Finishing touches: 3 things that take a room from being good to great

By Aoife Valentine Secor 11-09-2017

After the dust settles when you've done up a room, it's the details and finishing touches that can totally bring it all together. Once you've painted the walls, put up your window treatments, pushed and pulled furniture until it was in the perfect spot, and finally cleaned up the resulting mess, it really is those final flourishes that complete the space.

While you'll probably have the big purchases - furniture and the like - sorted from early on in the makeover process, the finishing touches can take a little longer to find. So what to prioritise? We've picked three finishing touches that will automatically take a room from good to great if you get them right! Worry about the smaller details after.


1. The right lighting

We've said it before and we'll keep saying it until we're blue in the face - lighting is one of the most important parts of a room, and can really transform the feel of a space. Choosing the right ceiling light is important for practical reasons but so too is adding floor and table lamps, or spot lighting, as appropriate. You need to consider what you want to use the space for, and which parts of the room you want to highlight. Lamps aren't just for adding styling points to a space, so have a think about the effect the lighting options you're adding will have, and how they will make you see your room in a different way.


2. The right textiles

Image: My Domaine

The right textiles will make your home seem warm, comfortable and inviting, so don't underestimate the power of throws, blankets, curtains and cushions. They are what will differentiate between a well styled showroom, and a home. Not only do they add a sense of cosiness, textiles can also be used to add a little colour, texture or shine where it's needed. They're an easy win!


3. The right rug

A rug is one thing that can totally tie a room together. You can use it to help establish your room's colour scheme, to add a bit of texture to an otherwise fairly minimalist space, or to bring a few disparate elements together. In an ideal world, the rug will balance out all the other elements in your space, for example by being a neutral piece in an otherwise colourful room, or bringing some texture to an otherwise very slick room. It can make a world of difference!


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