Up Your Design Style With Small Changes That Make Major Impact

So long, predictable design ideas! It's time to think outside the box and infuse your home with ideas inspired by the fresh, unexpected style seen in these before-and-afters.

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November 01, 2019

Create an Inspiring Color-Blocked Bookshelf

An unorganized and mostly empty shelf doesn't bring any character to a room. A well-styled bookshelf creates interest and unifies a living space. Use the rainbow as inspiration to create a truly stunning effect.

Organize by Shades

Remove everything from your bookshelf and stack the books by spine color. Arrange back on the shelf from light to dark, varying heights and stacking them both vertically and horizontally.

Finish With Accessories

Fill in with accents that match the color grid. Shop your house for pieces that will complete the look without having to spend extra $$$. Bonus Tip: Add backlighting to make the bookcase really pop.

Before: Matching Dining Chairs

Matching dining sets look uniformed but are very predictable.

After: Mix-and-Match Dining Chairs

Show some personality by mixing colors, materials and finishes for a one-of-a-kind look.

Take Height Into Account

It's a good rule of thumb to have chairs with similar heights next to each other to pull the look together.

Pair Up

Create balance around the table by incorporating at least two chairs of the same style.

Before: Bare Foot-of-Bed

Benches have long reigned supreme at the foot of the bed, but we’d like to suggest a plush sofa as a cozier alternative. Not only does it serve the same purpose as a bench, but it also adds major style and comfort to your bedroom.

After: End-of-Bed Sofa

The sofa should be the same height or lower than the end of your bed and as wide as the bed to keep it proportional to the room.

Begin and End Your Day

The extra surface is a great place to collect yourself in the morning before work — lay out your outfit or accessories, slip on shoes — and of course, it's the perfect spot to wind down at the end of the day.