Top Ten Temporary Budget Friendly Design Tips & A $50 American Express #Giveaway #YourPicks

Posted on Jul 5 2012 - 3:19pm by Heather Brummett

Small Investment, Big Impact:
Top Ten Design Tips for the Commitment-Phobe from Kim Myles


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Kim Myles, season two winner of HGTV’s “Design Star,” host of her own show “Myles of Style” and designer and décor expert, has created a list of her top ten décor and design tips that are budget-friendly, easy to implement and, for renters, landlord-approved. 


1.        Use fabric and wallpaper in unexpected ways by framing and hanging pieces to add pops of color and interest to bare walls.
2.        Add a big rug to inject color and pattern into a space. Don’t be afraid to put carpet on top of carpet.
3.        Divide a room and add color using a folding screen that can also provide extra storage space behind it.
4.        Transition your dining area for a dinner party using items on hand. Empty wine bottles and tapered candles can become a DIY candelabra, and flowers or leaves from the outdoors can become instant centerpieces.
5.        Choose foundation items like couches in neutral colorsso that you can update your décor easily over time with patterned pillows, colored accent chairs and unique wall art.
6.        No headboard? No problem. Create your own using a stenciled canvas or a reclaimed item like an old mantle.
7.        Hang shelves from a single bar installed near the ceilingto minimize wall damage and take advantage of vertical storage space.
8.        Mirrors should be in everyone’s décor tool kit. Cluster groups of smaller mirrors together on a wall to add glamour without the investment of a big piece.
9.        Make furniture work to live in your space.Choose items that provide extra hidden storage and uses, like storage ottomans that double as coffee tables, sleeper sofas and bookcases with bins.
10.        Create a floating wall by hanging a floor-to-ceiling curtain from a rod hung from the ceiling, and just one foot out from a bare wall. Fill in the space with shelves or large items such as bikes.


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149 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. D Schmidt July 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    My best tip for temporary decorating with children is removable stickarounds.

  2. debbie jackson July 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    keep it simple so you can change frequently, use basic colors and have things that you don’t change
    debbie jackson,
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  3. Amanda Alvarado July 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    I voted for the Coastal Escape room

  4. Amanda Alvarado July 5, 2012 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    I like using throw pillows and large blankets thrown over couches

  5. Cindy July 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Add a big rug to inject color and pattern into a space.

  6. Tiffany July 5, 2012 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Add a big rug to inject color and pattern into a space.

  7. Jessie C. July 5, 2012 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    Voted for Coastal Escape

  8. Jessie C. July 5, 2012 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    New rug and curtain can do the trick.

  9. Mary Happymommy July 6, 2012 at 6:42 am - Reply

    I voted for Southern Bungalow.

  10. Mary Happymommy July 6, 2012 at 6:43 am - Reply

    Temporary decoration tip: Change the slipcovers on the sofa.

  11. Elena July 6, 2012 at 10:04 am - Reply

    voted for Southern Bungalow

  12. Elena July 6, 2012 at 10:07 am - Reply

    I would add new paintings and new curtains

  13. Amanda Sakovitz July 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    voted for Industrial Loft

  14. Amanda Sakovitz July 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    for bigger looking spaces paint the walls white or beige

    • Amanda Sakovitz July 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      one of their ideas that I love is the Cluster groups of smaller mirrors together

  15. Ellen b July 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    southern bungalow

  16. Ellen B July 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    I like to use different blankets

  17. Rebecca Shockley July 6, 2012 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    I voted for the Rustic room

  18. Rebecca Shockley July 6, 2012 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    My tip is to decorate with swag’s and valances

  19. Mari July 6, 2012 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    I voted for the rustic retreat.

  20. Dee July 6, 2012 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    I voted for Coastal Escape :)

  21. Dee July 6, 2012 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    My temporary decorating tip is to change things up with removable decals :)

  22. Mary Happymommy July 7, 2012 at 6:30 am - Reply

    I voted for Southern Bungalow

  23. Amanda Alvarado July 7, 2012 at 6:58 am - Reply

    Voted for Coastal Escape

  24. Sue King July 7, 2012 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Rustic Retreat has my vote.

  25. Sue King July 7, 2012 at 7:51 am - Reply

    My favorite temporary decoration tip is to use paint because it is cheap and you can easily paint it over when you want to change.

  26. Elena July 7, 2012 at 10:09 am - Reply

    I voted for Southern Bungalow

  27. Sonya Morris July 7, 2012 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I move furniture around ALL the time for a new look.

  28. Amanda Sakovitz July 7, 2012 at 11:35 am - Reply

    voted for urban loft

  29. Jennifer Marie July 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    I voted for Coastal Escape

  30. Tina M July 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    I voted for the Coastal Escape room

  31. Vanessa Coker July 7, 2012 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    I voted for Industrial Loft dining room.

  32. Vanessa Coker July 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    My favorite temporary decoration tip is to move furniture around often and hit up thrift stores for great, unique decoration pieces.

