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

Is your place in need of a style update?
 Apartment Guide has partnered with TV host and design expert Kim Myles for the second annual 
Apartment Guide “Your Picks. Your Place.” Sweepstakes. Enter daily for a chance to win $10,000 to spend decorating your own space.

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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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Vanessa Coker says

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

  4. 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.

  5. Kristen says

    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 says

      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!

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