The devil is in the detail, as they say, and this is never truer than when it comes to interior design. It is those small but significant finishing touches that add the ‘wow’ factor to any standard room, giving it a classy and elegant edge that you might not have expected. It is a tricky skill to master, since it can be difficult to visualise the finished product, but we have put together some guidelines that will help you.
Stick to a theme
The general rule of thumb is that there should never be more than three main colours in a room, with two as the optimum and one as a dominant shade. Of course, with your finishing touches, you can get a little more creative with your colours, using wall paintings and pictures to liven up a space or perhaps coordinating details such these door handles from Designer Levers. This should give a unified look that ties the room nicely together.
Let your personality shine through
Even if you are designing a show home, a few unique touches add a homely feel that will inspire potential designers. In fact, magnolia walls and neutral furnishings really allow you to go wild, with bright, bold cushions and quirky accessories.
Do it more than once
A single vase or photo frame looks lonely on its own, so add a few to make a more stylish impact. Use the rule of three for the most natural feel. If you change the door knobs on one cabinet, be sure to go through the whole room and coordinate with other pieces of furniture.
Play with texture
This is where you really get to mix things up a little bit. While colour and coordination help to unify a room, texture adds interest in places you wouldn’t expect. Get creative with your soft furnishings and finishes.
Think warm and cosy in the winter and light and bright in the summer. It is easier to change your finishing details on a six-monthly basis than to completely redecorate. Why not add a diffuser in the corner, filling it with oils such a cinnamon and vanilla in the colder months and rose or lemon in the summer? Of course, in the winter, a few blankets and throws make for an inviting sitting area and they can be replaced with pastel cushions in the warmer months.
It really is the little things in life that make everything better. Pay attention to detail and you will be endlessly rewarded with compliments and symmetry. If you manage nothing more than changing your door handles, you will still be putting your personal stamp on a room.