A Beginner's Guide To Finishing A Room With Accessories

Finishing Touches Get it Right to the Last Detail

A Beginner's Guide To Finishing A Room With Accessories
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Once you have the shell of your room just the way you want it, it's time to think about what finishing touches you'll add. You have painted the walls, put up the window treatments, moved the furniture around, and cleaned up the mess. But why doesn't the room look finished even though you think that the job of redecorating your room is done.

It just doesn't look finished! What to do? Read on.

Once you have the shell of your room just the way you want it, you're not done with the job.

There are lots of finishing touches that you can add to make the room look finished and welcoming. Some decorators feel that decorating a room or home should always be a work in progress.

Whether it takes a week, a month, or a whole lifetime, finding just the right finishing touches for a room is really the fun part of decorating. You'll be adding the jewelry to the room, the personality that makes the room reflect who you are, what your interests are, and where you've been.

Get some ideas from our list of finishing touches for decorating a room. Remember, you may never be finished, but you'll have fun along the way.

  • Plants and Flowers
    It's amazing what a quick transformation can be made with fresh plants and flowers. You don't need to find something dramatic and expensive. A simple plant potted in a decorative pot set on a coffee table, bookshelf, on top of a cabinet, almost anywhere, adds life and color instantly. Be sure to keep fresh plants shiny and dusted. You might even want to have two plants for each location, one for display, one "on the mend." If a plant gets scraggly or droopy, get rid of it! You might nurse it back to health, but not in your living space! If you just don't have time to tend plants or if your room is dark, find some new artificial plants. These work great for out-of-reach spaces. But be sure to keep them dusted and perky, too.


  • Expand on a Theme
    Everyone has a special interest. Traveling, sports, pets, flowers, children, and even a favorite book or movie can all provide focus for a room and offer ideas for adding finishing touches. By choosing a theme for your room, you'll know what to zero in on and be able to select accessories, art, and colors to expand and enrich the theme.


  • Deck the Walls
    Bare, boring walls get a real lift with a painting, colorful poster, collection of prints, or family photos. When working with art, try to focus on a color scheme or theme. Unify the works with common mat colors, similar colored frames, and size and shape. One large piece can create a focal point in a room, while a small collection of pieces draw the eye for a closer look.
  • Get Grounded
    A hardwood floor looks sleek and smooth, while wall to wall carpet adds softness and unifies large spaces. But an area rug, placed on top of the flooring, can create a special focus, provide a boundary for furniture, and even divide a room into several spaces without walls. Classic oriental rugs can be found to fit almost any decorating scheme and contemporary patterned or color-blocked rugs add color and character to the floor and the room.


  • Gather Together Some of Your Favorite Things
    If you collect anything such as dolls, books, teapots, cameras, or sporting equipment, use the collection as a point of interest. Gather the whole collection into one place or arrange the items around the room. Celadon plates, blue and white porcelain, carved wooden pieces all offer themselves as works of art for a room. What do you love?


  • Combine Textures and Feel
    Contemporary interiors are often sleek and smooth, while cottage style rooms are usually soft and snuggly. For a really interesting look and a comfortable feeling for a room, combine smooth and rough, shiny and matte, hard and soft in one room. The contrasts will add interest and help to avoid a boring room.


  • One Piece to Stand Out
    Neutral walls and fabrics look clean and neat in a room. But to really draw someone's eye, add a punch of color with lime pillows, orange mats on black and white photos, a hand-painted piece of furniture on the main wall, an animal print ottoman. Just one interesting accessory or piece of furniture will help make the room spectacular.

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    Adding the finishing touches to a room can really be fun. You can spend weeks or years finding just the right pieces to make your room perfect.

    Read on and see if some of our suggestions will help you find the pieces that add character and personality to your room.

    • Accessorize, Accessorize
      Go around the house and gather everything that looks interesting. Clocks, books, flowers, figurines, pots, mugs, and pictures really go a long way in brightening up a room. Try the pieces all around until you find just the right spot. Then if you still have a bare tabletop, shop at stores or online for just the right piece.


    • Spectacular Lighting
      Instead of simple boring overhead lighting or a basic lamp, try for drama with interesting spot lights, ceiling track lighting, and decorative lamps. Focus lighting on works of art, light up a dark corner on a bookshelf, and add dimmers to wall switches.


    • Old Architectural Elements
      If you just don't want any more pictures, you might think about finding some pieces of architectural salvage. Place an interesting old iron fence section on the wall behind the sofa, use corner shelf supports for a bookshelf, cut wide baseboard molding for a mirror frame, mount cut-glass door knobs to hang hats at the entry. These are just a few of the ways you can use interesting old salvage pieces to decorate a new room.
    • One Unique Antique
      Add character to a boring room with one unique antique piece. You'd be surprised how an old chair, side table, wall shelf, lamp, or set of china will turn into a focal point and turn a room from drab to delightful.


    • Custom Stencils and Faux Painting
      If you're an artist, or willing to give it a try, add color with a hand-painted border, faux details, or color accents. If you're not artistic, use some of the new wonderful stencils and provide interest with wall words, vines, or floral motifs.


    • Add Interest Above
      Draw the eye upward with a dramatic ceiling medallion. Draw a high ceiling down with faux ceiling beams. And add color and design with stenciling around the ceiling.

    Always Keep Your Eyes Open
    Who knows when you might find something wonderful for your room? Make plans to shop flea markets. Keep a list with you at all times with the items you're looking for or areas you'd like to fill. You're bound to find just the right thing when you least expect it!