Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Easy and Cheap Ways to Change the Look of a Room

Times have been tough for many of us and we can't always afford to purchase or make new items to give our home a makeover. Sharon was kind enough to offer us some help! She is going to share with us 15 ways that you can give your room(s) an easy and cheap makeover...

Are you tired of your bedroom or bathroom design, but you don’t have the money or time to do a total makeover? No worries! Listed below are a few easy and cheap ways to totally transform the look of a room; some without even spending a dime.

1. Move a framed picture or painting from one room to another.

2. Move your furniture to another spot in a room…or to another room altogether.

3. If you have two bathrooms, swap accessories from one bathroom to another.

4. If you have two bedrooms (and the bed sizes are the same), swap bedding from one room to another.

5. Related to number four, if the windows in your bedrooms are the same size, swap curtains, too.

6. Move decorative accents from one room to another.

7. Change the photos in your picture frames.

8. Purchase new pillows for your couches.

9. Purchase new table linens (placemats, tablecloths, napkins or runners).

10. Change the lighting in your rooms by moving a lamp to another area in the room or to another room.

11. Purchase new lamp shades.

12. Focus on a principal point in a room (like the mantle) and replace all the items on it with new items from other rooms in your home.

13. Clear off items from bathroom and kitchen countertops. Organize them into cabinets or drawers.

14. Paint one accent wall in a room.

15. Reorganize bookshelves to give them a more designed touch.

Sharon Harlan is an Interior Decorator and also owns the site Interior Design Degree. She likes to write articles about everything fashion and design.

Thank you, Sharon, for sharing your tips on how to transform the look of a room.


  1. These are all great ideas. I've even done some of them. Moving art is what I do most of the time. I like to change the pillows from time to time by moving them from room to room or rotating them from a closet. Makes the rooms fresh all over again. Have a friend who used to change her living room every Saturday when she cleaned.

  2. Great tips! Cleaning and shopping in your own home can make a world of change! My hubby says I do that too often. My decor is rotated weekly!



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