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.