Room Design Ideas: 7 Easy Ways To Decorate Like a Design Pro

Room Design Ideas: 7 easy ways to decorate like a design pro | I have used these easy and inexpensive home decorating ideas many times to create rooms that look like a designer decorated them. They are perfect if you are on a budget but still want elegant interior design.
Room Design Ideas – 7 easy ways to decorate like a design pro

When a designer comes up with room design ideas, they are usually trying to create a one-of-a-kind space that (hopefully) suits the personality of the owner. To decorate like a design pro, those two ideas (“one of a kind’ and “suits your personality”) are the key!  And who would know your personality better than you?

By now, I have made over all of the rooms in my builder grade house (it came with ZERO personality)…and I have to admit I’ve done some of them more than once. (If you missed them, you can find all of the room makeovers HERE).

Along the way, I have found there are some room design ideas which make it easy to create that one-of-a-kind, unique-to-you feeling…and I do them in almost every room!

Click Next to find out what they are.

Add Something Unexpected

An upholstered back drop is unexpected in the dining room | Room Design Ideas: 7 easy ways to decorate like a design pro | I have used these easy and inexpensive home decorating ideas many times to create rooms that look like a designer decorated them. They are perfect if you are on a budget but still want elegant interior design.
An upholstered back drop is unexpected in the dining room

One way to make sure your room has that one-of-a-kind designer feel is to do something unexpected. The unexpected is what creates the “WOW” Factor.  It’s all about the element of surprise.

The backdrop makes seasonal decor stand out | Room Design Ideas: 7 easy ways to decorate like a design pro | I have used these easy and inexpensive home decorating ideas many times to create rooms that look like a designer decorated them. They are perfect if you are on a budget but still want elegant interior design.
The backdrop makes seasonal decor stand out

The thing that I get asked about the most in my house is this backdrop.  It’s basically a large-sized upholstered headboard that I use behind the buffet, but every time someone new comes to my house, they always comment on it. It’s also a great place to update the room with holiday decorations, like this wreath.

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Create a Collection

Collections add a personal touch to any room | Room Design Ideas: 7 easy ways to decorate like a design pro | I have used these easy and inexpensive home decorating ideas many times to create rooms that look like a designer decorated them. They are perfect if you are on a budget but still want elegant interior design.
Collections add a personal touch to any room

Having a collection of something (and it could be pretty much anything as long as you love it) adds your personality to the room.  It also gives you some focus if you are looking for accessories for your room. If you find something that fits in your collection, you know you have a spot for it!

I use sea-related objects like dolphins, coral and sea glass in my living room.

The apple collection | Room Design Ideas: 7 easy ways to decorate like a design pro | I have used these easy and inexpensive home decorating ideas many times to create rooms that look like a designer decorated them. They are perfect if you are on a budget but still want elegant interior design.
The apple collection

My mother used apples on the nightstand in her bedroom (you can see the rest of the bedroom makeover HERE),

Designer Hint: To make a bigger impact, display your collection in groups. It will look more like one cohesive unit.

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Hang Some Art

Art doesn't have to be expensive to add pizzazz to a room | Room Design Ideas: 7 easy ways to decorate like a design pro | I have used these easy and inexpensive home decorating ideas many times to create rooms that look like a designer decorated them. They are perfect if you are on a budget but still want elegant interior design.
Art doesn’t have to be expensive to add pizzazz to a room

I have nothing against family photographs (they are a great way to make your house feel like home)…but art is what will add that designer touch.  It doesn’t have to be expensive. You just have to love it!

This is my favorite wall in my house. Almost everything hung here (except for the blue picture with the fins in the water) is a really inexpensive poster or pictures that I took myself. But it still creates a statement when you walk in the room.

Purple Bedroom Makeover Painting | Room Design Ideas: 7 easy ways to decorate like a design pro | I have used these easy and inexpensive home decorating ideas many times to create rooms that look like a designer decorated them. They are perfect if you are on a budget but still want elegant interior design.
Purple Bedroom Makeover Painting

Of course, you can always use real paintings if you prefer.

