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​The Rewards of Paying Attention to Detail


Certain parts of design and decoration can be exciting. Picking out pieces of furniture, other major décor items, choosing colors to paint, and similar things can be easily done with little effort. It just feels exciting to think about your room in a different, cleaner, more vibrant color. But while these are important, these larger steps do not offer near as much return on investment as paying attention to small details.

The major parts of your décor and design choices are difficult and potentially expensive to change or fix. So, while it can be exciting to want to paint a room which feels somewhat drab or lacking, or to purchase a new expensive sofa set, why not start by adjusting little things which are much cheaper and faster to change? And if you have recently made major changes, it will almost certainly take some experimentation to ensure that you get everything right.

When looking to change small things, start to look at things quantitively. While some simply have a gift for picking out things, the rest of us have to make our examinations slightly more methodologically. Look at the colors used, and the way they contrast with one another. Are you using shades which go well with one another? Just because you have several shades of the same color it does not mean that they match. In fact, two colors that aren’t quite the same can be quite unpleasant together. Conversely, using the exact same color for multiple pieces can create a bland backdrop that can drop the mood of the room. Do some research, and even consider hiring a professional if you really struggle. Finding colors which contrast with each other in a way which brings out the strength in each can be a challenge but is well worth it in the end.

With this goal, look at all of the small pieces of décor, and look at how they match the backdrop and each other. Little things like changing a lampshade, picture frame, or the color of a tablecloth can be done quickly and easily, but make the entire ensemble appear much more professional and beautiful. If you have wooden décor, a simple refinish can transform a piece that you love but which doesn’t quite fit the décor, to the perfect completing element of a well-designed room. Wooden décor needs refinishing from time to time anyways, so it will be worth your time. 

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