Whether it's a complete overhaul or a quickchange, spice up the family's favorite room with these pro tips.
Family-Friendly Yep, white furniture can work in a house withkids.
Just select durable fabrics (a leather couch)and surfaces (the plastic rocker, the lacquer table) that wipe clean easily.
Statement Rug The key to subtle color lays at your feet.
a patterned carpet plays up the neutral furniturein a brand-new Jersey home, while a similarly-hued pillow adds another punch to the armchair.
swift Fixes Makeover a room by rethinking the pieces youalready have.
Use up leftover wall colourant on the frameof an old seat or refresh curtains and pillows by sewing fancy trim along the edge.
Subtle Pattern dodge future boredom with quiet colors usingtexture and pattern.
In a dreamy beach house, muted prints in thesame palette keep a neutral room from looking bland.
The quickest path to let light in starts atthe source.
Replace heavy fabric curtains with gauzy ones,making sure the panels go all the path to the floor.
To accentuate a tall ceiling, mount the drapesabout a foot above windows and doors.
Second Surface Change up tired decor with this quick DIY.
Add old wood planks to a coffee table as abonus shelf.
And skip painting — the weathered completehas more character.
Simple Access an open floor plan like in this Connecticut cottage creates one big space for enjoyable.
Two columns (garage-sale finds from yearsago) stand at the corners of the kitchen, anchoring the room.
Dark Accent Look to the opposite end of the color spectrumto tie everything together.
a moody blue grounds a windowed living roomby Sarah Richardson without overwhelming it.
Sneaky Furniture Steal a space-faking unknown from this littleBrooklyn apartment.
select a few full-size furniture pieces insteadof cramming in lots of smaller ones.
The living room will feel larger, and you'llhave a sofa you actually like to sit on.
Bonus Materials Don't forget to punctuate color with naturaltexture.
Sarah Richardson used wicker baskets, a wood-framemirror and an antique pine dresser to warm up this rustic cabin.
Blank Space begin with an all-white canvas and swap inseasonal accents all year-round.
This summery living room uses cool blues,jute accessories and nautical accents for a beachy vibe.
Light and Airy Measuring just 250 square feet, a little guesthousecopies a staple of Scandinavian style.
shinny white shiplap creates the illusionof added space.
Cohesive Palette HGTV host Emily Henderson uses a "conquerorcolor" throughout every room to pull it all together.
In her Los Angeles home, blue with gray andolive accents creates a casual, layered look.
Natural Textures This Connecticut farmhouse nails country style.
Underused neutrals rust and charcoal echothroughout with woodsy components like oak, cedar, stone and leather.
international Home a dallas home feels bohemian and well-traveledthanks to wood floors and gray walls.
The neutral base helps a bold kilim-coveredsofa and mix-and-match throw pillows shine.
Inviting Corner This breezy Florida living room (with happy-huedpillows) is as beautiful as it is pragmatic.
The sofa is upholstered in water-resistantfabric to create a put-your-feet-up attitude.
Bold and shinny Inject personality into your living spacewith energetic hues and quirky secondhand finds, like this colourful apartment's coralsofa and gilded accent pieces.
Eclectic Mix This Toronto home achieves balanced decorwithout being too matchy-matchy.
The furniture and accent pieces are non-identical,but the symmetrical design grounds the look.
Rustic Appeal The antique wooden beams are a welcome contrastto the modern furniture in an airy farmhouse.
Cozy Cottage Exposed brick and a thrifted coffee tablework together to create a country vibe in this rustic room.
Consider your living space as a place foryour collections, too, like this homeowner's vintage fans.
Gorgeous Gallery gain the drama of a major art piece inexpensivelyby displaying a compact grid of little frames.
Elegant Bungalow Our home design director Sarah Richardsonelevated this cozy gray-and-cream bungalow with surprising touches of orange.
Understated Glama neutral palette doesn't always mean playing it safe.
Layer textures and mix in flea marketplacefinds to keep things intriguing like this and dodge a flat impression.
Black and White This ultra-modern room uses color sparinglyfor a sleek look.
Classic glamour Position your couch under an oversized windowto allow the sunlight and outdoor scene be the focal point of an otherwise neutral room.