Get the finishing touches right and transform your home

When it comes to creating a space you love in your home, the little things matter. A perfectly positioned rug can transform a study into a luxurious hideaway; layers of lighting from lamps and candles can bring drama and intrigue to any room; and the right soft furnishings can leave you longing to return to your living room the moment you leave it. With so many options, we’ve pulled together a few top tips to help you make the most of the finishing touches that can transform your home.

Learn how to make the most of a rug

Lavish, elegant, timeless – a rug can make a huge difference to the feel of a room. To make sure your chosen parcel of pile looks the best it can, make sure the legs of your furniture are all on the rug (best for large rugs and rooms), all off the rug (best for small spaces), or only have their front legs on it (if you want to create a sense of openness). Trust us – it works!

Don’t be too theme-y

It’s all very well to have a theme for each room, but don’t go overboard; remember – subtlety is key. Going for a nautical theme? Don’t make the room look like it’s where Captain Ahab spends his downtime. Go for a few bold feature pieces that avoid the obvious clichés and tell the rest of the story with your palette, a few carefully chosen artworks, and some smaller touches.

Create a focal point

Every production has a star – the same goes for interior design. Pick one major element – whether it’s a vibrant canvas, a statement light, or even an unusual ornament – and use it to anchor the room. Choose something that naturally draws your eye and build your décor around it.

Add layers of lighting

Like ogres, beautiful lighting has layers. Whether it’s candles, lamps, or other ambient lighting, layers of lighting intrigue the eye, highlight various areas of interest, and can bring variety to a room. Remember – in a room where everything is lit evenly, nothing stands out.

Do what you love

Of course, the thing that matters most when it comes to your home is that you love it. The best advice anyone will ever give you is to create a room that makes you smile – one that you just adore spending time in. After all, isn’t that the whole point?

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