Small Design Changes, Big Impact
Courtesy of: Anytime Presentations


Barbara Schmidt, a nationally recognized interior style consultant, offers four tips for freshening up any room in your home using inexpensive items, as well as preexisting pieces.

Tip 1. Dress up a wall by adding a tight grouping of your favorite pictures. "Pull your chosen color into the matting and frames, but vary the width and style of the frames to add variety," she says. "This is definitely a growing design trend -- and it's a great way to make use of family photos and other images you've always wanted to display." Your local professional custom framer can help you create this look.

"And when choosing matboard for your artwork, make sure it's made from high quality materials, like Crescent's cotton RagMat matboards. RagMat is guaranteed safe next to any artwork for a lifetime."

Tip 2. "Choose one new color for your room and pull it into slipcovers, rugs and tablecloths to create newness and cohesiveness," Schmidt suggests. "Try re-covering or spray-painting a lampshade as an inexpensive way to tie it all together."

Tip 3. "You'd be surprised at how easy it is to make pillow covers on your own," says Schmidt. "Or you can opt to buy them pre-made at fabric stores for a lot less than you'll find at a big-box retailer. It's possible to find beautiful colors and patterns at bargain prices. You just need to do your research."

Tip 4. "Choose one wall in a room, and repaint it to change the color scheme," says Schmidt. "Painting is one of the most inexpensive things you can do, and I guarantee the entire room will look brand new."

"More than ever before, my clients want pieces and themes that are going to last," says Schmidt. "When it comes to big ticket items like tables and sofas, I advise them to choose timeless looks with clean, sleek shapes. That way, when they do want a change in the look and feel of a particular room, they can just make small tweaks to turn it all around."