The devil and the details


Leonardo DaVinci said, “Details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail.”

It is proven over and over that the little things can matter most – especially when it comes to decorating.

When a space has a good structure, but lacks the panache needed to turn your head, it might just be lacking finishing touches. Sometimes small changes and tweaks can add energy and style to your room.

  • One of the easiest is to update with pillows. Consider shapes other than the 18×18 square.  One of my favorites is the ball-shaped pillow!
  • These same pillows can announce a new color palette. The drama of a monochromatic room that features a piece of art bursting with color can be softened with a couple of the hues in the pillow fabric.
  • Remove art prints under glass and replace with original art…even if you need to be the artist! Glass is reserved for photos, pen and ink, and watercolor.
  • Frame a handwritten note from a loved one.
  • Change an area rug or pull it up to expose hardwood or tile floors.
  • Put your lighting on a dimmer for a more ambient atmosphere.
  • Overlap and layer empty frames painted in bold accent colors.
  • Remove tired towel racks and replace with hooks. Drape thick, new towels over the hooks for a textural difference.
  • Replace fussy accessories with ones that are clean-lined in bold, solid colors.
  • Lean your artwork rather than hanging it for a way to easily move it later.
  • Consider cowhides as rugs for a dramatic statement.
  • Add some chevron pattern to your decorating for a trendy look.
  • Peek under the skirt of a dated sofa to see what it would look like if reupholstered without the skirt.
  • Update your bathroom faucet and lighting for a big impact!
  • Stack your books or display with the page edge visible.
  • Clear the clutter from tables and surfaces. I promise you won’t miss that coupon for 25 cents off mayonnaise, and that your losing scratch-off lottery ticket won’t suddenly turn into a winner.

If your décor is modern, force yourself to buy one traditional item for your room. It will warm it up. Conversely, if you are traditional, a modern piece will add life to your space.

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