While choosing your color scheme, paint, furnishings, floorings and a number of other elements for your next redecorating project, there can often be a tendency to overlook some of the “little things.” It’s what pulls your whole project together and really gives a sense of warmth and comfort. So, what do these little things entail? Take a look below to find out what you don’t want to miss.
Trim, both for the floors and windows, is often overlooked. It can be dingy if not cleaned or painted regularly and if it’s the wrong color, it may throw off the whole feel of the room. If you don’t want to replace the trim, then consider pulling it off and repainting it. Even just a basic bright white can brighten a room and it’s a pretty simple task.
Pictures and wall hangings are not usually something you overlook when decorating; however, placing smaller pictures on tables and bookcases can be. This is one quick way to turn a somewhat stuffy room into one that feels inviting. When you are adding these pictures, look for frames that compliment your decor, too. Got a room with a flower theme? Consider a frame with faux flower embellishments or have your children decorate an otherwise boring picture frame.
For those that love knick-knacks, a word of caution. You can have too many. If you can’t see the ones on the back of the shelf because there are too many on the front of the shelf, it’s time to pack them up. There is a fine line between well decorated and cluttered and it’s easy to cross.
You can add a lot to a room with an area rug, too. It doesn’t matter if you already have carpeting or just a hardwood floor, if you look at the various solid color rugs or shaped rugs, there’s sure to be one that strikes your fancy. If you prefer area rugs that feature patterns instead of solid colors, there’s plenty to choose from. Depending on your decor theme, you may want to take a look at oriental rugs, southwestern rugs or floral rugs. This is also a great way to quickly change the look for the seasons. Simply roll up the rug and store it away. Don’t know where to put it? Consider sliding it under your bed!
One final thing to think about is your room’s lighting. With all the options available today, it’s surprised that many people only have one light in most of their rooms. Some of today’s most stylish lighting fixtures are quite affordable and can really add a wonderful element to any room. You might consider track lighting in the living room or sconces by the fireplace. A well-placed lamp or two is also a good idea in any room. Don’t just limit yourself to what is already in place.
In closing, it’s the little things that pull a room together in terms of decorating. While the paint, wallpaper, flooring, and the furnishings are certainly focal points in the room, the accessories help the room feel warm and comfortable. If you look around homes where you love the feeling as you walk in, you’ll find there are usually a number of the “little things” that complete the look. Use those homes as inspiration for your own home.