Do you feel powerless when faced with look-alike cords? Find the one you're looking for in a flash by wrapping colored tape just below the end of each cord. Choose distinct colors or patterns for charging, USB, and coaxial cables so you can identify them at a glance.
Paint with Plants
You don’t have to be an art major to put nature’s paintbrush to work in your home. A menagerie of hanging and potted plants stationed on the floor, mantel, or floating shelves can add an instant pop of greenery and infuse dead spaces with life.
Go Mad for Murals
Unleash your inner shutterbug on a do-nothing wall by installing a DIY mural inspired by your own photography. After you select a photo, you need nothing more than a smartphone printer, mini film, and double-sided tape to create a distinctive display of your gallery-worthy work.
Double Down on Desks
Fooled by its streamlined silhouette, you might never guess that this desk leads a double life. By day, the extra tabletop is propped up against the wall to hold notes and reminders. By night, it drops down to form an elegant extended surface for studying or a late-night snack.
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Repurposing seldom-worn scarves into pillowcases is a free way to add an element of luxury to a bedroom. Here, a tri-toned summer scarf in muted hues is wrapped around a throw pillow and then knotted at the center to serve as a chic companion to beds of all sizes.
Put Storage on Wheels
Piece Together Area Rugs
A large area rug doesn’t have to come with a larger-than-life price tag. If you have two smaller rugs (woven styles work well), line them up and weave them together at the seam using a bent paper clip and twine. Best of all, this idea is easily scalable—combine as many coverings as you want to suit the size of your space.
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Make a Grand Entrance
Even a cold and uninviting entryway can be made more hospitable with the addition of space-smart decor. Here, wooden crates stacked in an attractive tiered design add personality to blank walls while serving as a practical drop zone for shoes and accessories.
Lean on Ladders
Dress Your Bed for Less
With the help of upholstery twist pins, you can attach bargain fabric directly to a box spring to create a beautiful but no-fuss skirt to hide underbed storage. This bed skirt's playful pinstripe design is the perfect foil for the neutral quilt.
Hang Picture-Perfect Curtains
Why bother scrolling through your favorite Instagram snaps on your phone when you could enjoy them all the time hanging in your bedroom? First, print out your faves onto transparencies (or just grab some of your best slides). Fit them into transparent sleeves, and use scissors, superglue, and tape to turn the sleeves into curtains with a stained-glass vibe. Hung in front of a window, they'll keep the sun's glare out—and your memories close.
Read Between the Shelves
Even in a shared dorm room, you don’t have to sacrifice precious square footage to gain extra storage. This headboard does double duty as a bookcase for stashing novels, electronics, and decorative accessories. Even when the shelves are jam-packed, the open design gives the illusion of space.
Hidden below the surface of this desk is a deep, dark secret: a DIY drawer formed by fabric hung below the desk with hooks and a curtain rod. The slender structure is sturdy enough to hold paper and office supplies, but subtle enough to go unnoticed.
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Revamp a Rug
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