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13 Easy room facelifts you can do on your lunch break

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Update a room's look in 10 minutes or less with these quick and easy tips

It doesn't take a ton of muscle or money to give your home a fresh look. Tackle one space at a time — each effort will leave your home (and you) feeling renewed.

1. Create a vignette

Update a room's look in 10 minutes or less with these quick and easy tips

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On a coffee table or mantel, arrange a little display to add interest. A plant or flowers, a small stack of pretty books and a few accessories (coasters, remotes in a basket) are all you need.

2. Add a slipcover

Update a room's look in 10 minutes or less with these quick and easy tips

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Make old furniture look new with slipcovers: solid, patterned, reversible. Premade slipcovers are perfect for standard sized sofas and chairs. If your furniture is oddly shaped, you may need a seamstress to help you customize your favorite fabric.

3. Toss in a few pillows

Update a room's look in 10 minutes or less with these quick and easy tips

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Throw pillows are one of the easiest ways to personalize a space. Cover an existing pillow with a fresh new cover, or simply add a new pillow in a fun pattern or color to jazz up your room.

More: 29 of the coolest pillows ever

4. "Shop" other rooms

Update a room's look in 10 minutes or less with these quick and easy tips

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Give new life to a forgotten home accent by moving it from one room to another. That artsy vase in your bedroom could make a gorgeous focal point on the family room mantel. You won't spend a cent.

5. Replace a lampshade

Update a room's look in 10 minutes or less with these quick and easy tips

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You might be surprised by how much one new lampshade can change a room. A patterned drum shade looks fabulous in a contemporary dining room, while a pleated bell shade lends a traditional feel to the home office.

6. Add an area rug

Update a room's look in 10 minutes or less with these quick and easy tips

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You don't have to match the rug to the room — it can be a completely different color and pattern than your existing furniture, drapes or pillows. Use rugs to create seating areas, to pull together a dining space or to cozy up a bare family room. Add a smaller rug on top of your existing area rug for added texture.

7. Reorganize a bookshelf

Update a room's look in 10 minutes or less with these quick and easy tips

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Arrange books and decor by color. Align all the books so the spines are at the very front of the shelf. Place books vertically on most shelves and horizontally on just a few. You'll feel an instant sense of order.

More: 7 Home decorating ideas you're too scared to try

8. Spruce up your entryway

Update a room's look in 10 minutes or less with these quick and easy tips

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Set a good first impression with a tidy entryway. If you have a hall closet, use it: put away shoes, coats, umbrellas, backpacks. If you have an entry table, keep it orderly: Place keys in a pretty bowl, corral mail in a basket. Don't let the area become a dumping ground.

More: Top decorating mistakes: Are you guilty?

9. Create a fresh centerpiece

Update a room's look in 10 minutes or less with these quick and easy tips

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Bring life to a side table, a kitchen island or a nightstand with a vase of cut flowers. Use multiple vases of various sizes for an eye-catching display. Allergic to flowers? Try a pretty bowl of lemons or apples instead.

10. Reorganize the pantry

Update a room's look in 10 minutes or less with these quick and easy tips

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Maybe you have a beautiful walk-in pantry. Perhaps you store your foods in kitchen cupboards. Then again you might have a tiny space that forces you to keep everything out in the open. Regardless of where your canned goods, baking supplies and food staples are kept, it's best if they're tidy and accessible. Store dry goods in airtight containers, bags or chips or pretzels in baskets and canned goods on portable Lazy Susans.

11. Refresh wall art

Update a room's look in 10 minutes or less with these quick and easy tips

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Switch out the photos in your hanging frames. Or add new, colorful mattes to make the photos stand out. Staple a fun fabric to a corkboard. Mod Podge some fun scrapbook paper to an art canvas.

More: Easy DIY projects using art canvas

12. Move furniture

Update a room's look in 10 minutes or less with these quick and easy tips

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Redecorate for free by moving furniture pieces within a room, or from one room to another. Repurpose a family room ottoman as a living room sofa table. Create a cozy indoor seating area with outdoor wicker chairs. Move a bedroom armoire into a space where you need more storage (think craft supplies, board games, pantry items). Easy peasy!

13. Do a quick clean

Update a room's look in 10 minutes or less with these quick and easy tips

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Take 10 minutes to make your bed, dust or vacuum one room, wipe down the bathroom sink and toilet or load and run the dishwasher. Having even one of these chores out of the way will make you feel great about your home.

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