Give Your Room a 'Slap in the Face'

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!

Sarah Davies


Interior Design and Soft Furnishing

07487 238 287

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