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Goodbye, Ugly Room: Solutions to 4 Common Décor Problems

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07.22.13

Back in the Stone Age, home décor was pretty basic. You had your cave markings, your fire and your animal-skin bed. There wasn’t much that could go wrong with that setup. Since then, things have gotten a wee-bit more complex. When you – the modern, hip citizen of the present that you are – move into a new space, design and décor problems start coming out of the woodwork. But with modern problems come contemporary solutions!

Here are easy fixes for four common décor problems.

Problem #1: An Oddly-Shaped Room

If you suffer from room irregularity (anything that’s not a square or rectangle), there are two very different solutions available: camouflage or emphasize. If you consider yourself more of a bold decorator, we say go for emphasis. To do this, try painting the oddly-shaped wall(s) an attention-grabbing accent color. If you can’t beat the shape, make it a statement!

If your style is more subtle, try softening any harsh or jagged corners. Do this by placing round items (like a reading table or plant) in front of the uneven spaces. Tip: You can also try diverting attention away from the room’s shape entirely with an eye-catching, killer rug placed in the center of the room.

Problem #2: A Tiny Bathroom

Nothing is harder than trying to decorate a bathroom that feels like it belongs in an airplane instead of a house. But there are some easy ways to minimize that “mini” feeling.

If you’re game for a retiling project, opt for large tiles. They’ll create a less crowded vibe.

If that isn’t possible, or doesn’t quite do the trick, the next step is to create a single focal point. Since bathrooms typically have two or three fixtures, it’s easy to overwhelm the space with a bright shower curtain, toilet seat cover AND a wallpaper pattern. Pick your favorite, and simplify the rest!

Problem #3: Less-Than-Stellar Cabinets

Cabinets are tough because they’re so big that it’s hard to keep them out of the spotlight. But if you’re willing to get a little creative, there are a few easy, cost-effective ways to dress up even the frumpiest set of cupboards.

The first option is painting them (including the interior) a bold color. Blue cabinets in an otherwise white kitchen make a big statement. Bonus: A fresh coat of paint will hide any nicks or scratches.

If you want something more drastic, try removing the cabinet doors entirely! Your space will feel more open, and it will be easy to grab items you need. Tip: This works especially well in the kitchen if you have colorful dishware – they can double as wall décor!

Problem #4: A Massive Wall

Huge walls are hard to decorate because they require so much stuff. And if you don’t have a fourteen foot mural handy, covering that real estate can be problematic. But this issue is actually pretty easy to solve: just add a long shelf! Once you have that in place, it’s easy to cover the territory with books, knickknacks or even by leaning a bunch of smaller art pieces

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