Rearrange a room
Do you have a space that just feels awkward when you walk into it? Could be your furniture is arranged in a less-than-welcoming way. Take a living room: The backside of a sofa may not encourage gathering or conversation. In a bedroom, place the frame and mattress so it greets a doorway versus blocks traffic.
Cleaner bathroom sink
Don’t accumulate a cluttered mess of specialty bathroom sprays. Simply stock one good multipurpose cleaner under the bathroom sink, next to a roll of Sparkle paper towels. To make things even easier, you can mount a roll-holder inside the cabinet door. Spray the sink with cleaner and wipe away toothpaste dribbles and more in seconds.
Display what you love
Shelves are utilitarian, but they can also be a useful item for less practical reasons, too. In a nook or otherwise dead wall space, open shelves are perfect for display of artwork, photos, and other items that have special resonance for your family.
True, a gallon of paint isn’t free—but it’s a lot less expensive than a new piece of furniture. Inventive techniques applied to items you already have can be a great way to give a contemporary look and feel to otherwise tired elements.
Move stuff where it gets used
That chair in the basement, that nightstand gathering dust in the attic: If you have a space that’s lacking, consider moving things to spots where they’ll get more traffic and more decorating play. Here, a mismatched collection on a patio provides an eclectic yet charming conversation area.
Re-think what you have
You can find pricey decorating solutions for nearly every need in your house. But something doesn’t have to be made into a table or storage unit to be used in a different way. Here, a dining bench and wood box serve as entryway seating and storage in this pretty combo.
Focus on what you have
You don’t have to be a professional to use color for decorating impact. If you have an item or two that can serve as a focal point, give it room to breathe instead of crowding it with other pieces. Tie in that centerpiece to the rest of the room with an accent in a complementary or secondary color—here, the bowl, which picks up a hue in the striking painting.