Sometimes you just need a change. Nothing drastic—just a little something that freshens up a space and gives the room a different perspective. The designers at Gary Riggs Home have come up with a few ideas to help you quench that desire for something a little different.

Throw Pillows

Something as simple as new accent pillows on chairs and couches can transform the look of a room. For example, if you currently have pillows in softer colors like neutrals and pastels, try switching to something bolder like reds, oranges and yellows.


Changing the lampshades in a room can also give it a new feel. Go from drab and traditional to exciting and modern with bold colors and shapes for an instant update.


Mirrors act much like windows do in a room, and they can double the illusion of space. Mirrors reflect corners and vistas of the room, therefore making the whole space feel bigger. But instead of hanging a large mirror over a mantel, try leaning matching large vertical mirrors against the wall on each side of the fireplace.

Borrow Scenery

In gardens, the Japanese call use a technique called shakkei, or borrowed scenery, which is the principle of incorporating background landscape into the composition of a garden. You can do something similar in a room with a large window by centering an eye-catching object—such as an intricately groomed tree or artistic statuary—outside the window.  When people enter the room, that object will draw their gaze outward, thereby extending the view of a room and making it feel bigger.


When you maximize the amount of light in a room, you increase the sense of space. Placing a white or light-colored tabletop beneath a windowsill will help to bounce light into a room. If the overhead lighting in a room is too harsh, try adding an extra layer of lighting to add warmth and character. Besides including table and floor lamps, you might also try installing accent lights over shelves and artwork.

Accent Wall

Changing just one wall in a room can do amazing things. Choosing a bold paint color will completely change the look of a room. Wallpaper also makes for a great accent wall.  If you have low ceilings, choose a pattern with vertical lines to increase the illusion of height. Horizontal lines, on the other hand, will bring the height of a ceiling down and increase the feeling of width in a room.


Are you tired of looking at the same artwork on your walls? Then refresh your room with vintage wood signs, intricate tapestries or metal art that casts shadows on the walls.


A plant or two can re-energize a room and add a bit of green to your space. Organic materials such as branches, rocks, shells and dried grasses can also bring the beauty of nature indoors.