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What’s the easiest way to update a room?

There is never a single answer to questions of design, but put creative, expert minds together and chances are you'll solve your style conundrums. We've assembled a panel of designers and a design blogger to share their secrets, straightforward principles and simple tips. The question this week: What's the easiest way to update a room?

Sara Parisotto

Designer and co-owner of Commute Home

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Style: "A bit of a foot in the past with sights on the future."

"Painting is a great way to quickly update a room and it's a project that can be tackled on one's own. There are programs out there now that allow for you to take a photo of your room and upload it to try different colours. Although it's always more fun to be surprised."

Robin Lewis

Interior designer at Elephants Limited and a host of Reno vs. Relocate

Style: "Purist, solutions-based design."

"I like updating through subtraction. Getting rid of stuff is probably the easiest way to update a room. Spend some time to find the key pieces that you need and are really going to make a difference."

Christopher Jones

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Founder of

Style: "Modern maximalist."

"Pillows and paint. And it doesn't have to be an 'and,' it could be an 'or.' If you change up the pillows on your furniture, you're going to get a different pop of colour and that's going to give you a completely different spirit in the room."

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Dave McGinn writes about fitness trends for the Life section and also reports for Globe Arts. Prior to joining the Globe, he was a freelance journalist, covering topics from trying to eat Michael Phelps' diet to why the Joker is the best villain in comics history. He's working on improving his 10k time. More


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