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11 Feb - 17 Feb , 2012
Perk Up A Room
Perk Up A RoomIt's about finishing touches that are required to get it right to the last detail

You have the shell of your room just the way you want it, you have painted the walls, put up the window treatments, moved the furniture around and cleaned up the mess. But the room doesn't look finished even though you think that the job of redecorating your room is done. There are lots of finishing touches that you can add to make the room look finished and welcoming. Some decorators feel that decorating a room or home should always be a work in progress. Whether it takes a week, a month, or a whole lifetime, finding just the right finishing touches for a room is really the fun part of decorating. Get some ideas from our list of finishing touches for decorating a room. Remember, you may never be finished, but you'll have fun along the way.
Perk Up A Room
Plants And Flowers
It's amazing what a quick transformation can be made with fresh plants and flowers. You don't need to find something dramatic and expensive. A simple plant potted in a decorative pot set on a coffee table, bookshelf, on top of a cabinet, almost anywhere, adds life and colour instantly. Be sure to keep fresh plants shiny and dusted. If you just don't have time to tend plants or if your room is dark, find some new artificial plants. These work great for out-of-reach spaces. But be sure to keep them dusted and perky, too.

Expand On A Theme
Everyone has a special interest. Travelling, sports, pets, flowers, children, and even a favourite book or movie can all provide focus for a room and offer ideas for adding finishing touches. Choose a theme for your room and select accessories, art, and colours to expand and enrich the theme.

Deck The Walls
Bare, boring walls get a real lift with a painting, colourful poster, collection of prints, or family photos. When working with art, try to focus on a colour scheme or theme. Unify the works with common colours, similar coloured frames and size and shape. One large piece can create a focal point in a room, while a small collection of pieces draw the eye for a closer look.

Get Grounded
Hardwood floor looks sleek and smooth, while wall to wall carpet adds softness and unifies large spaces. But an area rug, placed on top of the flooring, can create a special focus, provide a boundary for furniture and even divide a room into several spaces without walls. Classic oriental rugs can be found to fit almost any decorating scheme. Contemporary patterned or colour-blocked rugs add colour and character to the floor and the room.

Collection Of Your Favourite Things
If you collect anything such as dolls, books, teapots, cameras, or sporting equipment, use the collection as a point of interest. Gather the whole collection into one place or arrange the items around the room. Perk Up A RoomCeladon plates, blue and white porcelain, carved wooden pieces all offer themselves as works of art for a room.

Combine Textures and Feel
Contemporary interiors are often sleek and smooth, while cottage style rooms are usually soft. For a really interesting look and a comfortable feeling for a room, combine smooth and rough, shiny and matte, hard and soft in one room. The contrasts will add interest and help to avoid a boring room.

One Piece To Stand Out
Neutral walls and fabrics look clean and neat in a room. But to really draw someone's eye, add a punch of colour with lime pillows, orange mats on black and white photos, a hand-painted piece of furniture on the main wall, an animal print ottoman. Just one interesting accessory or piece of furniture will help make the room spectacular.

Accessorise It Well!
Go around the house and gather everything that looks interesting. Clocks, books, flowers, figurines, pots, mugs, and pictures really go a long way in brightening up a room. Try the pieces all around until you find just the right spot.

Spectacular Lighting
Instead of simple boring overhead lighting or a basic lamp, add some drama with interesting spot lights, ceiling track lighting and decorative lamps. Focus lighting on works of art, light up a dark corner on a bookshelf, and add dimmers to wall switches.

Old Architectural Elements
If you just don't want any more pictures, you might think about finding some pieces of architectural salvage. Place an interesting old iron fence section on the wall behind the sofa, use corner shelf supports Perk Up A Roomfor a bookshelf, cut wide baseboard moulding for a mirror frame, mount cut-glass door knobs to hang hats at the entry. These are just a few of the ways you can use interesting old salvage pieces to decorate a new room.

One Unique Antique
Add character to a boring room with one unique antique piece. You'd be surprised how an old chair, side table, wall shelf, lamp, or set of china will turn into a focal point and turn a room from drab to delightful.

Custom Stencils and Faux Painting
If you're an artist, or willing to give it a try, add colour with a hand-painted border, faux details, or colour accents. If you're not artistic, use some of the new wonderful stencils and provide interest with wall words, or floral motifs.

Add Interest Above
Draw the eye upward with a dramatic ceiling medallion. Draw a high ceiling down with faux ceiling beams. And add colour and design with stencilling around the ceiling.

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