Scout out an old mantel from an architectural salvage shop or flea market and you have yourself a brand new focal point for your living room. Mount it to the wall and treat it like you would a real fireplace -- sans fire, of course. Decorate the mantel, arrange your furniture to face it, and add an interesting fireplace filler.
What's better than one rug? Two! Layer a smaller rug on top of a larger one to add dimension to a room. In this living room, the smaller rug defines the seating group. This trick works well if you have your eye on a rug that's a little pricey. If you start with a simple, solid base rug, you can buy a smaller, less expensive rug to add the pattern you crave.
Take a new paint job to the next level by going for not one, but two colors. Paint strips make it easy to discern what hues to use. Pick your color of choice and coat one wall with one of the darker colors on the strip, then coat the rest of the walls with a color that's a shade or two lighter on the same strip.
Front doors painted in fun, bright colors may be appearing on your block. Apply the same idea to your interior doors for a fresh pop of color.
Bedding sets are easy because everything is already pulled together for you. But the overall look can sometimes lack a little pizzazz. Swap out one or two items in your bedding set for something new, such as bright blue shams that pick up on the stripe in your duvet.
Wallpaper is a decorating tool that is back and better than ever. Fresh colors, patterns, and textures bring wallpaper back into the spotlight as a sophisticated option for walls. For a small change, consider wallpapering just one wall in a room or the back of a bookshelf.
In love with a bright color, but know it won't work in large strokes? Show off your new favorite color inside a bookcase or built-in. Paint the back of the shelves in your chosen color and let it add an unexpected surprise to your room.
At a Diagonal
If you're springing for new floors, consider laying the planks on a diagonal for an unexpected twist.
Easy Change Color
For a less permanent take on a pop of color, look to pillows, which can be purchased (or made) for a song and are easy to switch out. Buy a few basic pillow forms, then buy or make new pillow covers when the itch for a new look strikes.
Geodes and Agates
Bring geology into your decor. Include real geodes and agates in a vignette. Or take the less literal route and use fabric or pillows bearing geode and agate patterns.
Step Up Your Stairs
Give your stairway a little more presence with a simple spruce-up. Paint a running stripe on the risers or even write out a phrase with a few words on each riser.
Enlarge a Fave Photo
Flip through your phone's camera roll or your Instagram photos and there's sure to be a pic that makes you say, "I should frame that." Go for it, but do it in a big way. Many photo printing services offer enlargements in sizes beyond the basic 4x6. Some sites even will print your photos on canvas.
Lauded for its warmth and sheen, gold is a must-have metal in decor. It brings both richness and coziness to a space. Try a burnished finish for a subtle look.
Sliding barn doors are big, but what if you don't have a spot for one? How about using them as an eye-catching headboard instead? They'll lend a rustic-industrial vibe to your bedroom and create a strong focal point. Just be sure to use sturdy mounting hardware so that the doors are secure.
Combine utilitarian and rough-hewn for an of-the-moment look. Both industrial and rustic decor imbue a utilitarian feel. Industrial style takes its inspiration from machinery, and rustic elements are drawn from rural settings. Get the look by using metals and woods with worn finishes, clean-lined furnishings, and plenty of chic gray.
Don't settle for basic when it comes to your dining room chair seats. Hone in on a statement-making fabric and recover your cushions. It's okay if this fabric is a little daring, because, unless you have seating for 20 in your dining room, you'll be using it in a relatively small dose.
Reclaim Your Space
That odd corner or empty void on the far side of your living room? It's time to make something out of it. Add a small table and set of chairs to your living room and you have a mini office, party buffet, and game table, all in one. Outfit a nook with shelves, a bulletin board, and a tabletop for extra storage and a command center.
Stand out amongst a sea of white and almost-white walls with a moody hue of charcoal gray, so-blue-it's-almost-black, or the darkest of chocolates. These drama-inducing hues look fab with a sprinkling of pure white and vibrant mid-tone colors, such as peacock blue or pumpkin orange.
True, solid-color fabrics will stand the test of time, but they don't offer much in the way of visual variety. If you're in the market for new upholstery and you're craving something a little different, look to patterns, but keep it subtle. Small-scale patterns, such as stripes or simple geometrics, in tone on-tone colorways are versatile enough to adapt to trends, but add a little more kick than your standard vanilla sofa.
Curtains, shades, and...screens? While not exactly a standard window treatment, folding screens can perform many of the same functions while serving up something a little different. Decorative screens can block a not-so-hot view and provide privacy. Plus you can stash stuff behind them (hello extra storage!) and they add a little more visual weight to a space.