6 Steps for Updating a Room

Interior decorating is like putting together a fantastic outfit. It starts with the basics and builds from there, ‘layering’ in items as you go right down to accessorizing. Decorating a room is really no different and this week I share tips on how to layer a room to get a look you that reflects your style and taste.

1. The basics

Start by really looking at your space and think about what you need or would like to change.


  • Are they in good shape?

  • Do they need replacing or refinishing?

  • Is the carpet worn or beyond cleaning?

  • Do you want to replace carpet with hardwood or tiles?

Walls and Ceiling

  • Do these require patching?

  • Is there wall paper that needs to be removed?

  • Do you want to remove walls?


  • Do you want or need new lighting fixtures?

  • Does the space require additional lighting fixtures?

  • Do fixtures need to be relocated?


  • Does the space need more windows?

  • Do existing windows need to be enlarged?

Philipp Berndt, Unsplash

Philipp Berndt, Unsplash

2. Colour Palette

This is where your creativity can really come into play. There are a number of considerations when developing your colour scheme:

  • Do you have a fav go to colour you return to time and again?

  • Do you want to use one of the paint industry’s colours of the year?

  • Have you found a beautiful duvet or throw pillow or do you have a piece of art that is going to be the inspiration for your colour palette?

  • What use will be made of the room?

  • What ambience to you want to create in the space?

Feb 6 - Pic #2 Paint Decks.jpg

3. Furniture

Once your space has been painted it’s time to add in the furnishings.

  • place the sofa and chairs so that you create a comfortable conversation area

  • position your bed and bureaus so there is space for opening drawers and doors and for easily moving around the furnishings

  • place the dining table and chairs so that they are convenient to the food prep area, provide ease of access for setting and cleaning up and so that you and your guests can have easy and comfortable access

4. Lighting

Every room should have 3 levels of lighting:

  • ceiling

  • task

  • accent

Do you need new table or bedside lamps? How and where could accent lighting be added to bring ambience to your room?

Krissia Cruz, Unsplash

Krissia Cruz, Unsplash

5. Textiles

The next ‘layer’ in a room comes in the form of textiles. These can include:

  • Draperies or toppers on the windows which bring instant softness to a space

  • Linens, throws and pillows in a bedroom

  • Throws and pillows in a living or family room

  • Table runner and placemats on the dining table

For additional texture and depth in your rooms, use a patterned fabric for draperies, throws, duvets, pillows, placemats and napkins. A mix of patterns can add contrast and drama to your rooms, think stripes and polka dots, paisley and stripes or plaid with stripes. The secret to making it work instead of looking like a hot mess is to use patterns of a similar scale and in similar colours.

6. Accessories

The final layer and finishing touch to your space is the decor accessories (the best part IMO!) such as:

  • artwork

  • florals

  • vases

  • art objects

  • candles

Lost Horizon, Mary Derrick

Lost Horizon, Mary Derrick

As with an outfit, remember that less is more, use a variety of shapes and sizes to provide scale, movement and balance, add in texture for depth and visual interest and of course the rule of odds!

I’ll be popping into your inbox next week to share more tips, tricks and ideas for creating a comfortable, livable and accessible home - stay tuned!

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