11 Simple DIY Decorating Ideas to Transform a Room

With just a little imagination and time, you can easily transform a room with these decorating tips.

Go Green

You don’t have to go overboard decorating with flowers and plants—a single leaf or stem can look great in a slender vase. You can also add a small herb garden to your kitchen windowsill to not only add color to the room, but flavor to your meals.

Switch Out a Bulb

Try a lower-wattage bulb to change a room’s mood. You can go from bright to romantic in moments. Another fun idea is to swap out an old bulb with a new Edison bulb to give your decor a retro spin.

Mix-and-Match Glassware

Try mixing old and new glassware on display shelves. Don’t be afraid to add colored glass, as it will add a pop of color.

Try a New Lamp Shade

Revive a tired looking lamp with a new shade. Bright colors may even keep the winter blues at bay.


Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

A well-placed mirror can make a small room seem larger. For a custom look that’s inexpensive, find a vintage frame and have mirrored glass cut to fit.
You can also decorate your mirror frame with glass tile.

Paint the Ceiling

Instead of painting the ceiling white, pick a color! Blue-grays, yellows and lavenders all help draw the eye up without being overwhelming.
Here are some Best-Kept Secrets of Professional Painters.

Make a Display Table

Have a piece of Plexiglass cut to fit a tabletop. Then tuck favorite photos, postcards or fun fabric underneath.
When you’re done, take a great picture of the finished product with these Tips for Better Photos of Your DIY Projects.

Repurpose a Ladder

That old wooden ladder in the garage can work as a spot to store extra blankets and add an element of coziness to a room.

Fun Flower Vases

Hide a flower vase in a pair of rain boots for a simple, fun way to decorate an entryway.

Stack your Books

Pick out some of your favorite books and stack them on an end table or bench or alternate stacked books with books placed upright on a bookshelf. Piled books will draw the eye to an area.

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