Give your home a mini face-lift with these 10 tricks.
1 of 10Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Create a mood with paint
Change the overall look and feel of a room with a simple, budget-friendly paint job. Choose cooler hues, such as sea-foam green and sky blue, to convey a sense of calm and serenity, or rich, warm tones to achieve a cozy, comfortable feel. For an expansive, airy effect, paint the ceiling a few shades lighter than the walls. You can also accent one wall with a bold shade or sand texture.
2 of 10Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Cover it up for a change
Shake up a tired room in a snap by covering pieces with slipcovers. A loose-fitting style lends a relaxed, breezy feel, while a tailored cover provides a more sophisticated silhouette. For low-maintenance, family-friendly lounging, choose cotton fabric that can be tossed into the wash as often as you like. Best of all, if you get tired of the look, simply remove the slipcovers—no reupholstery required.
3 of 10Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Revive with rugs
A great area rug can put a new look underfoot without the hassle or
high cost of new flooring. For versatility, keep two styles on hand
so you can swap them according to season. Opt for floor coverings
in natural materials such as jute or sisal for spring and summer,
and a plush material in a warm hue when days turn chilly. Can't
find the perfect size for your room? Have your carpet, sea-grass,
or sisal choice custom-bound, or have two or three rugs sewn
4 of 10Jean Allsopp
Get the green effect
Bring new life to a room with indoor plants. These green-leaf
specimens are sure to create a fresh look. Houseplants help clean
the air by absorbing toxins and releasing oxygen. If you're all
thumbs (and none of them green) when it comes to gardening, opt for
forgiving foliage, such as Chinese ferns, bromeliads, kalanchoe, or
5 of 10Lauren Rubinstein
Enhance with accents
Add flair to a room with a few well-placed accessories. Surround a window with shell tiebacks or drapery rods featuring sea stars or sand-dollar finials for instant beach chic. Stick with accessories in colors reminiscent of the shore (think sandy browns, aqua blues, or sunset-inspired golds and reds) and natural materials such as rattan or seashells to give your interiors year-round coastal appeal.
6 of 10Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Upgrade your hardware
7 of 10Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Let the light shine in
Poor lighting makes even the most beautiful room seem bland, so
plan carefully. The best rooms have layers of light: overhead
fixtures as well as a few floor and table lamps scattered around
the room. A dimmer switch offers an energy-efficient way to add
ambience, allowing you to adjust the amount of light you need
according to the time of day or mood. Don't fret: Installation is
not as tricky as you might think.
8 of 10Richard Leo Johnson
Paint outdoor spaces
A small burst of color can give your home's exterior a big style
boost. Apply a fresh coat of paint to the shutters, trim, or front
door, and don't be afraid be bold. Bright indigo-blue shutters or a
vibrant red porch floor may be just the thing to take your house
from so-so to smashing.
9 of 10Jean Allsopp
Make your home inviting
Accessorizing is just as important outdoors as it is in. Up your
home's friendly factor with a welcome mat, or hang swings or a
hammock to invite guests to lounge in comfort. Placing a collection
of potted or hanging plants in an entryway or installing awnings
over windows adds instant curb appeal.
10 of 10Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Shutter it up
Shutters add a stylish and functional element to your home's
facade. Throw them open to usher in ocean breezes, or close them to
protect against the elements. Consider shutters made from
fiberglass or steel for extra defense against a storm, or vinyl
versions to keep maintenance to a minimum.
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