14 Genius Little Makeovers for Every Space

HGTV Magazine shows you how to move your stuff around, add new finds and try some simple DIYs — your rooms are about to do a happy dance!

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August 14, 2020
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Lean a Message Board in a Kitchen

It’s a sweet little way to leave a message for your family — or promote tonight’s dinner menu in a creative way. No shelf? Put a board like this (it’s from Letterfolk) on a countertop, propped against the wall. (Designed by Allisa Jacobs)

Replace a Desk Chair With a Ghost Chair and a Graphic Pillow

The clear back lets the pillow’s pattern show through — it’s really striking!

Drape Blankets Over a Ladder

Show off blankets or throws in a bedroom or den on an interesting ladder. In a bathroom, try a small one with hand towels. (Designed by Salt Design Co.)

Put Up a Plug-In Sconce

Score glamness without the work of hardwiring a sconce into a wall.

Buy It: Lamps Plus, $167

Upgrade Your Shower Curtain

Since it’s the most prominent design in a bathroom, a bold print can be a game changer.

Buy It: Society 6, $56 and up

Layer a Welcome Mat Over an Outdoor Rug

Doubling up is double the style. This works especially well if you have a large door or a wide porch that makes a regular doormat seem puny. (Designed by Lantern Lane Designs)

Group Items by Color

A rainbow of hues in your built-in is total eye candy. Arranging stuff by color makes a room seem more organized, too. (Designed by Kailo Chic)

Paint Your Bedroom Ceiling a Spahhh Color

What’s more relaxing than lying in bed and staring at a soothing sky blue? Try Fountain Spout by Benjamin Moore (shown) or Big Surf by Behr.

Hang Art In a Unique Way

Magnetic clamps hold the print in place. A metallic finish is also cool but doesn’t distract from the art.

Cover a Wall With Decals

Just stick ’em up (these tangerines are from Urbanwalls) and they totally transform the entire room. You can find decals in any pattern — flowers, dots, animals, whatever! Replace them when you’re in the mood for a new look. (Designed by DMF Interiors)

Get a Fun Hamper

When one is this adorable, it’s decor and storage. Use it to hold toys in a playroom or extra bedding in a kid’s room.

Buy It: PB Teen, $99

Get a Trio of Art

If you’re not quite sure how to fill the area above a sofa or console table, three themed prints or photos make a real impact.

Buy It: Etsy: DesignMondo, $12 (for a set of 3)

Monochrome Your Candles and Holders

A row of them (all the same color or varied) is superchic on a mantel or table.

Spruce Up Spots With Shelf Paper

Create a nice surprise on shelves in a closet or a medicine cabinet or inside dresser or nightstand drawers.

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