When decorating your home, you’ll want to start with the big items—painting rooms to the color of your choosing, switching out any appliances that are too old, and strategically placing furniture that matches your style and fits with the practical facets of your house. However, the real way to make a home feel lived in is with the perfect finishing touches.
Regardless of your style is classic and timeless or bold and eccentric, this is an area where you can be just a little more trendy and include personal items that bring back memories or generate feelings of joy. Luckily, if you don’t have a lot of home décor, these items can be acquired for little expense at various home goods stores, online shops, and even your local thrift store. There’s no need to spend an arm and a leg to perfectly furnish your home with just the right finishing touches.
You could also go the traditional route and decorate your shelves with books or have favorite reads stacked on end tables. Even if you haven’t picked up a novel since high school, having them placed around your living room will make your home seem warm and inviting. As a bonus, try adding a candle and some large coffee table books to your coffee table to make the space feel more full.
One finishing touch you can add to your bathroom is candles. Not only do they mask unpleasant odors, but they add a sense of coziness and luxury to an often overlooked room in the house. Choose candles seasonally for maximum effect—opt for fruit-based scents or fresh green scents in the spring and summer, and warmer scents like vanilla and cinnamon for fall and winter. Steer clear of any food-based scents like sugar cookie or cinnamon, as those can quickly overpower a smaller space.
Another personal touch you can add to your bathroom is a statement mirror. Whether you go big above the toilet or swap out the vanity mirror you already have, including a new piece can show off your personality in a big way. For those who prefer a simpler touch, adding succulents to the windowsill may be all you need
You’ll probably want to keep your bedroom as clutter-free and minimal as possible to promote relaxation, but some people still enjoy that fancy look. According to House Method, you can achieve that perfect bed-and-breakfast feel with lots of throw pillows and a cozy throw blanket on the bed. Choosing and layering pillows is kind of an art form. If you don’t know where to start, just pick two oversized euro pillows and a long lumbar pillow for a look that’s polished but does not require much upkeep.
Here are some other finishing touches you can add to a bedroom:
- A plant to your bedside table
- An essential oil diffuser to calm you down and help you fall asleep
- A favorite piece of artwork on the wall to make the room feel more inviting
An obvious way to add a finishing touch to the dining room is with fresh flowers on the dining room table, but if you don’t often use the room, it can seem like a waste. This is where high-quality silk flowers and other non-floral centerpiece materials come in. Choose a striking piece of pottery, a piece of driftwood, or a culturally appropriate table runner to finish off the dining room and give it a sense of drama. You could also switch out your hanging light in the dining room and go for a bolder light sconce or more traditional chandelier.
Since the kitchen is one of the most functional rooms in any home, you’ll want the finishing touches to be practical as well as beautiful. Keep an attractive bowl of fruit on the countertop, or for a smaller kitchen, choose a favorite quote or art print and hang it up near the sink where you’ll see it when doing dishes. This is a great way to motivate yourself, remember your favorite mantra, or simply welcome guests.
Another way you can spruce up your kitchen is by swapping out old cabinet hardware for more trendy knobs and pulls. You can buy these from your local home improvement store or other stores with a trendy home section, like Anthropologie, Wayfair, or Crate & Barrel.
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