.