15 Decorating Tips to Change Your Room for Free

Pile on the pillows

Problem: The room doesn’t feel inviting

Solution: Nothing is cozier than a pile of pillows. Gather pillows from around the room or house and arrange them on one sofa to add comfort and color. Choose pillows that have different patterns in complementary colors for a perfectly mismatched look.

Curtain call

Problem: You have low ceilings

Solution: Fake a high ceiling with strategically placed window treatments. Make a room seem taller by installing the curtain rod above the window frame. Draperies should graze the bottom of the window sill or the floor.

Mirror, mirror

Problem: You can’t put holes in your walls

Solution: Skip the drama of a hammer and nails and prop framed mirrors against a wall. A large mirror serves many functions in a room. With a beautiful frame it becomes impactful art. When angled against the wall, it tricks the mind into thinking the ceiling line is even higher than it is. When it reflects light, it brightens the space and provides the illusion of an extra window.

Splashes of color

Problem: Bland built-ins

Solution: Add punch to a window seat with a colorful throw and pillows. Need help choosing a color? Look for a predominant color on the dust jackets or spines of the books in your shelving and repeat it in your fabrics.

Up close and personal

Problem: Furniture lines every wall

Solution: Nobody likes a wallflower, especially when it comes to furniture. Moving furniture away from the wall and into groupings makes a room seem larger and encourages conversation.

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