Photo Gallery: Quick Home Makeover Tips
Freshen up a room on the fly.
Designer and W Network star Jennifer Reid chose tiles that shimmer like little jewels. “We wanted a gradient or shaded tile effect for the backsplash, but it was super-expensive,” says Reid. “Instead, we purchased tile and created the effect ourselves by exchanging the dominant grey tiles for white ones.”
To freshen up an office nook in a living room, add an upholstered corkboard behind the desk in the same fabric as throw cushions to ease flow from one area to the next.
For more tips, read an interview with homeowner/designer, Jennifer Reid.
In this living room, a classically patterned blind is spruced up with a modern twist — a bold ribbon, sewn around the perimeter for a graphic punch.
For more design and decorating ideas, browse our Great Drapes & Blinds gallery.
Toronto blogger Emma Reddington painted the original pale mustard-coloured tub and white walls in a black-blue shade for dramatic effect in her upstairs bathroom. The medicine cabinet, pendant light and towel rack are the room’s only new additions.
A contemporary drapery fabric balances the more traditional chandelier and table. A wall of archival photos in simple white frames fills the large wall perfectly without investing in a pricey piece of art.
This mid-century living room window got an instant update with dramatic black paint. No need to hide this beauty behind drapery; homeowner Tanya Linton chose a demure roller blind instead to let the black frame take centre stage.
For more lighting options, see our Statement Lighting photo gallery.
The intense colours of the walls and bookcase backing are set off by crisp white trim and shelving. The scale and size of the bookshelves offer plenty of storage for office items, and also add character to the large space.
This home’s soft grey palette creates a calm, neutral canvas for a gutsy bright yellow door. Paint is easy to switch up from season to season. To keep the focus on the eye-catching entrance, the surrounding garden was kept simple and green.
Watch a video tour of this home.
House & Home style editor Sarah Hartill gave her basement laundry room a quick and easy makeover by covering an old sink stand with a pretty floral skirt and adding a graphic print rug to warm up the cold floor tile. A countertop built to fit over the laundry machines provides a folding surface, while simple stainless steel shelves store various supplies.
See more beautiful Laundry Rooms.
Everyday objects make for grand artwork when the scale is emphasized. Simply pick up some vintage stamps, enlarge them in a photocopier, and frame them with quality matting for an elevated look.