Accents for Your Home

Incorporate some fresh interior design trends into your space.

Freshening up your home’s design is always appealing—particularly if you want to add some new energy, but don’t want to commit to a major remodel. According to Remodeling magazine’s “2011-12 Cost vs. Value” report, plenty of homeowners don’t want to embark on major work right now. A sluggish housing market continues to push down remodeling return on investment, it points out. But there are plenty of ways to give your space a new look without investing too much money and time.

Install a conversation piece
A major conversation piece can catapult a perfectly lovely transitional décor scheme into another world altogether. You can find all sorts of quirky high-concept stuff like the aerodynamic-looking cup chair at Concepts Furniture, one source for original and fresh designs. Or check out the goods at Design Lemonade. Also, Unica Home is a Las Vegas-based home design store representing every contemporary European designer you can name, and has an entertaining blog that will hook you.

Instagram your walls
A far fresher idea than jamming family photos all over the house: turn them into canvas wall art. Services like Canvas Pop turn your photos—even Instagram photos—into bona fide wall art, and they’re cheap to switch out if you get bored. All your art comes on gallery-quality handmade canvas and has bordered frames. Check out the idea gallery on the Canvas Pop website.

Recycle (or upcycle)
Reuse some pieces from your home. The options are endless. “Upcycle” a chair using a luxurious Fair Isle sweater knit fabric or paint a piece of furniture the latest Pantone color. You can learn all about “zero VOC” paint on Re-Do It Design, a smart blog that serves both those who want to use its ideas as inspiration when they hire a contractor, and dedicated DIYers. The site features useful series like Green Basement Makeover with cost-cutting tips for refreshing rooms.

One blog with a cult-like following is Young House Love, the ceaseless DIY diary of a young Richmond, Va. couple, detailing every design tip they used in their house. Their adventures have also turned into a New York Times bestselling book. Among their most popular ideas: a dramatic light fixture made of clothespins and reupholstering chairs with fun fabrics.

Wherever you find your inspiration, creativity can fill every nook and cranny of your home. Don’t be afraid to try something a little different to liven up your space.

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