GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - Lets face it: home décor can be an overwhelming task and can often take up more time I have. I am a fan of instant gratification for my home décor, even more so now that I have my 3 month old baby to cuddle with. House Beautiful has a book called, “Quick Changes- Fresh Looks for Every Room” and it is a quick, easy read loaded with awesome ideas on adding big changes in little time. Here are some tidbits from the book.
- Walls are like wine: if you like it, it’s good!
- Kitchens are the new living rooms. It is where people gather and hang out.
- Make your own rules
- Group items, like photos, together to create collections out of clutter.
- Use books as accessories- it is very personal and reflects you interests.
- Use wall screens to zone or define spaces.
- Bring out the fancy stuff! And use it!
- Be strategically distinctive.
- Not just for walls- try ceilings, floors, and stairs.
- Create contrast.
- Paint patterns.
- Paint the back of bookcases or the inside of cabinet doors.
- Paint doors and furniture.
- Try chalk paint.
- Be an illusionist.
- Add texture.
- Energize dull spaces.
- Make your own wall paper with maps, newspaper, old letters, ect…
- Feeling confident? Wallpaper the ceiling!
- No rules in the powder room. Be bold, my friends!
- Wall panels can enlarge a room, if you like the look.
- Use as an art backdrop.
- Try this trick: Place 2 mirrors in a corner, perpendicular to each other. What!?! Yes!
- Use a mirror in the kitchen to make it feel more like the dining room.
- For casual placements, prop a large mirror against the wall- no holes!
- Round mirrors are where it’s at!
- Nothing says cozy like a chaise.
- Creative use of curtains as walls adds softness
- Add a chalkboard to the kitchen.
- Float a casual white tablecloth over an outdoor table for instant romance. Summer isn’t over yet!
- Wall to wall curtains are like a big hug.
- Create cozy seating areas for intimate conversations.
Punch it up with color!
- Colorful accents- pillows, throws, and lamps!
- Use graphical patterns and contrast to make a statement.
- Be memorable and remember to express yourself!
Keep it Simple
- Never keep anything you don’t love.
- Window treatments: Less is more.
- Add floating shelves to help organize without demanding floor space.
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