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
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