5 keys to a room make-over

Hello!  I am working on pulling together a teen girl bedroom this week, and today I'm sharing the key elements I always consider when beginning the planning phase of a room make-over.  It can feel overwhelming, but it doesn't have to! 

Using this guide will hopefully give you the boost or inspiration needed at this gray time of year, to tackle a room make-over in 2017!  

5 key elements to a room make-over

1.  Color

Choose your wall color.  Though I love bold colors, I prefer to bring those in with the accessories, not the walls!  And, there many variations of color (light, dark), so you can still do color on the walls if your heart desires.  In my experience, when I go bold on a wall, I get tired of it.  So I tend to be more conservative when it comes to wall color; often choosing grays, whites, and subtle/muted (light) colors.    

2. Color Scheme  

Choose your other colors.   Usually I start with three, and might add one or two additional accent colors.   Consider whether you are a cool color person (like blues, greens, purples), or a warm color person (like reds, oranges, yellows).  Start from there.  Then, think about what combinations you like.  The link below is a great explanation of the colors and color combinations using the basic color wheel:  (from tigercolor.com).   


There are so many color resources out there, that it can be overwhelming!  That, in addition to the million different shades of every color in human existence, doesn't make it any easier! Starting can be the most difficult part but.....

Here is some simple advice:

Find pictures that catch your eye.  Usually those pictures contain the colors you like.  The pictures don't have to be pictures of rooms, either.  Starting points can be a rug you love, a pillow, picture on your wall, or your bedding.  Then, work off that.  The colors in your inspiration piece will be the colors you bring into the room with furniture and accessories. 

OK. You've chosen your color scheme.  Now, you're ready to choose pieces for your space. 

3.  The big pieces

Always start with the big pieces (furniture), because these are the more permanent "fixtures" in a room.  If you like what you have, great; no need to change something that's working for you.  If not, it's time to shop for new pieces, or, use what you've got and update it in some way, or, shop second-hand, or, a combination of all of these.  It's not always about shopping for brand new pieces!  The route you take, doesn't matter.  The important part is how it all comes together in the end. 

The bed is the largest piece in this small bedroom. All the other items in the room were chosen based on this bed.

The bed is the largest piece in this small bedroom. All the other items in the room were chosen based on this bed.

How do you choose your large pieces?  Start by defining how you want the space to function. If it's an office, you need a desk, and a desk chair....maybe another accent chair to relax in.   Then decide on an arrangement.  Whether the room is a work space, or a place to put your feet up, always think about your movement in the room, and that will help you place your furniture.   It has to make sense!   TIP: Consider removing pieces you don't need!  We tend to think we need to add something to change a room, but often it's the opposite!  Remove unwanted "things" and things that are not utilized to their fullest potential in a room! 

4.  The Smaller pieces

Now you are ready to think about the smaller pieces like all the accessories that will showcase your chosen colors, and your style.  Accessories is a broad category and I could write about it all day, but, today's post is about basic considerations for refreshing a room.   The smaller items include....

  • Window treatments/curtains

  • Rugs

  • Decorative pillows

  • Decor for your shelves, and tables, blankets

  • Wall art

5.  Texture

Lastly, don't forget about texture.  Accessories like throw blankets, pillows, baskets, rugs, curtains, furniture, and even a stack of books, are all opportunities for bringing texture to a room.   Mixing texture is key to a visually appealing and interesting room.   For example, a rustic sea grass rug under a modern piece of furniture.  Or, a wicker chair in a room full of non-wicker furniture.   Adding baskets for your magazine or book storage is also a simple way to bring in texture.  There is no limit. 

If you have a throw blanket or decorative pillow in your house, then you are using texture! Go nuts with it....add more, and experiment with furniture and accessories that have lots of texture! 

Room make-overs are great for so many reasons.  How our rooms are decorated, the colors, the arrangement of furniture, the accessories....all of it impacts our feelings and emotions.  There are hundreds or research articles on this very topic!  But I think what we know instinctively is this:    

Our surroundings directly affect us.......probably in more ways than we realize!

I hope you can take away a tip or two from today's post for your next room make-over!  Stick with the basic elements, and you're well on your way!

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