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Posted: Friday, September 16, 2011 2:25 pm | Updated: 2:29 pm, Fri Sep 16, 2011.

Does your favorite room in the house seem boring or dated? Need help on how to jazz it up? We asked local designers for tips on how to easily add a little new life into your space.

SUSAN BLOCK, The Designing Block

■ Paint is an easy and inexpensive way to change up a room. Use an accent wall or horizontal stripes to add pop.

■ Contrast is key. Even if you like a monochromatic room, use accessories or fabrics in darker or lighter shades to add depth.

■ So many times, the ceiling light or lamps are tired looking. Find fun new lamps to brighten the space.

■ If the room is dark or small, hang a mirror to open it up.

■ Remember that nothing you do is permanent. Get your feet wet by trying a different look in a less public room, like a guest bedroom.

HOLLY BLUMEYER, Holly Blumeyer Interior Design Group

■ Change up your kitchen. If there’s room, put banquette seating around the kitchen table, and glass front doors with lighting on cabinets.

■ Front halls can be boring. Get a fun rug that is nice and fresh but won’t fight the rest of the house. It doesn’t have to match, just blend.

■ The brighter you go with paint color, the harder it is to live with. You can put a bright coat on first, then rag a pale cream on top to soften the color.

■ If your child has left the nest, transform his or her room into the ultimate guest bedroom with a new queen-sized bed, luxury linens and all the amenities.

■ Most people don’t have enough lamps. Bringing more light into a space will instantly change a room for the better.

JANE GANZ, Directions in Design

■ Layer colors throughout the room. Use art and accessories to add splashes of color and personality.

■ Recessed art lights can pull color and depth out of a piece of art and bring it to life.

■ Add an unexpected accent piece of furniture. You can take an antique secretary desk and paint it in the MacKenzie- Childs look, or add mosaic and jewel pieces to it.

■ Find unique chandeliers and wall sconces to add interest to a room. There are so many options out there now, using silks and other fabrics, or formed into different shapes.


■ Clutter can suffocate a room. Simplify the space and allow the most distinct pieces to shine.

■ Arrange furniture in a clear and functional way. Create little areas for conversation to make the room seem friendlier.

■ Use original art to give your house more soul. Make the effort to go to art fairs or galleries and purchase something you like—it will become a personal statement.

■ Turn your deck, patio or porch into an outdoor room. Great outdoor rugs, lights and seating are available to create a comfortable space.

■ Only use accessories that are meaningful. Avoid artificiality or anything that decorates, but doesn’t say something about you or your life. When you walk into a person’s house, it should be like opening a book about them.


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