Ideas to make your room come to life

Ideas to make your room come to life

Submitted by Sue Hunter, interior designer and owner of Home for a Change

Small, subtle changes in a room can make a big impact. If your rooms are in need of a boost, here are some ideas to help get you started.

  • One wall can come to life when you introduce a wall covering or mural. Even if you are renting, wall coverings and murals now come with “peel and stick” features.
  • Tired of your old kitchen backsplash? Use decorative wall tiles, a textured paper painted any color you want or a reflective, metal-look paint.
  • Add a lamp in your room somewhere you would like to highlight with lighting. A halogen spotlight will add drama anywhere.
  • Add some texture in your room with a nubby pillow, a thick shag rug, a distressed table, copper, silver or some bling. Replace a button on a pillow with an old rhinestone pin. Hang some crystals from your plain chandelier. Replace hardware on your bathroom vanity with crystal pulls. Place candlesticks on a silver tray on your dining room table.
  • Remove all silks in your house and replace with natural elements, such as shells, stones, moss, live plants or hydrangea.
  • Buy several new picture frames and get rid of the brass, ceramic and plastic ones. This will add some new life to your photos and tabletop.
  • Cover flat-panel closet doors in wallpaper.
  • Rather than a sofa and two chairs in your living room or sun area, try four matching chairs and an ottoman. It gives you great space for entertaining or relaxing. You also are not covering windows, which allows for plenty of sunshine to stream in.
  • Remove the hard, wood chairs from one side of your dining table and replace with an upholstered bench or settee. This is a great way to add color and texture to your room. It also adds another area for relaxing while reading the morning paper.


Home for a Change is the original Two Hour Interior Space Lift. Hunter has 28 years of experience as an interior designer. She has worked on residential and commercial projects of all types. Hunter will inspire creative ideas that will guide you into your own interior comfort zone. Fabrics, walls, window treatments, furniture, floor coverings, and accessories are all part of Hunters extensive home interior knowledge.

As of June 30, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.


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