Home Interior Decorating A Guide to Refresh Your Home

A Guide to Refresh Your Home

by Debbie Correale
Room Refresh Tips for the New Year

Clients frequently contact me at the start of a new year for a room or home refresh, a new look, or a style. After the holidays, when the festive decorations are stored, I get phone calls saying, “I need your help; I need to do something with my ____ room.” Fill in the blank; it is an area of your home you want to update or change. I will review a few ideas in this article to get you going!

Dilemma:  Unhappy with the look and feel of a room. Follow these tips to refresh your home:

Tip #1: Add an eye-catching element to the room. 

Consider adding a large piece of artwork, a unique light fixture, or a statement piece of furniture. When people walk into the room, the eye will be drawn to the element, creating an exciting and fun feeling factor. 

Tip #2: Update the lighting in the room. 

I recommend a light-colored shade to maximize light in the room. Use a triangle concept for the number of lights in a room; therefore, three light sources. Use the same color and shape of shade and light bulb in each light fixture. I also suggest using a similarly colored lamp base or metal to tie the room together in a cohesive style. Depending on your lighting needs, I recommend adding dimmers so everyone in the household is happy. For more lighting tips, check out my article, Create a Healthy & Restful Home: Lighting for seven lighting tips.

Tip #3: Use fewer and larger decorating accessories.

Over the years, one of the biggest challenges I encounter with my clients is that they have too much stuff in a room. When you get accustomed to it, you may not notice how busy a room appears or how the result can make you feel.

My recommendation is to remove all accessories and decorating elements from the room. Create the model home of your dreams on Pinterest or a vision board. Shop your home, and pull pieces that would complement your new style. Place all pieces intentionally, using fewer items, potentially replacing three small things for one large element.

Tip #4: Paint the room!

Over time, your preferences change, and the paint color you chose five or more years ago may not fit what you want now. For example, if you have a cool paint hue on your walls, you may want a warmer feeling paint hue, and a new paint color can instantly accomplish that goal! For further tips on choosing a paint color, review my article, How to Pick a Paint Color.

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If you need help making your dream room a reality, let me help you create the space. Call me at 610-955-8202 for a consultation, and I look forward to assisting you with your project!

By Debbie Correale, Redesign Right, LLC. Stay connected on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Houzz, and LinkedIn. Feature image licensed from Sheila Say | Shutterstock.

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