Apartment therapy has a great article about how to keep a room from feeling flat - that is, like an over-designed catalogue that no one in their right mind would actually feel comfortable curling up in.
The article suggests including plants, mixed woods and ART (of course!), to which we would add books (real ones that you've read, not just coffee table tomes) and textiles, both modern and heritage - it's ok if they're a little worn in. When using art to perk up a room, don't be afraid to mix styles, sizes and frames including both vintage and modern selections - it will look more lived-in and unique. And as the article suggests, frame something quirky and personal to make the space truly yours! Click here for the full article. (Image: Tommy Smythe's Master Vignettes)