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update your space

Our readers’ favorite interior designers give their top tips for transforming a room

1 Put Up Family Photos

People are often disappointed when they purchase a sofa and their space still feels incomplete. Staging a room is key – not everything has to be new. I prefer to use items the client already owns, adding a few new items when needed. Invest in high-quality faux plants. They not only add texture and warmth to a space but will last for years to come. I have faux plants in my home that still look new 20 years later.

While we can’t spend time together in person with everyone we would like to see at the moment, we are finding new ways to keep in touch and stay connected. Consider putting up a picture wall to keep family and friends in mind even when you are stuck at home. A classic place for a picture wall is a staircase, but a dining room, family room [or] playroom are great options, too. Your home printer and your iCloud storage of all those wonderful times over the last few years are great ways to DIY this project. Consider all black-and-white images with white or black frames for a classic, artistic look or go with fun frames and colorful images to brighten up a space. Mix photos, paintings and prints – or your kid’s artwork – for a colorful designer look.

Although hardwood floors are beautiful, a family room without a rug tends to feel sterile. When adding a rug to your space, don’t skimp [on the size]! A good rule of thumb is that, at a minimum, the front feet of each piece of furniture must be on the rug. [Other] great additions are window panels. Much like a rug, they can anchor a room and are a great way to add pattern and texture to a space.

Kat he r i n e G i an akos an d Pau la Fu ller to n o f Sew F i n e I I I n ter io r s say :

1 Analyze the Room

First, decide if the room works as is or if it just needs accessorizing. If the room really doesn’t work at all, you [might] need to start from scratch. If the room isn’t going to seat the number of people that you need, is not comfortable or is done in colors or a design style you don’t like, no matter what you do to try to fix that, you’re never going to like it. The first thing you have to do is make the decision, and that’s usually when a designer can help you. 2 Bring the Outdoors In

With people spending as much time as they are indoors, they need to bring nature inside. [Try] some very high-quality botanicals [like] silk floral arrangements and silk greenery, and natural-looking accessories – items made of wood, forged metal and stone.


2 Don’t Be Afraid of Change

Painting a room is something that you can do with your partner or kids as a family project or by yourself on a weekend. A new paint color can give a room a whole new look with a relatively small investment. A new color also gives your existing furnishings, accessories and window treatments a fresh feeling. Since you will need to move your furniture and accessories to paint, this also gives you a chance to look at the room in a new way. Just because that chair has always been in your living room doesn’t mean it has to stay there. Consider moving furniture to new locations in your home, swapping out accessories and throw pillows and trying out a different layout for your newly painted space. 


2 Rugs and Window Treatments


Carol i ne Shi l l i to of em m a del on says:

1 Use What You’ve Got


C hr ist y O ’ H ara o f Steel Ro o ts H o me D e co r says:

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