The WoW Factor by White Webb: Change

Are you tired of your rooms as they are? Then CHANGE them. Here are a few tips on creating some transformations of your own.

Just say NO. It’s true, great design is refusal, so don’t feel obliged to display Aunt Mildred’s thoughtful (but less-than-beautiful) Holiday gift. It’s your house, YOU choose what goes into it. Get rid of the ugly and everywhere you look, you’ll see beauty.

Now that’s a room of a different color! Paint is the easiest, least expensive and most dramatic way to change a room. But before you buy several gallons and spread out the drop-cloths, purchase a quart (or three) of your desired color(s), paint good-sized patches on the walls and look at them in morning, afternoon and evening light. When it comes to color, don’t be shy. As Auntie Mame said, “Life’s a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!”

The ultimate cover-up. Seasonal slipcovers are a fantastic way to transform a room. They not only give visual variety, but actually make upholstery last longer. So cover it up now, and six months later you’ll reveal a whole new look when you strip them away.

A little elbow grease. There is nothing like clean, sparkling windows. They make a once drab room come alive. So get out the window cleaner and see the world anew.

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