Angela Rowe of Decorating Den, Harrisburg: A new window treatment can change the way light comes into the room and, therefore, change the look of the room completely. Shutters can give a cleaner look, but it’s not as soft. A new window treatment can modernize the room. Some of the new shutters have a divider rail, which allows privacy when the louvers are shut on the bottom, but allows light to stream through on the top.
Brian Norman of Norman Carpet One Floor & Home, Marion: I recommend Duette Honeycomb Shades from Hunter Douglas with their wide array of fabrics, pleat sizes, colors and textures. The Architella Collection – honeycomb within a honeycomb design – offers luminous colors and true, crisp pleats, and their patented design provides the industry’s highest energy-efficiency rating. If you like the look of hardwood blinds, but want something practical for less money, consider EverWood X-tra alternative wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. They resist fading, yellowing, warping, bowing and cracking.
2. Flooring and rugs
Angela Rowe: If you don’t have an area rug, I would definitely add that. It will define the space, especially if you have an open floor plan.
Denise Fann of Deloufleur Décor and Designs, Carterville: Change your flooring. Carpet and wood flooring is expensive to change out, but you can get a new look with area rugs. Area rugs add color, change the look of the whole room and create warmth with little expense.
3. Pillows, pictures, lamps
Distinctive Interiors staff, Marion: New pillows, pictures and lamps are an easy pick-me-up for any room. Changing those will allow you to change the color scheme of all of your other accessories.
In a basically neutral room, changing pillows, throws, plants and other colorful decorative accent pieces can give a new look and keep the room interesting throughout the year.
Denise Fann: Lamps in a room are very important. The shades need to be changed out periodically to freshen them up and get a new look. Adding new lamps is a very inexpensive way to update a room.
Angela Rowe: Of course, changing the throw pillows on your sofa can change the whole look of a room and the whole color scheme, especially if you have a solid-color sofa.
4. Wow your walls
Denise Fann: I think one of the things that can completely change the look of a room is paint. Bringing in a new color makes for a new room. Then building everything around that color can give a whole new look. Go opposite in color from what you originally had if you want a change, and go strong with that change or it won’t be satisfying to the eye.
Angela Rowe: Take a focal wall and add wallpaper to that one wall. Wallpaper is definitely coming back, but it’s changed a great deal from the wallpaper we remember from 10 to 15 years ago. And it’s easier to take down when you’re ready for a change.
5. Mirror, mirror on the walls
Denise Fann: Every room needs a piece of black and a mirror of some sort. Black enhances everything in its surroundings. Mirrors reflect, open up, and help create space and warmth.
Distinctive Interiors: Adding a painted or mirrored accent piece will give color and reflective accents to a room. They mix well with almost any wood finish and can add spice to an otherwise simple room. Also, by simply adding a mirror, you can add depth and give the illusion of a larger room.