15 Easy Home Makeovers You Can Do Right Now

So you want to do something different to your home right now? You can - and it can be inexpensive. We've corralled a few of our favorite quick decorating tricks from designers so you can achieve a whole new look in no time at all. Here's a sampling of 15 ideas, but find all 101 makeover suggestions here.



"Pick a predominant color from your room and paint the ceiling. It can be done in less then a day, and a can of paint is so cheap!" -Nathan Turner


"Experiment with different light bulbs in your sconces and chandeliers. Instead of the traditional flame tip, try using clear Edison bulbs. Ditch the shades for a more modern look." -Philip Gorrivan


"Paint your baseboards a contrasting color such as Spanish brown or dark gray. It's like applying eyeliner - it will make the wall pop. Plus, it won't show scuffs." -Thomas Jayne
Pictured, Benjamin Moore's Middlebury Brown HC-68



"If your bookshelves look bland, paint the back and sides a contrasting color. Pick up the color across the room with an accent pillow or a throw." -Connie Beale


"I like to do this myself at least once a year. Take every last loose piece on every surface - photos, vases, candlesticks, books, magazines - whatever is cluttering up your vision and chances are you no longer even see. Put them on a counter in the kitchen, then redeploy in new arrangements. But only use half of them. Put the rest into a closet for a free shopping spree the next time around." -Jamie Drake


"Go to Home Depot, buy a length of crown molding at least two inches deep, and nail it to the wall to create a picture ledge. I'd do it in a family space, like a kitchen or a hallway. Buy standard frames and pop in your children's art or family photos and change it around every few weeks." -Suzanne Lovell


"Paint the inside of your lampshades a very pale pink. This will combat the cool light from those green fluorescent corkscrew bulbs." -Scott Salvator
Pictured, Benjamin Moore's Elephant Pink 2087-70



"Make a folding screen. All you need is four pieces of plywood and some hinges. I'm doing one for my office and upholstering it in linen, with cork on the other side so I can take up pictures. A screen adds texture and scale to a room. It's another layer." -Christopher Maya


"Buy a tree in a basket or planter and put it in your loneliest corner. I love a fiddle leaf fig for its sweet platypus bill-like leaves. If you want to go the extra mile, stick some uplights behind it." -Celerie Kemble



"Buy a piece of marble from a stone yard and have them hone it and make it into a new top for a table you already own. Instant patisserie!" -Windsor Smith



"Inset mirrors into the panels on a door. I just did it in my dining room and my bedroom, and it perks up the whole house." -Pat Healing



"Wallpaper a closet. A linen closet only needs a couple of rolls and you will feel sheer joy every time you open it." -Ruthie Sommers


"I like to make simple slipcovers for the square headboard on my bed. Just get a great piece of fabric, cut out a front and a back, and stitch them together. I might do white linen in the summer, velvet in winter." -Emily Henry



"Organize and style your bookshelves. Group books by subject or even color. Stand some upright, and then stack some horizontally to break the monotony. Mix in favorite pieces of pottery, collectibles, shells, or family photos." -Angie Hranowsky



"Place a large mirror opposite a window to open up a room and double the amount of natural light." -Jeff Andrews

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