Room Refresh Tips
I have been wanting to do a family room refresh for several months now, so when Sherwin-Williams asked if I would like to participate in National Painting Week it was the perfect incentive I needed to tackle my space! Below is a picture from my fall home tour of our family room done in Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt and Ramie. I loved this look but was ready for something new. The rug pictured below is a jute rug and unfortunately it met its demise with a bad drink spill. I replaced the ruined rug a few months ago with a gray trellis rug, and it just did not look quite right with my Ramie-colored walls. It was time to find a new shade of paint for the walls!
Another problem with this space is this boring, lackluster wall. We live in an urban row home with an open concept floor-plan on the main floor. This wall makes up a large portion of the space and it needs serious help. It does nothing to enhance the space and the sea of white doors really bugs me.
Maybe you’re currently in the same boat and are ready to give one of your rooms a little makeover. Here are some of my room refresh tips to help get you started!
Room Refresh Tip 1: Remove old accessories from your room.
The first thing I like to do before making over a room is to start with a clean slate. I remove all of the toss pillows, throw blankets, tabletop accessories, art, etc. that I no longer want in the space and I clean everything. This gives me a better visual for the new direction I want to go in–and it just feels freeing to have all the noise and clutter gone!
Room Refresh Tip 2: Gather online paint color inspiration.
Before choosing a new paint color, I find it helpful to gather online inspiration. Although it is important to keep in mind that monitors and photo editing distort paint colors, an online search will help you zone in on what you like and make all of those paint swatches seem much less overwhelming!
Room Refresh Tip 3: Gather paint swatches and samples.
Zeroing in on the perfect paint color can be difficult. I wrote an entire post on how I go about choosing the right paint color for my space here.
The most important tip I have learned (the hard way) is that it is much better in the long run to invest a few dollars into paint sample then it is to take your chances on a gallon! You might love a paint swatch but then find out that the color looks completely different once on your walls. The kind of light your room receives will sometimes significantly alter the color so it is always a good idea to test it out first.
Room Refresh Tip 4: Create a design board.
A design board doesn’t have to be fancy and it doesn’t have to be created online. You can use a sheet of poster board or even a notebook to create a design board. Your board should just be a place where you get a visual sense of how colors and patterns will play together. Creating a design board can help you save time and money.
For my color palette I chose (as pictured above):
- SW 7010 Dorian Gray
- SW 6133 Muslin
- SW 6204 Sea Salt
- SW 6478 Watery
I hope these tips are helpful as you prepare for your own room refresh. Stay tuned as I reveal my completed family room on May 11th for National Painting Week! There are many other talented bloggers participating as well so you won’t want to miss their room reveals and tips! In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of my living room. If you follow me on Instagram you can see another sneak peek of my space! I’d love to connect with you over there look me up @homestoriesatoz!
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