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Room design can be transformed by small changes

August 19, 2014

hardwood floorsFor homeowners who aren't gifted in home design skills, there's hope - small decorating changes can have a big impact. Just as solid oak floors like those in Anderson's Vintage Hardwood Floor collection have lasting appeal, some home improvement techniques will create instant focal points that you'll want to keep around for a while.

People tend to shy away from using wallpaper because it's somewhat more complicated than painting. But if you simply wallpaper a single wall, the job isn't too much to handle. Leave it alone as an accent wall or install a series of book shelves in front of it.

California designer Jean Larette told House Beautiful magazine that having wallpaper behind shelves often inspires homeowners to arrange books and collectibles in a way that allows the paper's pattern to show through. Arrange the books by size or color, horizontally and vertically.

Color by mood
Some of the most important colors in your home should be the ones you wake up to. Homeowners increasingly view the bedroom as a personal retreat, so the hues there should fit the mood and personal taste of those whose bedroom it is.

According to HGTV, early risers may prefer being greeted by lighter, uplifting colors in the morning, so they should opt for a lighter palette of colors and more translucent treatments. People who like to stay up late and sleep in the next day will likely find deeper tones more soothing.

To get the full benefit that light hues can bring to a room, try a monochromatic color scheme. Painting a small room in a soothing blue shade makes it easier to select a bed ensemble to coordinate with this favorite wall color. A variety of tones in wood floors and furniture also go well with blue. Using different fabrics to blend with the base color adds depth through different textures.

Highlight artwork
New York City interior decorator Eric Cohler likes to highlight wall art by using bright, colored frames around a white mat, or a white frame around a colored mat. By hanging them in an under-used part of a room or in a dark corner, they brighten that spot and draw attention to it.

Choosing an expected location for a piece or artwork is a twist that catches attention in a room design. If you go for a more traditional wall grouping, take an asymmetrical approach but leave 3 inches or more between each piece.