Quick fixes bring fresh style to home interiors

Scripps-Howard News ServiceJuly 26, 2013 

Well-chosen area rugs are a great way to introduce style, color and pattern to a room.


Sometimes we have an itch to do some decorating in our house, but nothing big - just something to liven up the place.

Here are some ideas to help scratch that itch and shake us out of our boredom.

Make a tray by repurposing a mirror. Apply felt backing to the mirror’s underside then place it in a drab existing tray or empty picture frame. Voila! Instant sparkle. This tray can be used in the bathroom to hold cosmetics or on a dresser for jewelry.

Walls are the backdrop of any decorating scheme. One of the cheapest, simplest ways to change the look of a room is to change the color of the walls. Plus, a new coat of paint gives the room an overall feeling of freshness. If painting a whole room seems like too much work, paint less. Pick one wall and give it a coat in a contrasting color. Sometimes just painting the woodwork will liven up a drab space.

Floors need attention, too. To create a big effect in one fast move, try throwing down a bold area rug. A big, bright rug adds interest and an irresistible focal point to a room. But don’t leave it floating or it becomes a slip-and-fall problem. Anchor it with a coffee table or chair to make it safer and also to help make it look more like it belongs there.

One of the best no-cost ways to redecorate is to repurpose things already on hand. Look around your home and consider how items in one room might work in another. That old trunk in the bedroom might make an ideal coffee table in the living room. Sometimes a coat of paint is needed to make a repurposed piece work; sometimes it will work as is. Consider how a painting from the dining room would look in the living room. Try clustering collections of similar items, like candlesticks, books or colored bowls, to create a focal point.

Add oomph to an end table or nightstand with family pictures. Select interesting frames to create attractive decor with special meaning.

New pillows for the sofa can make a big difference in the look of a room. Decorating with throw pillows is an easy and relatively inexpensive update.

Declutter the room. I know that’s easier said than done, but uncluttering a room instantly improves the design. Find out-of-sight storage or haul away items that aren’t necessary.

Friedmann: DsgnQuest@aol.com

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service