Why Do I Need New Door Handles?

To many, decorating a room can seem overwhelming. There are so many factors to take into consideration and that’s just about what colour we put on the walls. So what happens when we get to the finishing touches? We often run out of steam, that’s what.

Let’s talk about where to focus our attention and energy once we’ve sorted the colour palette though. If you find redesigning a room hard work this task list should help keep you on track and ensure you think about all the necessary components required to make it a success.

1 The Overall Design

If you’re always stuck on what colours to choose or cushions to buy, think first about what look you want to create. The easiest way to do this is trawl through Pinterest, Instagram (don’t forget to follow me on Instagram when you’re there!) or homes magazines and pick out the images that jump out at you. Don’t overthink it, just click/cut out the ones you like and collate them together, identifying the themes that you are naturally drawn to.

This gives you a really good sense of what kinds of rooms, colour schemes and designs really speak to you. Whether that’s pale colours and minimal furniture through to dark walls, eclectic collections of art, and a complete clash of colour and pattern.

It’s you’re individual style and personality that will come through, even if you think you don’t have one.

2. The Colour Palette

Next up, armed with your overall look in mind, start pulling together your colour scheme. Think of the main colour, then add a secondary colour or two that you’ll use in moderation and as accents. They combinations can be complementary (close on the colour wheel) or contrasting (colour wheel opposites) depending on the final feel.

Complementary colours tend to create a more harmonious, calming scheme, whilst those that contrast are more vibrant and loud, and won’t always feel natural to many people.

3 The Furniture Layout

After you’ve identified the colours you’d like to work with, plan out your furniture. This may well impact how you decorate the walls – there’s no point hiding a feature wall behind a bank of wardrobes for example.

It helps to draw this out to scale, or physically move the pieces into position to help visualise the final result.

There are also apps and software that can help and give you a realistic idea of how the furniture will fit and how the room will look once finished.

4 The Finishing Touches

Now we’re onto the good bit. After you’ve decorated the room, added your colour, wallpaper, flooring and furniture it’s time to add the small touches. These are the pieces that often get left out.

Think about door handles, plug sockets, light fittings, radiators, shelving and more. They’re the smaller, less sexy aspects of the room that don’t always spring to mind, but make a huge difference when completing the redesign.

Door handles for example. Choose new door handles that coordinate with the style of your room. A sleek contemporary handle looks way better in a modern room that something your gran used to have.

Similarly, plug sockets and light switches all benefit with a move away from white plastic and help the final look and feel of your room immensely. If these aren’t aspects of a redesign you’ve considered before, do give them some thought next time.


If you're always overwhelmed by decorating, you need this handy checklist to help you with interior design. It walks you through exactly what you need to tackle and in what order so you get the home decor design you want and love. And yes, we talk about why you'll need new door handles! #lovechicliving #homedecor #roomdesigntips #interiordesigntips

5 The Personality

Then finally, start building up the final look and adding bags more personality into the room. How you style the space, what soft furnishings you add and even what kind of lighting you choose will all have an impact on the final feel of your design.

Don’t be afraid to try new things. Don’t be afraid to mix things up; it’s your home and you have to live in it. If you don’t like it in a few months, you can change it!

What’s your next decorating project? Me: the teenagers bedroom.

Jen x

Images: 1. Essential Home || 2. Covet House || 3. Brabuu

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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1 Comment

  1. Laura
    May 29, 2022 / 9:49 am

    The only thing I don’t agree is that door handles and sockets are less sexy! I just love how these small sleek elements can make the entire décor pop out. And since they serve a practical purpose and people use them all the time, they will definitely be noticed. So quite important to have a think about the right handles/sockets/light switches, etc

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