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Whether it’s art or accessories, the finishing touch in an interior is key for tying a room’s design together and making the space live-in ready. We talked with eight designers about what their favorite finishing touches are that bring their vision to fruition after a diligent design process and make a space feel not only complete, but like home. Plus, they offer advice for final touch refreshes to effortlessly give a room an upgrade whenever you get that desire for a change.

  • “[When it comes to knowing if a room is still incomplete], it's really just a gut feeling. You step back, reflect on the space, and just know something needs to be added or modified. It's like almost any other creative process — you know when you've reached the final product, and you know when you haven't!"
— Elizabeth Krueger Design, Chicago, Illinois

Favorite Finishing Touches: "It may come as no surprise, but the last piece(s) we add to a space when designing are the accessories. Anything from books, trays, throw pillows, candles, vases, etc.! This is also our favorite part. It's amazing the impact these smaller items have on a design - don't underestimate the power of accessories! We look at the areas in need of filling or added depth, texture, and/or color. There is so much opportunity to be creative and adventurous when it comes to selecting and placing accessories. They really are a gateway to a playful and layered design!"

Design Advice: "Consider what's currently missing in the space. Is it too neutral? Too bare? Not as interesting as you hoped? Not consistent with other areas in your home? Once you identify what's lacking, build from there. Get creative and play around. Mix and match, place items in unusual ways and see how it feels. When it comes to accessorizing, nothing has to be permanent. Try things out until you land on a final collection and arrangement you love. The finishing touches in this space were the floral arrangements and accessories on the bookshelves. Fresh flowers and plants have an unmatched ability to bring life and luxury to any space so we try to use them as much as possible in our projects. In addition, the bookshelves offered the perfect opportunity to bring sophistication and interest to this study, while also providing a contrasting color scheme against the darker paint color."

    “[When it comes to knowing if a room is still incomplete], it's really just a gut feeling. You step back, reflect on the space, and just know something needs to be added or modified. It's like almost any other creative process — you know when you've reached the final product, and you know when you haven't!"
    Elizabeth Krueger Design, Chicago, Illinois

    Favorite Finishing Touches: "It may come as no surprise, but the last piece(s) we add to a space when designing are the accessories. Anything from books, trays, throw pillows, candles, vases, etc.! This is also our favorite part. It's amazing the impact these smaller items have on a design - don't underestimate the power of accessories! We look at the areas in need of filling or added depth, texture, and/or color. There is so much opportunity to be creative and adventurous when it comes to selecting and placing accessories. They really are a gateway to a playful and layered design!"

    Design Advice: "Consider what's currently missing in the space. Is it too neutral? Too bare? Not as interesting as you hoped? Not consistent with other areas in your home? Once you identify what's lacking, build from there. Get creative and play around. Mix and match, place items in unusual ways and see how it feels. When it comes to accessorizing, nothing has to be permanent. Try things out until you land on a final collection and arrangement you love. The finishing touches in this space were the floral arrangements and accessories on the bookshelves. Fresh flowers and plants have an unmatched ability to bring life and luxury to any space so we try to use them as much as possible in our projects. In addition, the bookshelves offered the perfect opportunity to bring sophistication and interest to this study, while also providing a contrasting color scheme against the darker paint color."


    Mike Schwartz

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February 8, 2019

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