11 Finishing Touches for a Room that Interior Designers Swear By


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We asked home designers for their favorite finishing touches that really tie a space together. Here are the teeny, tiny details they turn to again and again. 

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Deck your walls

Art is great, or try a wall-mounted candle, says designer Shalena Smith.

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Top it off with a tray

A tray can add color and texture to a surface and looks much more intentional than having everything strewn about, says Erin West of Havenly.

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Dress up your dining room table

Try beautiful placemats, cheerful coasters, and colorful napkin rings, says Kira Faiman of Von Gern Home.

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Light a (scented) candle

"Scents add a finishing touch to a space," says Tina Ramchandani of Tina Ramchandani Creative. 

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Add mood lighting

If you want all of your lighting to feel intentional, polished, and customizable, install dimmers, says designer Jean Liu.

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Pile on the plants

Nothing beats greenery, says designer Breegan Jane.

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Play with texture

Add in at least one thing that’s very tactile, suggests designer John McClain. Think a shag pillow, rug, pottery, a knit throw, or a woven basket.

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Give your trim special treatment

Go outside of your comfort zone with your trim, says Christina Coop of Hygge & West, and it’ll turn into the perfect finishing touch feature.

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Bring in good vibes with crystals

These beautiful, natural objects play with light and reflections in special ways, says Alessandra Wood of Modsy.

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Put your personality on display

A family photo or meangingful memento will also speak to others, says Genevieve Trousdale of Circa Genevieve.

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Build a vignette

For added visual interest, group three items in varying heights, say Janelle Hughes and Kim R. Williams.


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