Small Design Changes, Big Impact

Barbara Schmidt, a nationally recognized interior style consultant, offers four tips for freshening up any room in your home using inexpensive items, as well as preexisting pieces.

Tip 1. Dress up a wall by adding a tight grouping of your favorite pictures. “Pull your chosen color into the matting and frames, but vary the width and style of the frames to add variety,” she says.

Tip 2. “Choose one new color for your room and pull it into slipcovers, rugs and tablecloths to create newness and cohesiveness,” Schmidt suggests. “Try recovering or spray-painting a lampshade as an inexpensive way to tie it all together.”

Tip 3. “You’d be surprised at how easy it is to make pillow covers on your own,” says Schmidt. “Or you can opt to buy them pre-made at fabric stores for a lot less than you’ll find at a big-box retailer.”

Tip 4. “Choose one wall in a room, and repaint it to change the color scheme,” says Schmidt. “Painting is one of the most inexpensive things you can do, and I guarantee the entire room will look brand new.”

Courtesy of Brandpoint