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We are often asked "what is the quickest
way to make a space feel new or re-
freshed? - and the answer is always "dec-
orate your walls!"
I once read in a magazine, "A Home is not
complete until you decorate your walls." I
couldn't agree more!
Accessories play no small part in the fin-
ished look of an interior space. It 's typically
those fine details and carefully selected
pieces that give your space that "wow" factor.
And, as I will explain, they can uplift a space
to feel new again.
First up are mirrors. Decorative mirrors
have become such a staple piece in recent
years, and are offered in so many shapes and
sizes, that they lend themselves well to every
style from Traditional to Modern. Each with
it's own personality and flair; there's always
lots of options for any space.
Mirrors can be as budget-friendly or lavish -
as you wish. They add interest to a space and
have the versatility most other accessories do
not. A room can be transformed to glam-
orously chic, elegantly modern or contempo-
rary cool. Whatever your taste is, I guarantee
you will find the perfect match! And if not you
can always have one custom made, which is
not as expensive as you would expect. You
can create you own mirror at any of our local
Dark rooms with a lack of natural light ben-
efit greatly from mirrors as it opens up the
space. Dining Rooms with crystal chandeliers
look exquisite with an addition of an over-
sized mirror to reflect light. If you are afraid to
commit to hanging on the wall and having
that dreaded hole to fill in the event of mov-
ing it around, try leaning the mirror against a
wall instead. Mirrors with chunky frames and
that are at least 6ft tall work best for this
look; but beware, this is not ideal for homes
with young children.
If you're not easily intimidated and you're
not concerned with all the holes in the wall,
try creating a feature wall with a mix of mir-
rors. This look can be great in an eclectic
home where you can easily mix and match
finishes and create something quite spectac-
ular that will be the topic of all your guests'
conversations when they visit. If you are star-
ing at a blank wall in your Living Room try this
Similar to mirrors but more personal and
available in every imaginable size, colour,
shape and texture is ART. By far my favorite
finishing touch is adding an exquisite and col-
orful art piece to a room. Art adds character,
personality and colour to a space. I try to en-
courage my clients to not worry so much
about matching their art with the room, but
more with loving it.
Purchase what you love and you will always
love your home because it is a reflection of
you. Don't get lost in the notion that it must
match perfectly, in fact we actually prefer
that our clients select their own art because
we believe so strongly that it is a very per-
sonal decision and connection with the piece.
Size is important when selecting art how-
ever, so be sure to note measurements of
walls and furniture that will have any "rela-
tionship" with the piece - the staff at local
Galleries are very helpful and should be able
to guide you. Trinidad is bursting with local
artists whose work ranges from watercolors
to oils and acrylics; the options are endless
and buying local art is always such a reward-
If you cannot afford an original there are
great options for prints and my personal go
to is Canvas Art, which again is offered locally
in various shapes, styles and sizes. This is a
great option if you're on a budget!
Art infuses a sense of energy into a home;
it's like a breath of fresh air that can trans-
form your space into feeling new and rejuve-
We hope you find these tips helpful in mak-
ing your spaces feel "New" again.
TCD decor featuring artwork as focal point.
Photo by Rene Ortiz
This handmade original mirror by TCD instantly gives new
dimension to a room. Photo by Rene Ortiz Photography
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