Making Your Home Look Finished
So if you’ve had the plasterer or tiler in and possibly the electrician too. You may have put down new flooring or hung fresh wallpaper. You’ve painted the walls, replaced the questionable radiator and the room finally look fabulous again, now that you’ve saved it from its shame before. You may have bought some new furniture or given fresh life to your older pieces. It feels good, right? It sure does.
The odd thing is, so many people just stop there. The walls and floors are done, the new furniture is in the room, but somehow, it lacks a bit of life. Even after all that work, you may want to hold off sharing your room on social media just yet. If you want a place to feel polished and look entirely complete, there are six essential finishing touches you might fancy adding to space to give it that truly completed feel.
You might think the only job an area rug has is preserving the floors from a busy area. But they also give an excuse for you to pull the colours and textures of a space together. They also help to segment spaces in an open plan area and grounds the pieces in a smaller room, making it all look more drawn together.
Lots of bare walls can make a room feel a little unappreciated. Whether you prefer to fill a large wall with a big piece or just have a few single statement pieces, don’t overlook the character that art can bring to your space. Always choose what you love first and pay attention to the colours and how they work in a spaced second. There are loads affordable options out there that there’s no need to postpone this important finishing touch.
Even the most simple cotton curtains will elevate a room and make it look more perfected. They will, of course, grant some privacy but even thinner unlined curtains will filter the light in space very nicely in summer and winter, heavier lined curtains can be a very energy-efficient way to keep a room warm. Always hang your curtains high and wide so that when the curtains are drawn back, the entire window is visible, providing as much light to flow into a room as possible. Make sure they drape all the way to the floor. Ending your curtains at a window sill will make your room look smaller while curtains that reach the floor will give the illusion of height and elevation.
If you have lots of surfaces in your home (think shelves, sideboards, accent tables, a fireplace mantle) that are left empty, your room will feel bare. While I don't recommend stuffing every available space with ‘stuff’ for the sake of it, having a few small groups of items in a display will help space feel like someone lives there. I’m not talking about tossing your clothing around a room or leaving mugs around but deliberate displays – a stack of books, a few table lamps, perhaps a candle. Creating these little display areas are a pleasant way of getting the finished look in a room.
While area rugs and curtains will make a room seem more elegant, you will want to add your personality to the room as well. Otherwise, it will look like a hotel room, lacking any real soul. You want a place to tell the story of you and to make it feel like home. An excellent way to do this is by showcasing your personality – whether that’s through personal photos, items picked up on your trips, treasures that have been passed down to you from family or friends.
With everything else in place, the last finishing touches any room benefits from is a house plant. They bring a natural touch to your space, bring the outdoors in and give a space some fresh air. Consider suspending plants from the ceiling, dotting smaller plants on shelves or surfaces. If you feel you have bad luck with plants, begin with smaller hardy varieties like snake plants or spider plants.
- Lindsey Brown Burden