Interior decorators reveal the best way to revive a drab room

If you’re not looking to commit to a full-on renovation, you can easily revive any room with a chic paint job or colourful wallpaper.

Whether you want to brighten, darken, or just change the personality of a room, here are a few tips Drew Stuart and his business partner Adam Rolston at Incorporated Architecture and Design shared with us.

Bohemian Apartment Dining

Incorporated Architecture & Design

Don’t be afraid of patterns

While you could go down the solid-colour route (in which case you could consider a paint job), Stuart and Rolston like to encourage their clients to experiment with textured and/or patterned wallpaper.

“Everything starts with the wallpaper,” Stuart explained.

In the above “Bohemian Apartment” project, the duo used a wood-ribbed wallpaper for the dining area, and a pale, tree-patterned one in the next-door playroom. While this created a nice contrast between the two rooms, it simultaneously tied them together by sticking to a natural, neutral-coloured theme.

Bohemian Apartment Study

Incorporated Architecture & Design/Annie Schlechter

Colour blocking makes things cosy and cohesive

Above, Stuart and Rolston used a colourful, leaf-patterned wallpaper on three sides of a study. “It’s called colour blocking, and it creates this really cosy niche,” Stuart said.

Rolston and Stuart further recommend taking one additional step to tie a room together even more. “Use everything: a room’s architecture, wall coverings, and colouring,” said Rolston. Following their own advice, they painted the built-in bookshelves in colours that matched the wallpaper.

Unify a room with one colour

For a bold and chic aesthetic, Stuart and Rolston like to stick to just one colour for everything.

In this case, the two used the same bright blue for the walls, cabinet, and even piano.

“[Using one colour] really brings a room together into one composition,” said Stuart. “It also creates this ‘wow’ factor that always seems to please the eye.”

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