Makeover Your Home in 30 minutes or Less
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By Paige Brettingen
Bored with your home decor, but don't have the time or money for a major makeover? Transform your space in minutes with these ten budget-friendly design tricks.
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Quick Fix: Remove one item
A common mistake during room makeovers: Adding more decor, says Kirsten Brant Casey of K. Brant Interiors. She suggests applying Coco Chanel's fashion to your space: "Take one accessory away." Empty spaces on shelves can do a lot for a room's aesthetic, so find one thing—usually an object on a shelf—that your room can do without. "There has to be somewhere for your eye to come to rest," says Brant Casey.
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Quick Fix: Replace your candles
Updating a room's scent will instantly alter the atmosphere of a space, says Dean Renaud, a Chicago-based interior designer and founder of South Social and Home. "Candles make a place feel finished, but people don't generally think of changing them out each season," she says. Her faves: Alternating between Baies (a rose-infused candle) and Feu de Bois (a firewood scent), both by Diptyque.
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Quick Fix: Change the lampshades
Old lamps make any room feel dated. Luckily, you don't have to replace the whole thing—simply swap in a new lampshade. Renaud suggests having a pair of white linen drum lampshades and a pair of black shades with a gold anterior that you can switch between, depending on your lighting mood.
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Quick Fix: Switch out pillow covers
Keep a stack of pillow covers in your linen closet and swap out a color or two when you want to refresh a space, says Brant Casey. She suggests stocking up on faded jewel tones, such as aqua or coral, for a fresh pop of color. You can find great high-quality pillow case covers in designer fabrics—such as Schumacher or Kravet—on Etsy for $50 or less, she says.
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Quick Fix: Go natural
Bringing the outdoors indoors is a great way to make a room feel fresh. You can skip the florist and simply snip off a leafy branch from the backyard. Arrange it in a clear vase to give any space some added Zen, says Renaud. For a dramatic centerpiece, wrap a branch in battery-powered white lights and display in a vase, adds Lily Zingman, owner of Lily Z Design in New York City.
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Quick Fix: Box it up
Use neutral-tone boxes to streamline your space, hiding away clutter in a pinch. Try a set of Pandan shirt boxes from The Container Store or white paper boxes from IKEA. "Incorporating natural textures makes for a nice effect," says Brant Casey. "Scatter them throughout your house, alternate them on shelves or stack them under a desk."
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Quick Fix: Rotate your rug
Rotating your rug has multiple benefits. It exposes the section that had been tucked under the couch—making it look as though you've replaced it with a new one—and ensures even wear. Rotate rugs 180 degrees once every six months so that the color fade remains consistent, suggests Brant Casey.
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Quick Fix: Switch out your hardware
Replace a doorknob, light switch plates or the handles on drawers and cabinets to give your decor a custom feel, says Zingman. We love the unique, boho-chic drawer handles at Anthropologie and the clean, contemporary switch plates at Restoration Hardware.
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Quick Fix: Move your furniture
Rearranging furniture can be daunting—even for seasoned designers—but the hardest part is just getting started. "Even if you have no idea what you're doing, move pieces of furniture from wall to wall as if it's a game of Tetris," says Zingman. Simply moving the sofa to a different wall may do the trick, and once you start seeing pieces in different spaces, the inspiration will follow.
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Quick Fix: Find an accent color
Make a bold change by adding a new color. Rather than spend the day painting a room, choose an accent color then scour the house for any objects in that color—say, a red lamp, a red vase and books with red on their covers. Arrange the items throughout the space and your room will take on the accent color as a new theme—a key component of any room's design, says Zingman.
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