Finish Off Your Room With One Final Layer

Finish Off Your Room With One Final Layer

Dabney Frake
Oct 18, 2015
(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)
(Image credit: Lindsay Ribe)
Today's topic: Add the finishing touches to your space to make it feel unique, full, and complete.
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By now, most of your major pieces and statements are in place. Your sofa, rug, statement art are all happily installed in their proper places and co-existing happily side by side. What’s left is that final layer of stuff that really makes the room feel full, personal, and complete. We're not talking about clever stylist tricks (like leaving your bed oh-so-carefully disheveled or placing freshly baked banana bread on the counter). We're talking permanent touches that makes your home unique and unlike a catalog or photo shoot. It doesn’t mean that you must suddenly become a hoarder, with tchotchkes on every surface. (You’ll have to figure out where you fall on the minimalist/maximalist continuum). Just think of it as the icing on the cake.

If you want to see one way we put the finishing touches on Ashley's living room during the makeover, head over to the next Design School Case Study!

Step #1: Look for Holes & Empty Spaces

If you are unsure, try taking some photos of your room at different angles. Like a 2D floorpan, it gives you some distance and perspective, and lets you see what you might be missing with your naked eye. Look for art and accessories that

Step #2: Add In Smaller Scale Objects

Even if your room has all it's furniture, every room needs some medium size and smaller things to visually break up all the big items in the room. Grouping smaller items together into a larger collection to balance out another larger, more substantial pieces on the other side of the room.

Step #3: Add Organic Materials

Plants are the unsung heroes of any room. In addition to all their other beneficial qualities, plants are also beautifully sculptural and add movement to a room that you won't get with anything else. Offset the hard angles of a space with organic branches and leaves. Plants are also great for random nooks, room corners, or other dead zones.

Next Lesson: Go out in the world and celebrate your new status as a decorating maven. And more importantly, invite other people into your new sanctuary.

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