5 Design Secrets for a Room You’ll Love



Are you ready to update a room but don’t know where to start? Farah Merhi from Inspire Me Home Décor shares her ultimate style guide to designing a space you’ll love for a long time—plus, her tips are budget-friendly! Often when her Instagram followers ask her how to update a room, they don’t know where to start. There’s no big secret, just a few easy ideas and you’ll be on your way to glamorous new look without breaking the bank. Her first rule is that the big stuff needs to be versatile–and the easiest way to do that is to choose a neutral color and go for durability. A sofa like that has a classic silhouette like this one, with a solid wood frame, and durable linen blend fabric in a neutral color has plenty of style. You’ll never get sick of the style and it’ll last a long time. Sometimes when people hear “neutral” they think boring. Wrong! Just like your wardrobe, where you invest in well-made jeans and shoes that will withstand trends and wear-and-tear, it’s worth investing in a sturdy sofa and solid coffee table. Then, like our closet accessories, we can have a little more fun with pattern, color, and trends in accessories, only instead of shirts and jewelry, let’s have fun with decorative accents in this room, just like with this wall art duo. We love the botanical print and the bright bold flamingos! Wall art can completely transform a room. Rule number two is to anchor the room with a rug. A new rug will make the space look clean and new. This overdyed rug has a traditional pattern but the super saturated tone is the glam update that I’m looking for. It also is the perfect size to center the furniture on and ground the room. Rule number three is to update pillows seasonally. One of the most cost-effective ways to update any room with a fresh new look is to change out pillows. You can also simply get new pillow covers to change the look throughout the year. Speaking of seasonal updates, depending on the climate where you live, it might be worth investing in a second set if curtains, like these double-lined options. Where Farah lives, winter means drafty windows. Double-lined curtains insulate the home and can block light. If your climate doesn’t change, your selection can be purely decorative. Remember to always install curtain rods a few inches below the ceiling to add height—it’s one of Farah’s favorite design tricks! Rule number four is to add plenty of balanced lighting to make the space inviting. Without proper lighting, you won’t use a room all the time. Lamps on side tables make the space inviting and add style. Black lamp shades? You can’t go wrong with this bold look. The last rule is to finish the room with a throw blanket. A throw instantly boosts the comfort of a space, adds a pop of color, and it’s really inexpensive. Luxury fabrics like cashmere, merino wool, and faux fur make a huge difference and last a long time. Keep the throw blanket draped over the side of the sofa for a relaxed yet elegant look. Plus, we love having one close by to cozy up to. There you have it! At home, you can start with what you have. Whether its furniture from the same room or from around your home, a new layout will give the room a fresh look. Thanks for watching! We hope you learned something while you were here! Happy shopping!


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