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

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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Comments

  1. D Schmidt says:

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

  2. debbie jackson says:

    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 says:

    I voted for the Coastal Escape room

  4. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I like using throw pillows and large blankets thrown over couches

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

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

  7. Jessie C. says:

    Voted for Coastal Escape

  8. Jessie C. says:

    New rug and curtain can do the trick.

  9. Mary Happymommy says:

    I voted for Southern Bungalow.

  10. Mary Happymommy says:

    Temporary decoration tip: Change the slipcovers on the sofa.

  11. voted for Southern Bungalow

  12. I would add new paintings and new curtains

  13. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    voted for Industrial Loft

  14. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    for bigger looking spaces paint the walls white or beige

  15. southern bungalow

  16. I like to use different blankets

  17. Rebecca Shockley says:

    I voted for the Rustic room

  18. Rebecca Shockley says:

    My tip is to decorate with swag’s and valances

  19. I voted for the rustic retreat.

  20. I voted for Coastal Escape :)

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

  22. Mary Happymommy says:

    I voted for Southern Bungalow

  23. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Voted for Coastal Escape

  24. Sue King says:

    Rustic Retreat has my vote.

  25. Sue King says:

    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. I voted for Southern Bungalow

  27. Sonya Morris says:

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

  28. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    voted for urban loft

  29. Jennifer Marie says:

    I voted for Coastal Escape

  30. I voted for the Coastal Escape room

  31. Vanessa Coker says:

    I voted for Industrial Loft dining room.

  32. Vanessa Coker says:

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

  33. I voted for Southern Bungalow 7/8

  34. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Voted for Coastal Escape.

  35. Vanessa Coker says:

    7/8 Voted for Southern Bungalow – Dining Room

  36. Ashley Hatten says:

    I voted for Coastal Escape

  37. Ashley Hatten says:

    temp decorating tip-change the curtains!!

  38. southern bungalow 7-8

  39. I voted for Coastal Escape today :)

  40. Jessie C. says:

    voted for Coastal Escape today

  41. Mary Happymommy says:

    I voted for Southern Bungalow 7/9

  42. voted for Southern Bungalow 7/9

  43. Vanessa Coker says:

    I voted for Urban Loft dining room.

  44. southern bungalow 7-9

  45. i voted for southern bungalow

  46. using vinyl wall decals!

  47. 7-9 voted Rustic Retreat

  48. Industrial loft.

  49. Laura Jacobson says:

    I voted for Coastal Escape!

  50. Laura Jacobson says:

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

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

  52. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Voted for Coastal Ecape

  53. Jessie C. says:

    Coastal Escape has my vote

  54. Laura Jacobson says:

    I voted for Coastal Escape! 7/10

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

  56. voted for Southern Bungalow 7/10

  57. Tabathia B says:

    southern bungalow

  58. southern bungalow 7-10

  59. voted Rustic Retreat 7-10

  60. Mary Happymommy says:

    7/11 Southern Bungalow vote

  61. the use of fabric in different ways.

  62. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Voted for Coastal Escape 7/11

  63. Jessie C. says:

    7/11 Voted for Coastal Escape

  64. Industrial loft

  65. Charity S says:

    Southern Bungalow

  66. Charity S says:

    I like to use different lamp shades.

  67. southern bungalow 7-11

  68. Laura Jacobson says:

    I voted for Coastal Escape! 7/11 vote

  69. voted for the southern bungalow!!

  70. to always reuse products.

  71. Tabathia B says:

    7/11 voted for rustic retreat

  72. Jessie C. says:

    voted for Coastal Escape! 7/12

  73. 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!

    • 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 says:

    Voted for Coastal Escape 7/12

  75. voted for Southern Bungalow 7/12

  76. Laura Jacobson says:

    I voted for Coastal Escape! 7/12

  77. southern bungalow 7-12

  78. Vanessa Coker says:

    Voted f/ Rustic Hideaway Dining Room

  79. voted for southern bungalow

  80. Jessie C. says:

    -voted for Coastal Escape

  81. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Voted for Coastal Escapes 7/13

  82. voted for Southern Bungalow 7/13

  83. southern bungalow 7-13

  84. Laura Jacobson says:

    I voted for Coastal Escape! 7/13

  85. Laura Royal says:

    temporary decorations that I like is fresh flower arrangements

  86. Stephanie says:

    i voted for the Coastal Escape room

  87. southern bungalow

  88. Tabathia B says:

    7/14 voted rustic retreat

  89. southern!

  90. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    industrial loft 7.14

  91. Industrial loft :)

  92. voted for Southern Bungalow 7/14

  93. Stephanie says:

    i voted for the Coastal Escape room
    .

  94. Laura Jacobson says:

    I voted for Coastal Escape! 7/14

  95. southeren bungalow 7-14

  96. Stefanie G says:

    southern bungalow 7/15

  97. Jessie C. says:

    voted 7/15

  98. Laura Royal says:

    Coastal Escape

  99. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    industrial loft

  100. southern bungalow 7-15

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

  102. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Voted for Coastal Escape 7/15

  103. voted for Southern Bungalow 7/15

  104. Ind. loft

  105. Laura Jacobson says:

    7/15 I voted for Coastal Escape!

  106. Vanessa Coker says:

    Urban loft dining room

  107. Tabathia B says:

    7/15 southern bungalow

  108. Jessie C. says:

    voted voted for Coastal Escape 7/16

  109. Cynthia R says:

    getting flowers

  110. . Industrial loft

  111. voted for Southern Bungalow 7/16

  112. Vanessa Coker says:

    Voted for Industrial Loft dining room

  113. Laura Jacobson says:

    I voted for Coastal Escape! 7/16

  114. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    industrial loft 7.16

  115. southern bungalow 7-16

  116. Tabathia B says:

    7/16 rustic retreat

  117. Jennifer Marie says:

    art work!!

  118. Stefanie G says:

    southern bungalow!

  119. Jessie C. says:

    Voted for Coastal Escape 7/17

  120. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Voted for Coastal Escape 7/17

  121. voted for Southern Bungalow 7/17

  122. Industrial loft vote

  123. Stefanie G says:

    7/17 southern bungalow

  124. Laura Jacobson says:

    7/17 I voted for Coastal Escape!

  125. southern bungalow 7-17

  126. Vanessa Coker says:

    7/17 Voted for Industrial Loft dining room.

  127. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    industrial loft 7.17

  128. Stefanie G says:

    southern bungalow! 7/18

  129. Jessie C. says:

    voted for Coastal Escape 7/18

  130. Vanessa Coker says:

    7/18 Voted for Industrial Loft dining room.

  131. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Voted for Coastal Escape 7/18

  132. Laura Jacobson says:

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

  133. voted for Southern Bungalow 7/18

  134. southern bungalow 7-18

  135. Industrial.loft

  136. Tabathia B says:

    7/18 voted industrial loft

  137. Stacey B says:

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

  138. Jessie C. says:

    Voted today 7/19

  139. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Voted for Coastal Escape 7/19

  140. voted for Southern Bungalow 7/19

  141. Laura Jacobson says:

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

  142. Vanessa Coker says:

    VOTE : Southern Bungalow – home office

  143. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    industrial loft 7.19

  144. southern bungalow! 7/19

  145. 7-19 southern bungalow

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

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