Achieve fresh style on a budget with these use-anywhere design ideas that are versatile and easy to do.
Nothing wakes up a room like accessorizing with fresh greens or flowers. One of my favorite places to "shop" for live arrangements is in my own yard. Simple, large leaves, such as hosta and fern, create laid-back elegance.
-- Lauren Liess, designer and blogger, purestylehome.blogspot.com
If affordable off-the-rack curtains are too short, lengthen them with a fabric remnant. Here's how -- no sewing required!
Transform plain-Jane chairs with a luxe-level embellishment: nailhead trim.
Go to the next slide to see how it's done.
Adding nailhead trim is quick, and you only need a few supplies. Watch and learn the tricks to doing it right.
Use brass corners and flat brackets to dress up a plain coffee table. Look for them in the hardware aisle.
Use embroidery floss to embellish a plain lampshade. To create this look, make long stitches for the vertical lines on the shade. Add V shapes in two colors and hash marks underneath.
Add a little shimmer to an existing ensemble of pillows with a metallic accent pillow or two.
Whether your desk is in the living room or a home office, ban the banal! Even the most utilitarian desktop necessities should add to your space's glamour. Shop discount stores for colored juice glasses to use as pencil cups, contain small supplies such as a stapler and paper clips on a tray on top of a decorative box (turn it upside down), and go for the chicest stacking paper trays you can find.
-- Elaine Griffin, interior designer and Better Homes and Gardens makeover maven, elainegriffin.com
Embellish a plain glass vase with rope. Simply coil rope around the vase and secure it in place with glue.
Here are my go-to items for styling a coffee table: a stack of two to four coffee table books, a decorative box (or a smaller pair of boxes, stacked), a decorative object such as a shell or Moroccan star, and a tray. Any three of the four look great (bigger tables can handle more stuff). Add a small bouquet of flowers for extra credit. Voila -- instant chic!
-- Elaine Griffin
Go to the next slide for our coffee table styling tricks.
Watch and see how easy it is to style a magazine-worthy coffee table.
Nothing adds dimension and pattern like wallpaper, but even one roll can be pricey. To cut costs, focus your project to the backs of bookshelves, and use high-quality gift wrap instead of wallpaper. The paper can be applied just like wallpaper, using wallpaper paste. (If you're noncommittal, double-stick tape or 3M hanging strips also work wonderfully.) At about $8 per roll, you won't feel guilty about the little spruce-up.
-- Jenny Komenda, blogger, littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com
Plaster busts and animal figures add a classic feel, especially if painted in a high-gloss paint. (White is an obvious paint color, but it's also fun to try something unexpected, such as sage or black.)
-- Marcus Hay, freelance style director, marcushay.com
Convert photos you want to group on a wall to black and white or sepia tone. They'll look more artistic and cohesive.
-- Erin Gates, interior and fashion stylist, elementsofstyleblog.com
Staring at a dull dresser? Banish the boring with simple install overlays, which come in a variety of shapes and designs. Look for ones that can be painted so you can customize your look even more.