  33. Elena July 8, 2012 at 10:20 am - Reply

    I voted for Southern Bungalow 7/8

  34. Amanda Alvarado July 8, 2012 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Voted for Coastal Escape.

  35. Vanessa Coker July 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    7/8 Voted for Southern Bungalow – Dining Room

  36. Ashley Hatten July 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I voted for Coastal Escape

  37. Ashley Hatten July 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    temp decorating tip-change the curtains!!

  38. Ellen B July 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    southern bungalow 7-8

  39. Dee July 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    I voted for Coastal Escape today :)

  40. Jessie C. July 9, 2012 at 12:01 am - Reply

    voted for Coastal Escape today

  41. Mary Happymommy July 9, 2012 at 5:58 am - Reply

    I voted for Southern Bungalow 7/9

  42. Elena July 9, 2012 at 10:03 am - Reply

    voted for Southern Bungalow 7/9

  43. Vanessa Coker July 9, 2012 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    I voted for Urban Loft dining room.

  44. Ellen B July 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    southern bungalow 7-9

  45. steph July 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    i voted for southern bungalow

  46. steph July 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    using vinyl wall decals!

  47. Mari July 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    7-9 voted Rustic Retreat

  48. Wendy T July 9, 2012 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Industrial loft.

  49. Laura Jacobson July 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    I voted for Coastal Escape!

  50. Laura Jacobson July 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    At Christmas time, we put Christmas wrapping paper and bows over our pictures hanging on the wall. Makes cute decor for the holidays.

  51. courtney b July 10, 2012 at 7:00 am - Reply

    simple can be better.. i like to use ledges with picture frames

  52. Amanda Alvarado July 10, 2012 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Voted for Coastal Ecape

    • Amanda Alvarado July 10, 2012 at 7:40 am - Reply

      *Escape

  53. Jessie C. July 10, 2012 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Coastal Escape has my vote

  54. Laura Jacobson July 10, 2012 at 9:13 am - Reply

    I voted for Coastal Escape! 7/10

  55. Wendy T July 10, 2012 at 9:22 am - Reply

    I don’t know that I know too much about temporary decorations….so I’d have to say candles or pillows.

  56. Elena July 10, 2012 at 11:26 am - Reply

    voted for Southern Bungalow 7/10

  57. Tabathia B July 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    southern bungalow

  58. Ellen B July 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    southern bungalow 7-10

  59. Mari July 10, 2012 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    voted Rustic Retreat 7-10

  60. Mary Happymommy July 11, 2012 at 5:46 am - Reply

    7/11 Southern Bungalow vote

  61. lydia b July 11, 2012 at 7:54 am - Reply

    the use of fabric in different ways.

  62. Amanda Alvarado July 11, 2012 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Voted for Coastal Escape 7/11

  63. Jessie C. July 11, 2012 at 9:20 am - Reply

    7/11 Voted for Coastal Escape

  64. Wendy T July 11, 2012 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Industrial loft

  65. Charity S July 11, 2012 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Southern Bungalow

  66. Charity S July 11, 2012 at 9:53 am - Reply

    I like to use different lamp shades.

  67. Ellen B July 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    southern bungalow 7-11

  68. Laura Jacobson July 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    I voted for Coastal Escape! 7/11 vote

  69. Stefanie Gladden July 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    voted for the southern bungalow!!

  70. Stefanie Gladden July 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    to always reuse products.

  71. Tabathia B July 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    7/11 voted for rustic retreat

  72. Jessie C. July 11, 2012 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    voted for Coastal Escape! 7/12

  73. Kristen July 12, 2012 at 4:33 am - Reply

    I voted for the Southern room. It is COMPLETELY my style!! what a great job they all did decorating! Wish I was able to design like that!

    • Kristen July 12, 2012 at 4:40 am - Reply

      For designing “Tips”, I really enjoyed the article on Designing the Dining Room. Although I don’t have one, I’m going to show my sister the white tble with huge white clock on the wll in back – its soo beautiful!

  74. Amanda Alvarado July 12, 2012 at 8:19 am - Reply

    Voted for Coastal Escape 7/12

  75. Elena July 12, 2012 at 10:54 am - Reply

    voted for Southern Bungalow 7/12

  76. Laura Jacobson July 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    I voted for Coastal Escape! 7/12

  77. Ellen B July 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    southern bungalow 7-12

  78. Vanessa Coker July 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Voted f/ Rustic Hideaway Dining Room

  79. Stefanie G July 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    voted for southern bungalow

  80. Jessie C. July 12, 2012 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    -voted for Coastal Escape

  81. Amanda Alvarado July 13, 2012 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Voted for Coastal Escapes 7/13

  82. Elena July 13, 2012 at 11:52 am - Reply

    voted for Southern Bungalow 7/13

  83. Ellen B July 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    southern bungalow 7-13

  84. Laura Jacobson July 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    I voted for Coastal Escape! 7/13

  85. Laura Royal July 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    temporary decorations that I like is fresh flower arrangements

  86. Stephanie July 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    i voted for the Coastal Escape room

  87. Stefanie G July 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    southern bungalow

  88. Tabathia B July 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    7/14 voted rustic retreat

  89. Stefanie G July 13, 2012 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    southern!

  90. Amanda Sakovitz July 14, 2012 at 10:31 am - Reply

    industrial loft 7.14

  91. Wendy T July 14, 2012 at 10:41 am - Reply

    Industrial loft :)

  92. Elena July 14, 2012 at 11:42 am - Reply

    voted for Southern Bungalow 7/14

  93. Stephanie July 14, 2012 at 11:47 am - Reply

    i voted for the Coastal Escape room
    .

