5 Steps to Give Your Room a Makeover

Summer is well under-way, and we know you’re busy! So busy in fact, that you probably haven’t had time to give your home that summer feel. At Doerr Furniture, we completely understand this, and have some expert tips to help you refresh your home affordably.

1. Use patterns to add interest, color and depth to your room.

Our first recommendation is that before you mix patterns throughout your room, you can start with accent pillows.  First lay out all your possible pattern choices and group them by color.  Once you group the different shades of color, you can focus on which pattern will work best.  Selecting an odd number of patterns works best, so pick 3 or 5 patterns in three different scales.  A large scale pattern should be the biggest and boldest and incorporate all the colors in the room.  Next pick a medium pattern that incorporates most of the colors and a small pattern that highlights two or three colors.  Finally, look at the relationships between the scale of pattern and color and read the room as a whole.

You can add contrast by working with different colors and different scales of pattern.
You can add contrast by working with different colors and different scales of pattern.

2. Make “scale” work for you.

How your furniture is arranged in a room not only affects the flow of traffic but also the mood of the room.  “Scale” refers to how the furnishings fit in your room and how they look next to each other.  If your furnishings have a similar scale, you will have a more serene look, however, to add visual interest you can vary furniture with different physical qualities of height, depth and width.  People always think that the room is bigger than it is, so make sure you have your measurements with you whenever you are shopping for furniture or accessories.

3. Pay attention to lighting.

Lighting is extremely important because it affects how we see color.  When a color looks different under varied conditions, it is referred to as metamerism.  Some colors, such as grays, taupes, gray-blue, gray-greens, lavenders, and mauves are more metameristic than others.

Because there is a complex interplay between the reflected colors from furnishings, wall, window, and floor coverings in a room, you need to make your selections under the correct lighting in your actual space.  Natural light will provide the best balance between the warm and cool ends of the light spectrum however it is not consistent.  Pay attention to where your natural light is coming from at different times of the day and under various weather conditions.

Lighting will affect the color of your room.
Lighting will affect the color of your room.

4. Try different textures.

Adding texture not only adds dimension to a room, it also sets the mood.  Silky pillows and velvet slipcovers make a space more formal, while denim slipcovers and corduroy pillows add a comfortable feel.  Note that the texture of a fabric will affect the appearance of color because different textures absorb and reflect light off their surface.  Satin and silks reflect light whereas wool will absorb light and make the color look warmer.

Different textures can bring added depth and character to your room.
Different textures can bring added depth and character to your room.

5. Create an accent wall.

Whether you’d like to define a living space or spotlight a treasured piece of artwork or architectural feature, an accent wall can create a striking, unique design element.  First use similar colors in fabrics, finishes, accessories, and furnishings to create a seamless transition from space, then decide where you want the eye to focus for the most impact.  Pull your accent color from your rug or furniture and create a focal point for your art or a particular area of interest, such as a fireplace.

There you have it! Our expert advice from our team of design consultants! Hope these tips help you transform your home into the summer oasis you look forward to enjoying every day.