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See how decorators can change the look of a room dramatically simply by altering a few details. Click on the tip you're interested in, or start with the first one and breeze through the rest using the links at the bottom of the pages.
Looking for a way to put some sparkle on your walls? Spray-painting plain (even ugly) frames in silver and gold is a quick, easy way to get yourself a snazzy set, says home designer Christine Dimmick, author of Home File (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1998). Round up all those mismatched frames you've acquired over the years as birthday presents and hostess gifts, or buy a bunch of inexpensive ones. Remove the glass, and spread the frames on a large piece of cardboard in a well-ventilated area. Follow the directions on the paint can, and don't forget to spray the sides of the frames. Finally, let the paint dry thoroughly before inserting your photographs.
Eliminate a bathroom eyesore by dressing up the problem. Exposed pipes under an old sink leave the room looking unfinished, but making a floor-length skirt is a simple, pretty fix.
Washable fabrics are the most practical, and it's easy to find a pattern or color that matches your decor. The skirt needs only a hem and a gathered top, and is attached to the sink with adhesive-backed Velcro.
Looking for a makeover strategy that costs a lot less than buying all new furniture, but has just as dramatic results? Try reupholstering, and think red.
An infusion of vibrant red pattern gives even ordinary-looking pieces of furniture strong visual impact. Add red accessories like lamps, pillows, flowers and artwork, and you've made a real style statement.
Even if your bookcases include more well-thumbed paperbacks than hardbound first editions, you can turn your personal library into a classy collection.
Add some unexpected creative touches -- a large framed photo that serves as a backdrop, sculptural vases used as bookends, a small floral display for bright color. For more visual interest, line your books upright on some shelves; stack them on others.
Start the school year off right with a refrigerator-door overhaul -- a clutter-buster that will help you manage the onslaught of art projects, sports schedules and to-do lists. The key is consolidating info with the right magnetic organizational tools.
Combine everyone's schedule on one wipe-off calendar; use another wipe-off board for phone messages. Group important school memos with magnetic clips.
Your tiny entrance foyer may be the room where you spend the least amount of time, but it's still the first glimpse your guests get of your home.
Give this area personality by dressing it up display a few of your favorite collectibles, such as antique wooden or tole boxes, or hang a quilt, tapestry or a decorative coatrack.
You can have the prettiest outdoor furniture and alfresco dining accessories, but some of their impact will be lost if your patio or deck is otherwise unadorned.
For a finishing touch, arrange brightly colored potted plants and flowers all around. Terra-cotta pots and straw baskets are a natural summer choice.
Does the empty wall space above your sofa, bed or chair rail leave the room feeling bare? Create a dramatic focal point by hanging framed artwork in symmetrical patterns.
Try grouping paintings by artist or subject matter for the best effect.
A man plus a woman plus one tiny bathroom can equal one giant mess. But you can simultaneously control clutter and give your bath a decorator's touch.
Add stylish accessories such as pretty ceramic soap dishes and use wicker baskets and compartmentalized containers to house tissue boxes, cotton swabs and the like. Getting organized can sure be a beautiful thing.
Tired of that same old kitchen furniture? Pretty place settings aren't the only way to add variety to your table.
Give your chairs a new look by having inexpensive slipcovers made for the chair backs and seat cushions. Cotton ticking looks great for spring.
By employing some basic design principles' grouping similar objects, juxtaposing items of differing scale you can turn a messy tabletop into an artful display.
Here, stacked books and a collection of decorative wooden boxes are neatly arranged and offset by a tall plant (a large vase or sculpture would also work well).
Your kitchen counters don't have to look like a disaster area just because you prefer to keep basic tools and ingredients conveniently on hand.
Contain the clutter by arranging items like oil and vinegar bottles, salt and pepper shakers, whisks and wooden spoons in a large container, like this copper fish-poacher. They'll still be within reach, and kitchen cleanup will be considerably quicker.
It's frigid and barren outside all the more reason to make everything warm and homey indoors. One way to do this: "Detail" an unadorned couch in your living or family room and make the spot a real comfort zone.
Start by adding direct lighting (a table lamp taking a 60-watt incandescent bulb provides warm light and is sufficient for reading) and colorful, vibrantly patterned pillows with decorative trim. The final touch: a soft chenille throw draped over the arm for cuddling up.
Maybe you bought all-white everyday dishes to be practical, but that doesn't mean your table setting has to be colorless.
For pizzazz, mix in decorative dishes and glasses from other sets you have, or start collecting salad plates or bowls that strike your fancy-just four or six should do. Layer in colorful placemats and napkins, and use a tinted instead of clear glass vase for a more vivid centerpiece.
Is clutter getting out of control? Organize your bureau top, at least, by using classic-looking containers to hold the things you need at hand's reach-jewelry, perfumes, even pocket change.
Group like items and neatly arrange them in antique ashtrays, silver or wooden trays or glass candy dishes.
Transform your bed from ordinary to extraordinary by layering it with pillows of various sizes and contrasting fabrics.
Begin by alternating plain-colored shams with pillows covered in coordinating patterns floral, paisley, check or plaid. Finish off with decorative neck rolls and small squares.