These simple changes make a big impact in your home without breaking the bank.
Writer: Rachel Bertone
1 of 24Photographer: J. Savage Gibson
Transform a Headboard
Need a quick bedroom update? Upholstering a headboard is a trendy way to go. Try unexpected patterns or textures, such as this soft blue zebra stripe. Adding embellished pillows is the perfect extra touch.
Don’t discount floors as a place to make a playful statement. Graphic rugs are a foolproof way to make an area feel warmer and more welcoming. The perfect rug can also tie together the room’s other decorative elements to make the space look especially polished.
6 of 24Photographer: Jean Allsopp
Let There Be White
It may sound simple, but never underestimate the power of white paint. A couple of coats can take a room from dark and dreary to open and airy in a snap. Try this trick in small spaces to help the room breathe easier.
A freestanding bookshelf is a great way to clean up clutter and stay organized. Bookshelves are, of course, versatile and practical, but they’re also stylish. Pile them high with blankets and towels in a bath, or show off your favorite coastal finds in the living room. Try adding woven baskets and decorative coral for a seaside look.
10 of 24Photo: Jean Allsopp; Stylist: Lynn Nesmith
Give Walls a Workout
In small cottage kitchens, space for displaying pretty tableware can be limited. Install open shelving along narrower, unused walls to create more storage and visual appeal.
11 of 24Photo: Carmel Brantley; Styling: Linda Hirst
Pack a Punch With Pillows
Throw pillows are a cozy way to introduce color and pattern to a room without making a serious commitment. A neutral sofa provides the perfect foundation for statement-making pillows, which can be swapped out depending on the season and your mood.
Turn a side entry into a hard-working mudroom by adding shelving and storage bins. This space was made extra cozy with a bench that includes even more spots to stash flip flops, beach towels, and more.
Incorporating accents that have lots of texture, such as these orange dining chairs and a chevron-striped rug, is an easy way to bring intensity to a space. But be careful not to use too many competing focal points—one or two pieces is all you need.
Head to your local flea markets and antique shops for cheap vintage finds. Retro pictures, lamps, and furniture bring character to a room without drastically changing it. It's sure to be a converstation starter as well!
15 of 24Photographer: Roger Davies
Add Unexpected Color
A great, budget-friendly way to brighten a room is to add color in unexpected places. In this mostly white kitchen, fresh pops of green in glass-front cabinets liven up the space. This technique can be used in any room, on the backs of bookshelves or open cabinets.
16 of 24Photographer: John Ellis
Bring in Natural Textures
Something as simple as adding a sea grass rug or wicker furniture can make your space feel like a tropical paradise. Natural textures work well with traditional furniture as well as casual pieces, so you can use them in almost any room.
17 of 24Photographer: Francesco Lagnese
Create Functional Art
Look for practical pieces that are already so unique, they can easily double as artwork, such as this polished nickel drum shade. Bringing in one statement piece is a quick way to transform a space.
18 of 24Photographer: Rick Lew
Liven Your Look with Patterns
Using a bold pattern in multiple areas brings a fun, playful vibe to a room while still being cohesive. Try copying the look of this master bedroom where the designer used the same striking fabric on the pillow, bed skirt, draperies, and wall panels.
19 of 24Photographer: Dominique Vorillon
Try Going Dutch
Is your entryway looking a bit drab? A Dutch door is a great choice for an instant charming update. You'll still have privacy, but you’ll also able to let in abundant sunshine and coastal breezes.
Add fresh style with a global-inspired piece or two. Look for inexpensive pieces, such as these Spanish chairs, for some European flair.
21 of 24Photographer: Lisa Romerein
Cover It Up
Need an easy change? Slipcovers provide the perfect way to bring color and pattern to your furniture. Change them out for different seasons or occasions. The best part? Cleaning is a cinch. Simply pull off and toss in the washer!
22 of 24Photographer: Lisa Romerein
Bring the Outdoors In
Incorporating nature's own accents, such as indoor trees, flowers, and potted plants, gives a space a fresh, natural feel. Try adding them to a neutral room for simple touches of color.
23 of 24Photographer: Jonny Valiant
Be Bold with Color
Experiment with bright, fun colors for a playful change. This lime green paint really makes a statement in a monochromatic living room.
24 of 24Photographer: David Tsay
Add a Modern Touch
To bring your room ahead of its time, add contemporary flair. Modern chairs and an industrial chandelier can create a futuristic feel that today's generation will love.