10 tips for revamping and updating your room by Sarah Davies of FLOELLA.
Have a clear out. I would say this is where you should start – a big clear out. It’s amazing how this will change the room and refresh just be clearing out / throwing away. Get carpets/upholstery cleaned.
Set a budget of what you want to spend and stick to it.
Planning is the most important thing – Make a list of what you would like to do to that room, i.e. paint / new cushions / new sofa? And then see realistically what you can afford.
Think out of the box. If you are wanting a new sofa but budget is not allowing for that and everything else you want. Think about maybe re-covering cushions on the sofa instead or adding throws and a selection of lovely new scatter cushions. Maybe keep the sofa but get it deep cleaned and purchase a gorgeous statement chair instead.
Create a mini design board – this can easily be done on the computer. It helps you focus on what you are looking to achieve and what you need and what your style/colour is. It’s very easy to get distracted in shops so if you have something to refer to it will keep you focused.
A lick of paint or adding a statement wallpaper will instantly refresh your room.
Upcycling – a great and inexpensive way to update or refresh a room. Check out those junk/vintage stores for old retro pieces and get painting.
Think about lighting - a good update is to get rid of central pendant lights and add dimmable spots, then you can add various floor and table lights to add layers.
Add in some wall art – pictures on walls can create a great feature – think about your space and use it well. Go large; really use and fill that space. Think either one very large piece or group together large frames to make a good statement piece.
Add flowers and plants – they give such a lovely energy to a room. If like me you struggle to keep anything alive when it comes to plants (I’m fine with little humans!) then fake it! I have a lovely bowl of fake flowers on my coffee table. They never die and always look great.
Be Brave create a Wow factor. Think of those lovely places you visit, bars/restaurants/hotels – what do you love about those. What do they have that makes you excited. SO many of my clients will love a scheme and then end up taking out the bits that make the impact and make it a wow room because they are just not sure about making that leap as it’s a bit out of their comfort zone. It may be a fab statement floor tile or rug or a striking chandelier or table lamps or an amazing fabric on a chair that just lifts and finishes the room perfectly. I promise you being out of your comfort zone is a great place to be... give it a go!
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