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Elevate your Space with Finishing Touches

Acclaimed HGTV designer, Rebecca Hay, shares her expert advice.

Finishing touches are what elevate a space from good to great. These are the small details that are often overlooked. Whether a hard element like cabinet knobs, mirrors or softer elements like pillows, these are the small seemingly insignificant items that will give your space that designer look.


Once the reno is complete and the hard finishes are executed seamlessly it’s those added decorated touches that will finish it all off and pull the design together. Here are a few ways that we like to add these finishing touches.

You may not think too much about it but taking a standard nightstand and switching out the cabinet knob will add unique  impact to your space.  We took a store bought wood night stand and replaced the standard knob with a new shiny polished nickel pull.

Adding floating  shelves to a feature wall can provide added function and interest maximize the WOW factor. This pebble wall was pretty but adding the live edge wood shelves enhances the beachy feel and adds a place to set your book and a glass of wine!


When in doubt add mirrors for extra glamour like we did above this freshly painted dresser. Groups of three are always a go to. They add great visual interest and a chance to check your makeup before you leave the room.

Toss cushions can also be an overlooked detail. Throw pillows that are 18” or less can read store bought. We always do custom pillows but if you are looking for ready made, search for larger pillows. They will make the whole look of your living room more high end.

As an Interior Designer I always start any renovation project with big picture planning and then round out the design with these tiny last details.  Creating a beautiful home is all about those finishing touches. It’s these final elements that pull the space together and help turn a house into a home. So whether you’re planning a bid scale reno or a small re-decorating project, don’t forget the finishing touches!

About the Author: Designer Rebecca Hay, is the Principal Designer of Rebecca Hay Designs Inc. This Toronto award winning boutique design firm for over decade has been offering complete design & renovation services for residential, commercial and vacation properties.  Known and celebrated for her design work and appearances on various acclaimed HGTV shows, Rebecca and her team design classic liveable spaces that reflect their owner’s personality. Servicing clientele throughout Toronto , GTA ,Canada



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