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Looking for ways to refreshen your living space? Here are 3 inexpensive ideas to bring on the ‘wow’ factor


Writer: KAY FULLER // Home Decorating // Jan/Feb 2016

When the new year comes, it’s nice to give your home a little refresh. Spending time in a space that feels new can really help to bring positive energy and motivation for new possibilities in the coming months.

Here are three of my favorite stylish and quick ways to perk up your home after putting away the holiday decor.


Painting just one wall with a splash of accent color invigorates a room without being overpowering. Accent walls work best when there seems to be a logical reason why a particular wall calls for special treatment.

An architectural feature like a fireplace and the wall your bed is against are good feature walls. Keep in mind that certain colors bring about certain feelings. If you want warm homey feeling, go for coral or pale gold.

For a feeling of romance, select deep red or plum. And if a cooler feeling is what you desire, paint the wall in a shade of gray or blue. Choose a color from your favorite painting or pillow fabric and give the color importance by painting a wall in the color.


Wallpaper is back in a big way. It goes way beyond what can be done with paint. When my clients are looking for the “wow” factor without having to add more costly items, such as tile, stone or expensive fabrics, wallpaper does a great job of it.

Wallpaper adds depth and can make almost any design statement. Wallpaper the foyer for instant drama when your guests arrive or transform your guest bath into the jewel of your home. Guests and family will find themselves transfixed by the art on the walls.

Wallpaper a ceiling for a neat surprise.


If you are looking to add life to your living room, add an area rug. A rug may be considered an accessory item, but it can be the piece of art that pulls everything together.

Layering rugs is a great way to add interest and texture to your living space. I’m assisting a client with freshening her family room. She has a large natural-fiber type broadloom area rug.

With dark wood floors and stained wood crown molding and beams, we decided to layer a beautiful hand-knotted rug atop her existing rug. By doing this, we’ve added drama with color and texture. In another client’s home, I layered a hide over a sisal area rug.

I offset the hide on one end of the sisal rug to add visual length and an organic feel. Rugs can add comfort and warmth as well as beauty. A favorite spot to insert a rug is under the bed to avoid hopping out onto a cold floor.

A new year indicates a fresh start. It’s like a blank canvas just waiting to be filled with beautiful colors and textures. There are so many ways to freshen your home with small updates, but why not make one exciting, noticeable change?

Kay Fuller is the buyer and interior decorator at Gray’s Home Fashion Gallery in Tyler, Texas. For more information, visit grayshfg.com.

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