  94. Laura Jacobson July 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    I voted for Coastal Escape! 7/14

  95. Ellen B July 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    southeren bungalow 7-14

  96. Stefanie G July 14, 2012 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    southern bungalow 7/15

  97. Jessie C. July 15, 2012 at 12:07 am - Reply

    voted 7/15

  98. Laura Royal July 15, 2012 at 5:51 am - Reply

    Coastal Escape

  99. Amanda Sakovitz July 15, 2012 at 8:29 am - Reply

    industrial loft

  100. Ellen B July 15, 2012 at 8:32 am - Reply

    southern bungalow 7-15

  101. Kristen July 15, 2012 at 9:35 am - Reply

    I just love the Southern Bungalow! It’s classic and clean! Good luck everyone!

  102. Amanda Alvarado July 15, 2012 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Voted for Coastal Escape 7/15

  103. Elena July 15, 2012 at 11:37 am - Reply

    voted for Southern Bungalow 7/15

  104. Wendy T July 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Ind. loft

  105. Laura Jacobson July 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    7/15 I voted for Coastal Escape!

  106. Vanessa Coker July 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Urban loft dining room

  107. Tabathia B July 15, 2012 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    7/15 southern bungalow

  108. Jessie C. July 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    voted voted for Coastal Escape 7/16

  109. Cynthia R July 16, 2012 at 8:58 am - Reply

    getting flowers

  110. Wendy T July 16, 2012 at 9:07 am - Reply

    . Industrial loft

  111. Elena July 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    voted for Southern Bungalow 7/16

  112. Vanessa Coker July 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Voted for Industrial Loft dining room

  113. Laura Jacobson July 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    I voted for Coastal Escape! 7/16

  114. Amanda Sakovitz July 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    industrial loft 7.16

  115. Ellen B July 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    southern bungalow 7-16

  116. Tabathia B July 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    7/16 rustic retreat

  117. Jennifer Marie July 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    art work!!

  118. Stefanie G July 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    southern bungalow!

  119. Jessie C. July 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    Voted for Coastal Escape 7/17

  120. Amanda Alvarado July 17, 2012 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Voted for Coastal Escape 7/17

  121. Elena July 17, 2012 at 11:36 am - Reply

    voted for Southern Bungalow 7/17

  122. Wendy T July 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Industrial loft vote

  123. Stefanie G July 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    7/17 southern bungalow

  124. Laura Jacobson July 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    7/17 I voted for Coastal Escape!

  125. Ellen B July 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    southern bungalow 7-17

  126. Vanessa Coker July 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    7/17 Voted for Industrial Loft dining room.

  127. Amanda Sakovitz July 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    industrial loft 7.17

  128. Stefanie G July 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    southern bungalow! 7/18

  129. Jessie C. July 17, 2012 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    voted for Coastal Escape 7/18

  130. Vanessa Coker July 18, 2012 at 7:41 am - Reply

    7/18 Voted for Industrial Loft dining room.

  131. Amanda Alvarado July 18, 2012 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Voted for Coastal Escape 7/18

  132. Laura Jacobson July 18, 2012 at 11:15 am - Reply

    7/18 I voted for the Industrial Loft! Love seeing the new rooms today!

  133. Elena July 18, 2012 at 11:48 am - Reply

    voted for Southern Bungalow 7/18

  134. Ellen B July 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    southern bungalow 7-18

  135. Wendy T July 18, 2012 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Industrial.loft

  136. Tabathia B July 18, 2012 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    7/18 voted industrial loft

  137. Stacey B July 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    I’m not great at decoration and etc but balloons are always a colorful, easy, fun addition

  138. Jessie C. July 18, 2012 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Voted today 7/19

  139. Amanda Alvarado July 19, 2012 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Voted for Coastal Escape 7/19

  140. Elena July 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    voted for Southern Bungalow 7/19

  141. Laura Jacobson July 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    7/19 I voted for the Industrial Loft! Love it!

  142. Vanessa Coker July 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    VOTE : Southern Bungalow – home office

  143. Amanda Sakovitz July 19, 2012 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    industrial loft 7.19

  144. Stefanie G July 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    southern bungalow! 7/19

  145. Ellen B July 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    7-19 southern bungalow

  146. Mari July 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I suggest using putty instead of nails to hang up decor.

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