Ideas that call for a little imagination, and little money, add instant style to any decor. Give your home or even just a room a mini makeover. You will be surprisingly happy with the low cost changes made to your home! *


  1. Create a Side Table

Stack modular storage units (from $22, to make a stepped side table with surfaces for displays and lighting. Create a miniature still-life in the cubbies, or stack reading material that you’re going to get to…someday.


  1. Be Crafty

A variation on the idea: Use an old mitten for art! Be crafty! Cut felt to fit the backing of the frame ($24 each,, then use craft glue to adhere the felt. Center the mitten on the felt and glue it down; let dry overnight.


  1. Go Natural

Use shells and other beach bounty to warm up a kitchen, an entry way, or a stairwell by creating a rustic, relaxed display.


  1. Fake a Headboard

An easy paint project: Create a trompe l’oeil headboard. Cost: about $20 and zero floor space. For how-to, see Paint a Faux Headboard.


  1. Hang a Gallery of Photos

(Pick a theme: weddings, birthday parties, vacations) and put them in identical frames. Hang in a tight grid or a long line—you can’t go wrong if you stick to a geometric arrangement.


  1. Bring in Shades of Colors

Color lampshades can make a bold statement. Limit the colors to one per room, and select other lampshades in neutral tones, such as parchment and white.


  1. Stack Your Books

Piled books draw the eye. If shelves aren’t high enough or deep enough to accommodate oversize books, stack them on a flat surface, such as a bench or an end table.


  1. Cluster Candles

Candles look best when massed, particularly on a spacious surface, like a coffee table; the larger the surface, the larger the candles should be. Group four or five pillars of different heights (same color) in glass containers.


  1. Mix Patterns

No matter the season, your bedroom will look spring like year-round with floral sheets or pillowcases paired with crisp white linens. Pick patterns with white backgrounds to keep florals harmonious. Add pretty striped pillows. Drape bedside tables with vintage floral tablecloths or white matelassé runners.


  1. Pump Up the Color

Perk up a dull room with vibrant hits of a color like green. Even something as subtle as green blossoms can add pop.


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