Up your decorating cred with these pro tips for styling forgotten spaces. Whether you add decor to a dreary bookshelf or spruce up your pantry, these decorating ideas are guaranteed to add fresh style to every area of your home.

By Katie Bandurski

A bookshelf isn't just for stashing your favorite reads—it's the perfect spot to add personal touches. Nestle photos, keepsakes, knickknacks, and even small plants between books. This bookshelf alternates between vertical and horizontal stacks for added style.  

Toy Corner

A child's play area shouldn't be boring. Integrate bright pops of color and fun patterns to wake up the space. This nook features a pink chair, yellow lamp, and friendly polka-dot wall decals. The look is subtle enough that it can be changed easily as the child ages.

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Coffee Table

Coffee tables are prone to clutter. After all, they're located in one of the busiest rooms in the home. Replace stacks of magazines and unsightly remotes with pleasing decor. This sleek coffee table features a trio of pretty (yet practical) items: books, a serving tray, and fresh flowers.

Behind Doors

Styling the narrow space behind doors can be tricky—but the look is well worth the effort. Stick to narrow pieces that won't block the door when it opens. Try an ornate mirror or small shelf, and remember to utilize the floor space. This mock entryway uses baskets and an umbrella holder for stylish storage.

Home Bar

Whether you're working with a bar cart or a built-in wet bar, it's easy to display a few bottles and call it good. Instead, use your bar (and surrounding areas) as a spot to infuse colorful details. Look for fun statement pieces—like this bar's funky wall art, lamp, and eclectic rug—as well as smaller touches, like bold dish towels and stemware. 

Computer Desk

Get the best of both worlds with a well-decorated desk that's also functional. Keep office essentials nearby, but pay attention to how they're displayed. This space uses a patterned cube to hold writing utensils and whale-shaped bookends to store literature. Other accessories, like a giant marquee letter and distressed desk chair, add vintage character.


The trick to nightstand decor? Keep it simple. Find pieces that are pretty and practical—like a decorative vase or a unique table lamp—then add one or two personal touches. Bring the look full circle with statement wall art. 

Bathing Space

You spend time in your bath or shower every day, so why not decorate it? Consider a gallery wall that matches your color scheme, like this bathroom's collection of neutral artwork. Add an extra dash of style by ditching the plastic and stashing bathroom must-haves in clear glass containers. 


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A mudroom can become a dumping ground for kids' stuff all too easily. Store smarter with space-saving pieces that double as decor, such as this room's slim basket and bookshelf. Then add interest with wall art or a colorful rug.

Baker's Station

Whether you prefer a rustic baker's hutch or a traditional china cabinet, you can use the piece to store your dishware in style. The key is to avoid overwhelming the space. Don't try to fit an entire set of china on one rack or shelf, but do consider alternate solutions, such as hanging teacups on the wall. Then add little touches to create contrast among the dishes, like this rack's starfish and fresh greenery.


It's easy to hide behind closed doors. Try this idea instead: Treat your pantry like it's out in the open and consider installing a fun wall treatment, like this gorgeous subway tile surround. Keep smaller items in check by storing dry goods in clear glass containers and displaying cookbooks on open shelves.

Laundry Room

Keep your laundry room fresh with a variety of fun patterns in the same color scheme. This room took a black and white approach, incorporating the scheme in everything from the tile and wallpaper to the ironing board. Add a pop of color for visual interest.

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Comments (2)

January 25, 2019
I was questioning the pictures hung above the bathtub and the towels. How do you keep everything from getting wet if you are taking a shower. Those pictures would be ruined. Great idea if no one uses the tub. Not practical
January 25, 2019
BATHING SPACE -- Glass containers in the bathroom? Really not a good idea. Especially sitting on the edge of the tub.