Have you been wanting to learn how to make an ugly room pretty? You’re going to learn 5 proven tips that will help solve decorating problems you’re facing in that problem room. You’re going to love how quick and painless this process is.
How to Make an Ugly Room Pretty Tip #1
Pick the right wall color
First of all, dingy wall color increases the ugly factor. The counterpart to that statement is the correct color can make an ugly room pretty! Ugly wall color is a SUPER easy fix but let’s discuss what constitutes dingy. Dingy is when the paint color doesn’t enhance the room; the color feels muddy, neither warm nor crisp and when you see it all the first thought is ‘blah’.
Here’s an excellent example of a room that looks fresh, crisp and not at all dingy. I opted for this photo because frequently every room we see shows painted trim. Not everyone has painted trim, and it’s great to see well-executed modern paint color with traditional stained woodwork!
Finally, when a room appears ugly, it may not be the paint color that is blah. It might be other factors in the room hindering how the color looks.
How to Make an Ugly Room Pretty Tip #2
Buy Updated Accessories
In addition to great paint, buy updated room accessories. A great look 10, 15, 20 years ago is not so beautiful today. Change can be difficult. Seriously it’s a struggle. Why do you think some people still sport mullets…it’s not because it’s an excellent haircut! “Business in the front, party in the back” is comfortable and the struggle is real.
Relevant accessories simply enhance the appearance of a room. Great places to shop for accessories are Target, Home Goods, Marshalls or Hobby Lobby. Look on Pinterest to get the ideas rolling. Save magazine or catalog pictures and study them. What you’ll begin to see are design patterns directing you to what you like.
How to Make an Ugly Room Pretty Tip #3
Add Updated Lighting
Great lighting is especially relevant to a pretty room. We need overhead lights, dimmers, lamps and even sconces. Yes, we need multiple light sources in a single room. Overhead lighting works well and is certainly needed but here’s a little secret: nobody looks good in overhead light because of the shadows created.
Lamps can be found inexpensively at places like Target. Find a couple of lovely lamps, put them on end tables and you’ll be amazing at how much better a room will appear.
If chandeliers and pendants are that ugly bright brass, replace them. Here’s an example how a bad brass light fixture was turned into a great light fixture, thanks to a little can of spray paint.
The room will dance in de-light (get the pun!!) by showing a little lighting love.
How to Make an Ugly Room Pretty Tip #4
Hang simple window treatments
I’m a sucker for great window treatments. Window treatments cozy up a home, add personality, add texture and help absorb sound. But let me say this: it’s far better to forgo any window treatment than to go with an ugly one. No joke: a naked window is WAY better than some sexy sheer swag circa 1980. Or the window treatments that just hit below the window casing but don’t hang to the floor…get rid of them. Those are the looks that date a room very quickly.
If you like a swag, think modern. A far better “swag” look is something more like this. This look says new, fresh, and relevant.
How to Make an Ugly Room Pretty Tip #5
Get Rid of Clutter
Ok, I’m far from perfect on the clutter front but am trying like mad to conquer it. Clutter sucks. It sucks the life and energy out of a room. I think it’s often the primary symptom of an ugly room.
One of the easiest methods, when staging a house for sale is to declutter it. It’s the cheapest improvement and instantly beautifies a room. If you’re not selling your home, stage it for your own enjoyment. Really. I’m not kidding.
Just removing items and editing it all down, will allow the home and homeowner to relax and breathe. Nothing is more restless and creates a case of the uglies like a cluttered up room. If we look at the kitchen photo, imagine how different would look if books and paper were strewn across the bar and if small appliances filled the back countertops. The image would look very different.
So there you have it: 5 tried and true ways on how to make an ugly room pretty. None of the steps are a long drawn out process, or super time consuming. Everyone deserves to come home after a long day of work to a pretty home that is relaxing and allows us to unwind.
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