Utilising your existing furniture into a new room design.
Updated: Feb 23
Jessica [insert your name] is a busy homeowner who is ready to put her stamp onto her home but is unsure what her style is. She loves to follow home decor trends and regularly saves pictures from Pinterest and Instagram but is now overwhelmed with ideas. She needs help to make her home functional and beautiful.
How much of that statement had you nodding your head in agreement?
Are you wanting to start a decorating project but feeling overwhelmed?
Should you follow the trends or do what feels good for you?
Wondering how to incorporate existing key furniture pieces into a new design?
I regularly hear from clients that they would love to refresh a space with colour, soft furnishings and décor pieces but are stuck with a sofa and flooring that they no longer love but cannot replace right now. They look at the latest trends, or browse the online stores, for inspiration but cannot figure out how to make these work in their home.
They then feel overwhelmed and take no action.
If this is you then STOP.
Building a new room design around existing furniture can be done and look amazing, you just might need some external help. That is where I come in.
Here are some room designs I put together around clients existing furniture.
Client 1 Living Room
This client had a yellow chair and sofa, plus an oak display unit (like the images below) which they wanted to incorporate into a new modern living room design. They had been following the grey trend for some time but did not want to paint the room grey, so I introduced this through accent pieces. The client was open to wallpaper on a feature wall and I recommended this geometric diamond wallpaper from World of Wallpaper.
An additional hexagon side table from Next was added to pull together the geometric theme, alongside the pendant light from Habitat.
There are so many great poster shops online now for modern art in so many different colours. These two were from H&M Home.
Client 2 Teenagers Bedroom
This client has a teenage daughter that loves colour. I love this as since my girls have grown up, they have moved away from pinks and purples to black and grey, although any animal print is now back which makes me smile. They had the existing flat front fitted wardrobes and a small double bed in the room. The mum was concerned about painting the walls pink, for when that fad ended, so I used colour in the room through the soft furnishings and décor pieces.
I recommended applying trim work to the cupboards to give some definition to the doors. The bedding selected was from La Redoute. The teen had a love of flamingos, so I used colour and simple line drawing art showcasing the bird in different ways from Desenio and Etsy. Small décor pieces were from Oliver Bonas.
Client 3 Living Room
This client had a large navy sofa and light wooden laminate flooring, which ran through the downstairs of the home. They wanted the space to feel very natural but quirky, plus loved pink but did not want it to become too overwhelming in the room. With any colour that a client is not sure about I would always introduce as an accent colour, in this room, through a large knit throw, cushions and within the art.
The use of real and fake plants brings a feeling of the outdoors to the space, and I teemed this with a wicker oversized lampshade from Maisons du Monde, and linen effect wallpaper from iwantwallpaper. The baskets from made.com and Mango wood side table from Maisons du Monde, both bring a texture element to the room.
For fun I added art from Desenio and the quirky candle sticks from My Vintage Home.
If these examples have inspired or given you ideas for your own room that’s fantastic.
If you would like my help putting together a design for your room, please drop me a contact request here.
Alongside the digital design I provide a full shopping list to source the items with costs so that you can stay on budget.
If you'd like to read about previous work please click here.