9 tips on how to bring a room to life

Think back to the last time you decorated a room.  The freshly painted walls, gleaming woodwork and newly arranged furniture.  But something was missing, right?  However beautiful the decor, a rooms feels unloved without those personal pieces that make a house feel like a home. Whatever the size of your home and whether it’s rented or your own, here at The Wooden Furniture Store, we’ve put together our 9 tips on how to bring a room to life with those final, thoughtful finishing touches.

The interesting touches

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So when it comes to adding those special little touches, don’t be afraid to decorate slow.  Take care and time to gather unique and interesting objects and experiment by moving them around the room to see where they feel best.   All of these little things tell the story of you.  To put it simply, accessories are what give a room its personality.  They add the details and there’s absolutely no rule that says your accessories can’t be an eclectic mix—you just want that room to feel inviting and lived-in.  Mantelpieces, bookcases, windowsills and work surfaces are the perfect place to show off your style.

The power of three or five

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We’ve all heard how important it is to decorate in odd numbers but it’s not just the quantities of threes or fives that make things more pleasing to the eye.  It’s good to introduce a sense of symmetry but don’t decorate with three of the same thing, vary the texture, size and sometimes colour, so the overall effect is collected but not too matchy.  It’s important to leave space around the objects so they don’t loose their impact and finally, don’t create a display that just looks good from just one viewpoint.

A well placed bouquet

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Plants in the home are one of the biggest design trends over the past few seasons.  Maybe the difference between the room you’ve spent so much effort redoing and those you’ve torn from magazines, might just be some well-placed flowers.  For a foolproof arrangement that works anywhere, try several flowers in a single style arranged loosely in a cylindrical vase.

Don’t leave blank walls

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There is nothing sadder than a room with blank walls.  Not every wall needs artwork but do include at least a few pieces to give a room some personality.  It doesn’t even have to be artwork – hang a huge textile on the wall or create a feature wall with some bold wallpaper.

Add some black

9 tips on how to add life to a room

Every room needs a touch of black. Why? Black adds a sense of depth, character and focus to a room like no other colour can.  It can be as simple as incorporating pictures in black wooden frames, or a black graphic print on your curtains, or even a piece of black lacquer furniture from our Nine Schools collection.

Think about window treatments

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Choosing curtains is often an overlooked design decision but it can really make or break a space.  Window treatments play a big roll in the mood of a room and can add a pop of color or pattern and become a focal point in a room, or fade into the background, letting your other furniture and accessories take center stage.

Lights to set the mood

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A room should have various light sources – from floor lamps and table lamps to statement pendants and chandeliers, lights set the mood in every room.   Consider dimmers (especially for the main light) to create a warmer, cozier feeling to the space.

Perhaps a touch of glam

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When in doubt, add mirrors for extra glamour.  Put a mirror above a cabinet to make it sparkle or in a niche to create the illusion of depth.

Don’t forget a rug

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Hardwood floors are nice but aren’t they even nicer when mixed with really stylish rug? Area rugs are the perfect way to add depth to your room as your eye will naturally follow the colour or pattern to the end.  A great area rug will help zones up an open plan space and help pull together what might otherwise just look like a random assortment of furniture in a large area.  Rugs can add texture, colour or pull a theme together in a room too.

How would you bring life to a room? We’d love to know, use the #woodenfurnitureroomstyle on our twitter, facebook or instragam feeds to show us how you’ve added those final finishing touches.