When it comes to renovating or decorating, there are some things most of us look forward to: choosing the paint colour for the wall, which sofa to pick, or that lovely lamp that makes evenings feel so cosy. Fewer of us get excited at the prospect of getting some DIY done to fix what can seem like minor details, but can potentially make or break a room.
If you tend to overlook some areas of your decorating or renovating projects, in this short post, I’ll show you which ones can turn out to be essential to tie a room together.
Baseboards & ceiling trims
You know how in supermarkets, products at eye level will prove more popular because we tend to overlook the top and bottom of the shelf? For walls, it’s basically the same thing. Giving walls a fresh coat of paint is great, but if you don’t sort your baseboards and ceiling trims, the final result may not look as neat as it could be.
Ceiling trims come in all styles, from the baroque to more contemporary designs – they’re a great way to not only make sure you have a clean line between coloured walls and a white ceiling (shout out to all clumsy painters!) but will give the room extra character.
Baseboards are not to be forgotten either: without them, walls tend to look a bit unfinished. You could even pick a different shade solely for baseboards to give the room a little extra something.
Radiators & towel rails
We know radiators don’t always make the top of decorating to-do lists, but they are an important part of our lives, and you most likely have at least one in each room. It’s all well to renovate a room, but if you’re keeping your 20-year-old, formerly-white radiators, you might end up feeling like something isn’t quite right.
Nowadays, you can find all matters of styles, sizes and colours so you can truly pick something that will either beautifully compliment your room or something that will be a stand-out piece in itself. If you have electric heating, you may even be able to replace the radiators yourself – it’s a much easier job than you may think.
Even if you’re a big fan of a classic white or metal finish, most brands offer subtle differences in the finish (think chrome, steel, satin, matt) that can truly make the difference.
Handles tend to be thought of purely as a practical way of opening and closing doors. While they certainly are, they can also be used as part of your decorating theme. Choosing bolder colours like copper or gold will make them stand out – they’re a great choice if you have darker colours on the door, like navy blue, for example.
Traditional styles also have been quite popular to ‘clash’ with modern interiors and bring a little je-ne-sais-quoi that your guests are bound to notice. Who knew you could have so many conversations about doors handles?
In the same line of thinking, switches tend to be overlooked during renovations. Still, while there is nothing wrong with a timeless white switch, there are now many fun, coloured options, or even some made in retro styles that can make them much more interesting.
You might need an electrician’s help for this kind of job, as dealing with electricity can be quite dangerous if you’re not properly trained – and always cut power when dealing with this type of work.
I hope that these ideas have inspired you to look at different areas of your interior that you may not have thought about, but after all, the devil is in the details! We have many posts about renovation or interiors to inspire you, so be sure to check these as well before you tackle your next project!