Refresh Your Room in a Day

Posted in: Uncategorized- Aug 02, 2013 1 Comment


If you’re anything like me, you tire of your room decor every so often. Sometimes the thought of redecorating an entire room can be overwhelming, so it remains as is.  But giving your room a face lift doesn’t have to be a daunting task, in fact you can make a huge difference in just one day or even a few hours.  Here are a few tips and tricks I use to give my room a “refresh”:


1. Paint an accent wall.

Painting is one of the easiest, most cost effective ways you can change up a room and it packs alot of punch. Painting just one focal wall takes very little time and the effect is dramatic. Best bang for your buck.


2. Change out your throw pillows.

Such a small thing, but pillows can change the whole look and feel of your room. Throw pillows are one of my favorite ways of accessorizing, there are so many colors, textures, shapes and sizes to choose from and they are fairly inexpensive as well.


3. Change out your lamp shades.

This is one that people rarely think about, however a lamp shade is a quick, easy way to change up your look. Go from blah to bold or from colorful to muted.


4. Paint your furniture.

This sounds scary but in fact it is a fun, simple way to change things up. Take a small side table or coffee table and put your own mark on it. My favorite paint to use for furniture is chalk paint. You don’t need to prime your piece, it covers amazingly well and has a gorgeous finish. Here is a great tutorial on how to paint furniture with chalk paint.


5. Take everything off your vignette piece

     (coffee table, side table, console, wherever you create a vignette in your room).

When you take everything out of the room you can see more clearly what you have to work with and where you want things to go. It also helps to pare down and simplify, then you can add back accessories in a way that is more pleasing to your eye.  When creating a vignette, I like to start with a large base peice like a tray or lantern. Stack a few books in the tray or next to the lantern and top the books with a fun or unexpected item. Add a vase of flowers and maybe a candle (or three, haha) and you’re done. You don’t want it to be too crowded. Here are a few examples of vignettes:

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 6. Take a picture.

How many times have you thought you had something perfect, only to see a picture later and realize it didn’t look quite like you thought it did. Once you feel your room refresh is complete, take a picture room and then analyze it to see if it is working for you.  If not, ask yourself what you don’t like about it and what you can change to make it better. Make those changes then take another picture. Repeat the process until you are happy with the results.


Here are a couple examples I put together of a quick room refresh. The first is a more neutral palette, the second is a “pop of color” palette.

I started with these throw pillows I found and fell in love with. I decided to tailor my room refresh around these pillows.

throw pillows

Have you heard of “Chip It!” by Sherwin Williams? It lets you upload any picture, takes several coordinating colors from your photo, then matches them to Sherwin Williams paint colors. I love this tool! I used the “Chip It!” feature with my pillows to find some awesome color options for an accent wall.



My personal favorite is “Porpoise” but if you wanted to go a little lighter my next choice would be “Bungalow Beige”.


From there I created this neutral mood board with just a couple pops of color:


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And this more colorful mood board:

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One Response to “Refresh Your Room in a Day”

  1. Name says:

    Love your post on how to refresh your room in a day! I have been feeling like my house is “tired’ and will definitely use these approaches!