Photo Gallery: Quick Home Makeover Tips
Freshen up a room on the fly.
Retile a backsplash for a quick, easy change.
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.”
Create a sense of continuity with matching patterns.
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.
See more Double-Duty Offices in our photo gallery.
Update window coverings.
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.
Match the tub to the walls for an updated look.
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.
Hang old family photos for a personal touch.
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.
Paint window frames for a contemporary hit.
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.
Frame simple Ikea bookshelves in trim for a custom look.
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.
Give the front door new life with bold paint.
This home’s soft grey palette creates a calm, neutral canvas for a gutsy bright yellow door. To keep the focus on the eye-catching entrance, the surrounding garden was kept simple and green. Perennials like sandcherry and “Limelight” hydrangeas add depth and variation, and better integrate the house to the street. Beds of hostas and impatiens edge either side of the walkway and draw the eye toward a welcoming seagrass stair runner.
Add impact in a small space with fabric.
H&H 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.
Hang affordable DIY art pieces.
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.