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Quick home decor updates should be inexpensive and liven up any room. Most of us don’t have the funds for major room redecoration, so here are some simple ideas that will have a huge effect on your home without breaking the bank.
Adding a hot pattern can modernize any room. Love the trellis wallpaper, but rent? Treat yourself to a decorative patterned pillow and get a similar look.
A hot new look is to add old school fixtures to bookshelves for a dramatic lighting affect. Have and old bookcase or hutch that needs a face lift? Why not paint the old monster and mount a pair of chic swing arm wall lights or picture lights at the top to highlight books and collectibles. Plug-in fixtures work best as you can drop the wires behind the case (you may need to drill holes in the back to snake the wires through) and voila, instant chic.
Could adding new shades to bedside lamps and sconces be an easier update? I think not. New lamp shades can personalize a room and make it look designer done.
Pendant lights are all the rage over islands, but what about swapping out the old overhead light in your kitchen. Most of us have a dated flush mount or fluorescent box which are far from attractive and should probably be changed. Assuming you have the ceiling height, try to opt for unique pendant light fixtures for your kitchen.
A hook and a dream is all you need to visually expand a tight space. Mirrors are also a wonderful way to add light to dark corners and halls.
Floors and ceilings are often times neglected. Adding a cool zebra rug will add texture and movement. Another great feature of zebra rugs is that they hide minor messes.
Follow these 6 tips to give your lackluster home decor a quick update. Happy decorating!
Photos: A Perfect Gray.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.