9 Easy Decorating Secrets That Are Room Changers

Looking for some simple, budget-friendly ways to make over your interiors? These tricks will have a big impact on your room -- and not your wallet.
  1. Play Up Architectural Details

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    For an updated take on traditional decorating, leave the walls white and paint the moldings and window frames a bold color.

  2. Hang Oversize Lamps

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    To create some drama in a small space, pendant lighting is the key. Hang simple-yet-modern lamps to draw your eye up, add a pop of color to the room and leave more floor space unobstructed.

  3. Chalkboard Paint Isn’t Just for Kids

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    The rich, steely color of chalkboard paint makes a dramatic focal point in an entryway, kitchen or mudroom.

  4. Spell It Out

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    Large block letters are an easy way to personalize your space. We love stating the obvious, like “bunk bed” in a kids’ room or “eat” in the kitchen.

  5. Go Graphic Under Foot

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    Keep large furniture pieces neutral so you can easily (and affordably) change a room’s style without replacing everything. This way, when you’re ready for a change, a statement rug does just the trick.

  6. Paint Stripes

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    Instead of painting a wall a solid color, add interest with stripes in varying shades of the same color. Horizontal stripes look chic and elongate a room visually.

  7. Collage Your Headboard

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    Need a bedroom refresh? Instead of buying more furniture, a bulky headboard or luxurious linens, frame a collection of your favorite prints and hang them above your bed.

  8. Don’t Forget About the Door

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    Make a statement coming or going by painting over your door. This retro stencil makes the door look like a secret passageway. It’ll definitely be a conversation starter at your next cocktail party.

  9. Layer With Linens

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    Curtains are great for privacy and keeping the light out of a room, but they also add a soft and cozy element. Position your rod across the length of a room and hang curtains from side to side for a romantic, eclectic look -- no handyman required!