We probably all have a favourite room in our space that we love. And if you thought hard about it, you likely spend a lot of time there. So the question is, what makes it your favourite?
Most every home has the same rooms — dining, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom — but it is what we put in those rooms that can make all the difference. I call those pieces game changers.
When you are looking for an update in a room, it is sometimes not that easy. The first thing you need to decide is what you want your new look to be.
A week ago I got a call from a lady who was looking for ideas to make some changes in her home. And they may, down the road, put it on the market. I visited for more than an hour, and made suggestions one room at a time. It was amazing how simple changes could excite her — window treatments, bedding, lamps, moving her beautiful prints around in different rooms. We even talked about possibly creating a dressing room area for her personal use — she had the room so why not use it? While she is living in it, she might as well enjoy it fully.
I know we both had fun.
When I help a new client, I always talk about the basics first — using the dining room as an office tells a new buyer there is not enough room, so make sure the dining room is shown for what it is, a dining room.
That goes for closets, garages and all the other rooms that were built for a specific purpose.
Decor game changers
If you buy a new lamp, look for a base that is clear glass with simple metal and a simple shade. I always pick a white one as it shows the most light. Once you add a colour to the shade, the light tends to move inwards.
Another example of a game changer piece is a large ottoman with storage. It has a silent purpose built in. It could be the storage but maybe it could be the fabric you chose — herringbone or tweed that brings it to life.
What is basic to one can be a wow factor to others, but the one thing that we all can count on is that these pieces do not have to be pricey. They just need to be thought out before the purchase.
So what will your choice for game changing pieces be? One new item or a full room redo?