Decorating a room can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. The colors need to mix well together, the materials need to blend seamlessly, and most importantly, the scale needs to keep everything grounded. While this can sometimes create a lack of motivation to start the process, we think doing a few simple things, can take a space from flat to fantastic in no time. We spoke to interior designer Barbie Palomino to get her take on the simple things she does to make a space feel instantly updated. From using the right furnishings to choosing the right window treatments and paint colors, Barbie has some great tips to ensure your space has instant appeal. Read on to discover more!

The Right Furnishings Make All The Difference

Sofas in performance velvets (preferably in color!) feel inviting, demand attention, and are also practical. A single bench cushion seat means no one get stuck in a “crack”, plus it makes for a great nap spot.

Courtesy of Barbie Palomino

Window Treatments Add A Modern Touch

Our studio designs mostly modern spaces, so many of our clients prefer ripple fold or modern pleated drapery. We often mix in contemporary roller shades with the more formal drapery for easy shade and privacy.

Fresh Paint Colors Add Instant Appeal

Benjamin Moore’s White Dove is a long time fave, as are all the curated colors from Farrow & Ball. We adore using color in our design, so sometimes we stick to warm white walls and bring in color with cabinetry or furnishings.

Bold Pops of Color Give Life And Character

Pillows are always a classic approach to injecting affordable color into a space. I’m currently loving large, sculptural vases, in fun colors and found or interesting objects that can be displayed with coffee table books.

Courtesy of Barbie Palomino

Wallpaper Can Create An Exciting Wall Treatment

It makes us so happy wallpaper made a comeback, and is still thriving in the trend space! There are so many gorgeous options available now, in amazing patterns, textures and materials. Even in small doses such as backing a bookcase or a room ceiling, it makes for a wow moment.

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