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Home+Garden: Easy ways to dress up your home

After the holidays is a great time to give your home a face lift. Ready to make some changes, but don’t want to break the bank? Vant Wall Panels marketing director and interior design expert, Jeffrey Welder, has some easy-to-implement design tips.

Use decorative mirrors to add instant light to your living space. Mirrors are often used to make a small space feel larger. Try placing a mirror directly across from the windows – it will instantly add light to the room! Decorative mirrors can also be used in place of art to fill empty wall space.

Leave cabinets and shelving space open. Embrace clutter. Open shelving is a fantastic way to display your homeware and means you actually have to be more diligent about what you keep. Hang up your pots and pans (with some order). A look that’s especially in at the moment is copper and brass pans. Matching dinnerware looks beautiful, but mis-matching can work, too.

Kitchen refresh. For a quick kitchen refresh, try changing out your cabinet hardware. Outdated drawer pulls and cabinet hardware can make a kitchen look old. If your cabinets are still in good shape, you can update their look by simply adding more modern hardware. It is inexpensive, only takes an afternoon, and you will be amazed at what a difference this change can make.

Wall makeover. Your home’s walls are the one the easiest places to have a powerful impact. Make over a room without making a long-term commitment. Change the color of just one wall, add some colorful textured wall panels or change out your wall decor by framing your favorite book covers, photos of your favorite destinations, converting your best family photos to black/white and even hanging objects like your childhood violin, inherited dinner plates, wall decals, temporary wallpaper and more. The options are endless.

Use area rugs to soften hardwood floors. Throw rugs give warmth and can add great texture, color and personality to your living space. Hardwood floors are beautiful and easy to maintain, but they sometimes lack the comfort that carpeted floors offer, especially in the winter months. Area rugs can add fun and functionality to your living space. Use several of varying patterns and fabrics together to showcase your personality.

Make a switch with switch plates. One of the smallest, yet most impactful, changes you can make in a room is to change out the switch plates and plug-ins in your home. This can also be one of the most inexpensive changes you can make. Most switch plates are plastic, neutral-colored and barely noticeable. This is your chance to go bold, patterned, shiny, wallpapered, cloth-covered and fun. This is also a renter-friendly upgrade.

Have fun with faucets. Many people don’t consider swapping out their standard faucet until the one they have breaks, but a cool salvage yard find or even an upgrade from a home store in copper, brass or a farmhouse sink can really change your kitchen or bath for not a lot of cash. Kick it up a notch by replacing your counters by laying butcher block or painting them to look concrete. Both are very inexpensive updates, with just a little more DIY involved.

Green up your space with plants. It’s amazing what plants can do for a room. Plants really brighten up a room and add a breath of fresh air. Buy inexpensive terracotta pots and spray paint them in your new accent colors or check out Pinterest for tutorials on different techniques like dip-dying, stenciling or distressing. They provide a focal point to decorate around and add life to shelves and tables. There are several available plants that also purify the air and remove toxins. Plants like jade, dieffenbachia and succulents are all easy to care for and require little of your time to maintain.

Replace the lighting. It may seem like a big deal, but it’s actually an easy option that can be done very affordably. In terms of style and a room’s overall appeal lighting can really change the mood and feel, whether it’s a table lamp or pendant lighting. Great options for interesting lighting vary from IKEA to a Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

The power of pillows. Since pillows come in such a wide array of colors, patterns and sizes, it’s one of the easiest and lowest-cost ways to change the look and feel of a room. You can go from bright and bold to a more subtle integrated look in no time. Even the way you arrange pillows can make a statement.

Jeffrey Welder is the marketing director and interior decorating expert at Vant Wall Panels. Vant Wall Panels are a user-friendly wall décor system that can transform a room in just minutes. For more information, visit

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