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4 Home Decor Ideas to Make the Average Room Pop

The following post was written by guest blogger Tara Scott-Johnson of Trulia.

Updating your home doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, the perfect item needed to make your room pop, could be waiting for you at a local junk store. As an example, while designing the set for the film The Devil Wears Prada, designers, Lydia Marks and Lisa Frantz of New York-based Interior Design firm Marks and Frantz, found the perfect mirror to flank what would be Miranda Priestly’s desk for just $40 in an upstate New York junk store. With help from their scenic department, they painted the mirror’s frame, leafed it, stripped it, and painted it again, until they got it right. The mirror made the cut and the rest is movie-making history.

Interior designers instinctively know what items will transform an average room and give it that wow factor


Accent color walls may be the easiest way to add that much needed pop of color to any room. And, because it’s just paint, it is one of the cheapest ways to spruce up your surroundings. An accent wall should be a trendy color, consider Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of The Year, Shadow. Shadow is described as a rich, royal amethyst that fades into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morphs into lustrous coal. This deep neutral tone works with many different color schemes.


Removable – or peel-able – wallpaper is a hot item with renters. It is easy to install and even easier to remove and won’t damage walls like traditional wallpaper. You can get creative with this product; use it to accent a bookcase, decorate a ceiling, or as a backsplash in the kitchen. Available in graphic prints, florals, and even faux tile, removable wallpaper can transform the look of your average room in just a few hours.


Layering rugs has become a popular design trick to transform the look and feel of any space. Smaller area rugs or raw hide rugs placed under a coffee table and atop a larger area rug, makes your living room pop. Similarly, in the bedroom, a small area rug peeking out from under the foot of the bed adds an element of design to an otherwise dull bedroom floor.


Mirrors bounce light around a room and when placed correctly, add depth. By adding a full length mirror at the end of a hallway, the hallway appears to be even longer. When large mirrors are used in a living space, the living space seems to double in size, and when mirrors are arranged in groupings, a simple wall turns into a beautiful and reflective art gallery wall.Paint.

Window Coverings

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Whether you choose wood blinds, shades or curtains panels, window coverings in any fashion will transform the look of your room. Interior designers prefer to use curtain panels to drape and soften the harsh lines of windows and sliding glass doors. Curtain panels add texture, pattern and color and are available in fabrics such as linen, velvet, silk, and cotton. Currently, the trend is to use curtain panels in the same color of the wall’s paint color. This makes an average room appear larger and gives it cohesive balance.

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