Five Essential Things Every Home Decorator Should Do for Instant Charm

As published in the fall of 2010 in the Edmonton Sun, Calgary Sun, Sudbury Star, Sault Star and the Sarnia Observer, Felicia Gimza – Founder of The Expert Touch Interiors was asked what five essential things every homeowner should do to update and enhance the look of their home. See the article below.

Instant charm By Carolyn Mctighe, Special to QMI Agency

Updating the look of your home doesn’t have to break the bank. With a few simple ideas, anyone can transform their outdated house into a more modern and fresh abode. Felicia Gimza, a Toronto-based interior design consultant and owner of The Expert Touch Interiors, believes there are five essential things every homeowner should do to update and enhance the look of their home.



Though many people often ignore this basic feature, Gimza believes good lighting can modernize the look of almost any room.

“If you want to light a room successfully, the key is to layer your lighting — which means you should have a combination of ambient, task, accent, and decorative lighting throughout your rooms.”

Ambient lighting are items like pot lights and track lighting for the whole room, while task lighting includes lighting over your sink for doing dishes, under the cabinets for preparing meals or above an island for preparing food. Accent lighting highlights features or elements in a space – “such as using a down light to highlight framed portraits on the wall or to accentuate the texture of a stone hearth,” explains Gimza. Decorative lighting are items like chandeliers, referring to the light fixtures themselves rather than the purpose for which they are being used.



Built-ins, like storage units, benches, and window seats, are another updating project Gimza believes homeowners should invest in. Many home improvement and furniture stores sell simple structures that can be added to the interior of any home with minimal effort. Other structures, like Murphy beds and inset bookcases, may require the help of a local contractor, and are typically not as expensive as one might think.



Adding texture and colour to a room is a well-known tip that many designers and decorators utilize. Kitchens and bathrooms are two rooms that are best suited for this refreshing technique.

“There are so many beautiful arrays of colourful glass tiles, sleek sheets of stainless steel, classic subway and mosaics tiles to choose from,” says Gimza. “Any of these easy-to-install backsplash ideas will allow your kitchen or bathroom to stand out and will also serve as a functional tool to protect walls from heat, grease, splashes and splatters.”



Changing the hardware on your kitchen cabinets is a simple and cheap way to make a big improvement in the overall appearance of your home.

“Your cabinets may not be a focal point in your kitchen, but they are definitely a prominent feature,” Gimza says. “Always consider the style that you have used to decorate the rest of your home and choose hardware that accentuates it. Pewter, brushed nickel, and polished brass blend well with traditional styling, while a contemporary look is best suited to high gloss metallic shine, stainless steel, and polished chrome.”



Changing out old carpet for sleeker new laminate floors can take a home stuck in the past and turn it into a more contemporary dwelling.

“When you’re considering flooring choices, consider the flow of your home,” says Gimza. “The more consistent you are with your choices of flooring (both style and colourwise), the better your home will flow. You will also want to avoid going with more than three flooring choices in your home. The key to good flooring design is consistency, practicality, comfort and cleanup.”