These tips from Better Homes and Gardens are meant for a small apartment space that doesn’t have much room for altering or growing. Even so, they’re excellent for any size space – whether a single room, an apartment or carried through an entire home.
Top 5 Mind Blowing Ideas of Their List of 19 (which you can fully explore here):
Cover the look of messy books and random storage with a floor length curtain that matches your window treatments. Another plus is that if you hang the curtains from the ceiling rather than the bookshelf, your room will appear higher.
Make Your Own Desk
Let’s just say you have one of those huge old wooden desks. Maybe the drawers are handy, but it takes up too much space. You can top equal-height filing cabinets or short bookshelves with a piece of melamine to get a less bulky desk.
Storage Baskets Make Life Easier
Adding matching baskets or cloth containers to any shelf takes away a cluttered look and replaces it with a clean, tidy look.
Do you have an ugly, bare wall that you don’t know what to do with? Give it definition by covering a large (yes, large) piece of corkboard with a neutral fabric – or hey, not neutral – and using it to hang art or reminders.
Ugly Light Fixture Remedy
This one is so great – a cheap, super easy way to hide an ugly ceiling light. Take a large scarf and tack (or nail) its corners to the ceiling around the current light fixture, giving the scarf room to hang a few inches below the fixture so that it won’t get too hot. The ugly light fixture is covered, and you have instead a piece of art that lets soft, colored light through.
Thanks for the ideas, BHG! Take a look at 14 more pictures for space saving and room-prettying tricks.
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