Banish Boring Now: Quick and Easy Decorating Tricks for a Fresh Look
Your entryway is the first thing people see when they enter your home, so make it memorable. Create a vignette with a console table, rug, and a few accessories. Don't forget to add wall art or a decorative mirror for last-minute glances before running out the door.
Layer Your Sofa
Be generous with pillows and blankets on your sofa. The layered look is inviting and adds an extra decorator's polish to the room. If you don't want your pillows to end up on the floor, buy an oversize basket to house them when the sofa is needed for lounging.
Related: Tips for Arranging Throw Pillows
String Party Lights
Set a casual party tone by stringing up party lights in your dining room or breakfast nook. Stick with sets that are seasonless and coordinate with your existing decor. This look works well for all occasions, including kids’ birthday parties and book club dinner parties.
Display the Utilitarian
Select a few pretty items with a purpose to pull out of your cabinets and put on display on open shelves. Servingware, copper pots and pans, colorful mugs, and even cookbooks are worthy of a moment in the spotlight. Place most-used items on the lowest shelf so you can easily grab as needed.
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Just Add Flowers
Bringing in fresh flowers or greenery instantly enlivens any room. If you have a green thumb, snip a sample of whatever is in season in your garden. Or treat yourself once a week to fresh blooms from the grocery store. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a colorful boost.
Related: Flower Arranging Tips
Frame the Tube
Oh TVs—the big, black hole in an otherwise pretty room. Minimize the effect of a large screen by framing the wall behind it with colorful pieces of art. Place chairs nearby that can easily be tucked away during viewing times and pulled out when conversing with friends.
Take a good look at your mantel. If it is looking a little bare, or maybe just a little dull, give it a simple update with a few new accessories. If it's crowded, edit out your less-than-favorite pieces and incorporate something new. Anything metallic or colorful will be extra impactful.
Yes, new pillows can give your sofa a boost, but if they look the same as all your other pillows, the impact is lost. Mix up materials, shapes, and sizes as well as colors for standout results. If you don’t know where to start, pick one patterned pillow and select a couple of solid pillows in complementary colors to create a pleasing combo.
Most lamps come with a basic shade in a solid color. But you don't need to accept this out-of-the-box setup. Swap out a dull shade for something with more color or personality. Aim for a shade that's the same size and proportion as the existing shade.
Put a Runner on It
A bare table can look infinitely better with a runner. Make your own from leftover fabric; bonus points for completing the look with a quick and easy centerpiece. Showcasing a shallow bowl or tray with fruit is colorful and convenient.
Footstools or poufs are small but mighty additions to a living room or family room. Look for a style that coordinates with your decor, but don't be afraid to throw in something a little unexpected. For major impact, go for something colorful or with great texture or shape.
Related: How to Make a Pretty Pouf
Use Rugs to Define Space
An open floor plan usually tops the wish list of most house hunters, but wide-open spaces don’t always feel very cozy. Make your home more inviting with well-placed rugs. Here, a large sisal rug defines the sitting area and creates a natural separation from the adjacent dining room.
Decorate Behind a Sofa
Make the backside of furnishings in an open floor plan stylish and functional with a narrow console table. Top with small decorative items that are easy to swap out seasonally. Add a lamp for task lighting and baskets below to quickly corral living room clutter.
Mix and Match Chairs
There’s no rule that says every chair in the dining room must be the same. In fact, it’s much more interesting to switch up seating. Throw a couple of modern chairs next to a traditional dining table for a fresh take. For an eclectic farmhouse look, search for vintage wooden chairs that each have their own personality. Families with small kids might want to skip chairs altogether in favor of benches.
Create a Makeshift Mudroom
Recreate the functionality of a mudroom on the wall near your home's back door. Hang a couple of hooks for jackets. Add a bench to give yourself a space to sit and slip on shoes. A small mirror makes for simple last-minute touchups.
Create Drama with Draperies
Make a small space feel grander with drapes that reach toward the ceiling and extend all the way to the floor. Raising the curtain rod high above a window visually expands a small space. Incorporate draperies in a tone similar to your wall to further the visual trick.
Unexpected Art Gallery
Find unexpected places to display art, such as between windows or along a staircase. It will give a unique twist to an otherwise overlooked area. Incorporate favorite mementos for a mood-boosting display.
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Soften dining room or kitchen island seating by slipcovering the chairs. The most time-consuming part of this makeover? Giving the slipcovers a good ironing before dressing your chairs.
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Corral in Style
Organize and decorate at the same time by corralling bathroom or kitchen necessities into pretty vessels. Use a variety of containers in different colors or sizes for an extra fun display. Gather essential items on a floating shelf to create a station for getting ready each morning.
Nonworking fireplaces tend to get overlooked, but this has-been features deserve a second chance. Turn a nonworking fireplace into a focal point by displaying something special in the firebox. Here, potted plants and a framed photograph do the trick.