Or if you want to get creative, you can always try painting your own abstract art on a canvas (geometric patterns are the easiest).

Designer Hint: Large pieces of art make the biggest statement. If you have smaller pictures, group them together.  The collection will have the same impact as one bigger piece.

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Style Bookshelves

The bonus room shelves with books and accessories | Room Design Ideas: 7 easy ways to decorate like a design pro | I have used these easy and inexpensive home decorating ideas many times to create rooms that look like a designer decorated them. They are perfect if you are on a budget but still want elegant interior design.
The bonus room shelves with books and accessories

Even if you don’t have a lot of books, bookshelves give you lots of room to display items that add personality to the room.

Lay some books flat and stand others up to add interest to book shelves | Room Design Ideas: 7 easy ways to decorate like a design pro | I have used these easy and inexpensive home decorating ideas many times to create rooms that look like a designer decorated them. They are perfect if you are on a budget but still want elegant interior design.
Lay some books flat and stand others up to add interest to book shelves

If you are a lover of books, there is nothing like the library-look bookshelf to make you feel happy.

Designer Hint: To add more interest to a shelf with books, lay some of them down flat and stand some of them up. The change in direction creates a small element of surprise.

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Vary Textures

Mix different textures in a room to keep it from looking too monotonous | Room Design Ideas: 7 easy ways to decorate like a design pro | I have used these easy and inexpensive home decorating ideas many times to create rooms that look like a designer decorated them. They are perfect if you are on a budget but still want elegant interior design.
Mix different textures in a room to keep it from looking too monotonous

Using different textures draws your attention into the room and keeps it from looking monotonous.

If you have a velvet sofa and drapes (like I do), then adding some smoother items, like a glass and leather coffee table and a capiz shell floor lamp creates some much needed contrast in the texture.

Designer Hint: Using texture is especially important if you are going for a monochromatic color scheme.  Otherwise, your room could end up feeling like it is missing something.

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Use Trays (Or Books) To De-Clutter

A tray makes everything on it part of one group | Room Design Ideas: 7 easy ways to decorate like a design pro | I have used these easy and inexpensive home decorating ideas many times to create rooms that look like a designer decorated them. They are perfect if you are on a budget but still want elegant interior design.
A tray makes everything on it part of one group

If you are trying to accessorize your space and it looks like it is too cluttered, try putting a tray under your accessories. It will make all of those individual items look like one cohesive group.

Books and other flat accessories can also act as a unifying platform | Room Design Ideas: 7 easy ways to decorate like a design pro | I have used these easy and inexpensive home decorating ideas many times to create rooms that look like a designer decorated them. They are perfect if you are on a budget but still want elegant interior design.
Books and other flat accessories can also act as a unifying platform

If you don’t have a tray, any kind of larger flat surface (like books) will work as a unifying surface.

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Install Floor To Ceiling Curtains

Installing curtains that go from floor to ceiling gives a room that designer feeling | Room Design Ideas: 7 easy ways to decorate like a design pro | I have used these easy and inexpensive home decorating ideas many times to create rooms that look like a designer decorated them. They are perfect if you are on a budget but still want elegant interior design.
Installing curtains that go from floor to ceiling gives a room that designer feeling

Hanging curtains that start at the ceiling and extend to the floor is another way to add some pizzazz to a room. It seems like this tip appears on every design tips list I read. It’s a really easy way to decorate like a designer.

Besides just looking good, floor to ceiling curtains make the ceiling feel taller (click HERE to find more ideas on making ceilings seem taller).

They can also make a small room look bigger (get some other tips on making a small room feel bigger HERE).

Designer Hint: Curtains that fall an inch or so above the floor are easier to keep clean and don’t get in the way like curtains that puddle on the floor.

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Do you have any other suggestions for easy and inexpensive room design ideas that will make a room look like it was decorated by a design pro? Tell us in the section below.

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