Photography by Brittany Ambridge

CHANGE YOUR HEADBOARD


You don’t need to invest in a four-poster bed for drama in the bedroom. Pick up a headboard in the style you’re trying to achieve. Options run the gamut in everything from antique brass to upholstered. Whatever you choose will instantly become the focal point of your space.

Photography by Brittany Ambridge Photography by Laure Joliet

GO SQUARE OR ROUND


Though rectangular styles tend to be the dining table go-to, a small space is instantly bigger with a square or circular table. They fit just as many chairs, but feel less looming in a room.

Photography by JUSTIN BERNHAUT

KEEP THE MISMATCHED FURNITURE


Your home doesn’t look like the inside of your favorite home décor catalog and that’s a good thing. Focus on adding pieces you really love, even if it’s a dresser that doesn’t quite fit in. A well-maintained mash-up of items looks eclectic and avoids feeling too matchy-matchy.

Photography by SOPHIE MUNRO

LAYER LIKE RUGS


That Persian hand-hooked wool rug costs as much as a month of rent, but it is completely irresistible. You can achieve the look of an oversized rug by layering smaller sizes together, say two 4’x’6 styles. If you’re feeling extra brave, mix different patterns and textures, just make sure they’re in the same color scheme.

Photography by SARAH SHERMAN SAMUEL Courtesy of The Daily Edited

HANG AN UNFRAMED MIRROR


Head to your local hardware store and ask for unframed mirrors. You’ll find them in small to oversized styles for the fraction of the price of a framed mirror. Hang it in any room that could use some lightening up.

Photography by KARA ROSENLUND

SUPERSIZE YOUR PHOTOS


Before you invest in your favorite local artist, turn your own favorite photos into works of art. Pick a few favorite prints of family or vacation snaps and blow them up at a local photo or printing store. We love the look of a giant portrait behind a couch or a grid of large, personal prints down a hallway.

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

WHITE IT OUT


It’s amazing how many decorating problems can be fixed with a can of linen white paint. Use it on your walls, sure, but also look to floors (it’s great at covering wood) and furniture (it modernizes any style) when you need to freshen a palette.

Photography by Nina Holst for stylizimo

RETHINK THE CLOSET


This is an especially great tip for small spaces: use your closet for something other than storage. Before you scoff, hear us out. It’s a great spot to turn into a mini workspace, craft station – you name it. Remove the door if you want it to feel like a part of the room.