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Rate your space

By TINA CHONVANEC

 

If your home or room desperately needs a face-lift, you don’t have to break the bank — and it doesn’t have to be a big production. The first step? Organization and decluttering, the old "less is more" mentality. "It’s the single most effective way to give your home a mini makeover, and you can ‘repurpose’ your current possessions," says Peg Winters, The Winters Partnership. Moving a piece of artwork or decorative candles from your bedroom to your living room gives it new and greater exposure, for example.

"Take big plastic bins and put all the things that are cluttering your space in them," says Barb Brinkman, Barb’s Interior Design.

Once you’ve freed up some wall space, painting a few accent walls is an easy way to freshen up a room. "Go bold if you haven’t — lighten up if you’re typically bold," Sarah Steltenpohl of Swan Furniture and Interiors says.

Anne Francois of Collaborative Design says redressing the windows with either hard or soft window treatments is another tip.

Thinking outside the box is the real challenge; Brinkman says to pull out those plastic bins when you’ve taken some of the other steps and determine the items you would like to reuse. "Keep to your color scheme and don’t pull in odd colors that clash," she says, "and bring in a few key accessories that pop." M