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8 Simple decorating hacks for the design-challenged

Morgan Albaum

Ready to spice up your home with some easy tips? Try these decorating hacks for the design-challenged and your humble abode will be fabulous in no time.

If you’re no Martha Stewart, you’re not alone. Most people don’t have an eye for interior decorating — although you know what looks good when it’s someone else’s home. Decorating your house can be stressful and time-consuming if you don’t know what you’re doing.

These easy design hacks will help transform your average home into a super-stylish one.

1. Grab the paintbrush and get creative

If your kitchen is in good shape but looks a little worn down, paint the cabinets or the walls under them to add some life to your cooking space. Find a color scheme to add richness and originality to your kitchen.

In the bedroom, try painting the walls only halfway up. It sounds lazy, but it’s awesomely unique and gives the illusion your ceilings are higher than they actually are. Just be sure to use painter’s tape to keep those lines straight.

2. Sprinkle with accents in a unifying color

Find one color or combination of colors you really love and use them around your home for matching accents that create a collaborative theme. Start with something basic — like candle holders or chairs — that make your home look like you’ve spent weeks perfecting it. Gold accents give your place a more grown-up and professional feel.

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3. Build or transform your furniture

Try taking a cozy rug and attaching it to a bar stool or vintage chair from the thrift store. Or pick out your favorite pattern and upholster it to an old chair. You’ll save major dollars and create a piece of furniture (or two) that’ll make your friends jealous.

Thinking bigger? Pick up some wood pallets and add a layer of fresh paint to create a fashionable coffee table for you and your guests.

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4. Repurpose vintage items

DIY necklace holder
Image: Visibly Moved

Head to the beach with some friends and grab a piece of driftwood while you’re at it. Next, find vintage furniture knobs from your local consignment shop. Screw the knobs to the driftwood and you’ve got yourself a beautiful new necklace holder.

5. Bring life to your home

You don’t need to have a green thumb to create a beautiful succulent arrangement. The word succulent itself means “juicy” — so they’re made to withstand any harsh conditions if you’re keeping them on the porch. If you’re growing them inside, situate them by the window. Swap the flower pot for something fun of your choice. The best part? They don’t need to be watered as much as you’d think — especially during the winter months.

6. Bust out the old book stash

Restyle your router
Image: Ana Maria Munoz

Hollowed-out bookshelves in the wall make for a beautiful interior design, but there’s another useful hack for those old dusty encyclopedias. If you’ve got one you don’t mind abusing, pull out the pages and use the empty book covers as a way to hide those ugly routers and power strips. Eliminate those pesky wires and add a succulent on top. Two for one design hack.

7. Create your own epic glassware

You know those really awesome yet totally expensive wine glasses from Anthropologie with acrylic paint designs? It’s possible to recreate these gems for half the price. Find a set of glass or plastic wine cups from the dollar store and acrylic paint from Michaels. Be sure to seal the paint afterwards to help it last. Wine night with the girls just got a lot more colorful.

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8. Declutter your bathroom

bathroom organizer
Image: Itsy Bits and Pieces

Bathrooms can get hectic in the mornings from the moment you step out of the shower. Is your counter cluttered with various beauty products and hair appliances? There’s finally a use for that old CD holder you’ve been hoarding in your attic. Paint it, flip it sideways and attach it to your bathroom wall. You now have several compartments to organize all your toiletries.

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