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Cool contemporary San Francisco den family room design by Neila Hutt. Gray walls styled gallery wall and mixed pattern decor.

Are you tired of boring bathrooms and dull dens? Are you looking for exciting new ways to add a little style to your home? You don’t have to be an interior designer to make your property “pop.” Here are just a few tips for re-decorating in a way that showcases your unique personality.

1. Apply Fresh Paint


water color, ombre, wall color, yellow wall, ombre wall paint, modern design, euro furniture, modern pendant light,

By Miluccia. See my Paint Colors Pin Board for more inspiration


A new coat of paint can completely change the look and feel of a room. Without moving a single stick of furniture, you can transform how it’s seen and perceived by utilizing color psychology and taking a chance on a bold new look. For example, reds would be ferocious while blues would be soothing.


2. Install New Doors


Large yellow modern industrial door for a contemporary or mid century modern home by Australian interior design firmNexus Design.

By Nexus Design. See more painted front door inspiration


Doors are one of those things that most homeowners don’t even think about replacing unless they’re broken. But imagine coming home to a new and gorgeous wood-paneled door, or think about how much fun your child would have romping around behind a bright blue playroom door. The only limit here is your own imagination.


3. Upgrade Your Tile


modern open master bathroom with walk in shower and stand alone soaking tub

By PDB Designs. Top Home Design Trends for 2016


Say goodbye to that old, grimy tile that’s been in your bathroom for decades. When you lay new tilework, not only will you be improving the health and hygiene of everyone in the house, but you’ll also have a chance to buy something completely different than your old ones. How do you feel about mosaics?


4. Step Up With Colored Step Stools


Step stools can be used everywhere from bathrooms to basements, and when you order them with multiple colors, patterns and designs, they can become fashionable items as well. Buy them from a brand like Naturehome and they’ll be organic to boot!


5. Decorate Your Walls


Cool contemporary San Francisco den family room design by Neila Hutt. Gray walls styled gallery wall and mixed pattern decor.

By Neila Hutt Interior Design


Hang up paintings from your favorite artists. Frame family photos and arrange them in ways that please the eye. You can even apply stencils and hand prints with a fresh coat of paint if you want a look that’s truly one-of-a-kind. Just don’t leave your walls bare; that’s a sign of a hotel, not a home.


6. Replace Your Upholstery


A finished classic chair DIY with do it yourself chalk paint tutorial.

DIY Tutorial – How to make your own chalk paint for upholstery


Upholstery is another way to change the atmosphere of a room without actually changing much about it. When you put new covers on your couches and pillows, they’ll feel different even when they’re exactly the same, and that’s often all it takes to inject new life in a setting.


7. Go Green


Jonathan Adler's apartment interior desing. Geometric orange rug bright colors, white walls for the dining room

Jonathan Adler’s apartment. Designing with plants.


Bring a touch of nature into your home by allowing greenery to grow from flowerpots and hanging baskets. In addition to looking beautiful, some plants can also improve your indoor air quality, so they’ll become multipurpose decorations with a lot to offer. Just don’t grow a cactus with curious kids in the house!


8. Change Your Drapes


Contemporary living room, upholstered grey furniture, neutral coloe scheme, drapery and pendant light.

Niche Modern


Last but certainly not least, when’s the last time you replaced your drapes? You’ve probably had the same ones hanging in front of your windows for years. It’s time to throw out the old and embrace the new! Go shopping and find something that speaks to your style now, not your style 10 years ago.
These are just a few ways to breathe new life into your home. There are many more, of course, but these should be enough to get you started on a journey of interior design. Good luck!

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