Adding the finishing touch

When you are planning to update a room it’s important to look at the other rooms around it. You need to focus not only on how this one room is used but how it interconnects with other rooms within the house. For instance, do you have to walk through it to get to the kitchen or dining room. If you use it as a walkway then it’s important to try to create a look that is in harmony with the rooms around it. One of the easiest ways to do this is with wall colour – it’s why so many new build houses are painted ivory or magnolia. It’s a good technique as you create a neutral backdrop and can then add any colour to it to create a new look.

Painting the whole of your ground floor one colour can also create a feeling of space. And if you want to add some interest you can simply paint one wall with a striking colour or add a wall paper. Once you’ve chosen your feature colour, simply ensure that any strong items in the room reflect this colour and try to take it through to other rooms as well. Working in this way means you are sure to follow your theme through the various rooms in the house.

For me finishing touches often come in a new or unusual piece of furniture. If much of your furniture is contemporary then why not add something a little different with an antique piece or even a vintage item from the 50’s or 60’s. This period is very popular at the moment with pieces going up in price.

I love to combine old and new and think an antique table with a modern piece of art and a table lamp can work brilliantly. Likewise an old chair covered in a modern fabric works equally well. If you spot an old piece of furniture or antique lighting which you fall in love with, you can be sure it will add a unique touch to your room.

If you’d like to inject more colour into your room but are a little afraid then play it safe and accessorise with colour. This way you can change the look of your room by simply switching your sofa cushions, changing a light shade and adding a piece of coloured glass.

If you’re thinking of developing your home or garden this year and need a little help or guidance then please give me a call – I’m happy to come out to your home and offer advice and support from a single pair of curtains to the whole house and garden.