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Easy Budget-Stretching Updates

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Transform any room with these easy, budget-friendly ideas. Decorative accents, paint, and small furnishings combine for a quick weekend redo.

Dining room, family room, and bedroom decor.

Dining Room

Freshly painted dining room with updates.

Appetizing Updates

Create unity in the dining room by updating accessories to enhance the palette and style of your dining set. Enliven the room with paint -- we chose Valspar Arizona Dust (#2003-8A). Create the illusion of space and reflect light into the room by stacking mirrors (#33107) with painted frames (Valspar Coconut Milk, #2007-10C). Use two paint colors (Valspar Coconut Milk, #2007-10C, and Lincoln Cottage Black, #4009-2) and new hardware (#361770) to turn a dated buffet into a sleek server. Then complement the buffet with a lighting update (#416383, model #93285BRZG).

Living Room

Family room with mint-green paint.

Design on Display

Neutral furnishings with pops of color, pattern, and art transform a space. A pale mint green (Valspar Starry Woods, #5005-5C) pairs with neutral furnishings. For a coordinating yet quirky wall of art, group two sets of inexpensive frames (#543580, #6653487S, atgstores.com). Oversize copper post caps (#74378) make a fun accent in the mix. The entire arrangement costs about $95.

Leaning display rack.

Go Vertical

Create a display that offers storage and good looks. Made from three oak boards and hooks, this display rack shows off photos or art.

Painted lampshade with a chevron pattern.

Infuse pattern

Add color and light with an easy painted lampshade (#526943) and clear base (#391373). We used tape and Valspar paint samples to transform this neutral lamp with a stylish chevron design. Choose accent colors from around the room, or use the shade to connect color schemes in adjacent rooms.

Sculpture made from copper tubing.

Take Shape

Make modern sculpture with a few twists of metal. This free-form art is made from copper tubing (#43501) and can be adjusted in size and shape to fit any space.


Bedroom with blue walls.

Blissful Blue Bedroom

Make dramatic changes in a bedroom with a new color palette that starts with Valspar High Noon (#5001-5B). Add light from a shapely and serene bedside lamp (#484917), and mix in patterns using accent pillows (#11517249S, #1544050G, atgstores.com). Place runners (#480440) on each side of the bed for a budget-friendly alternative to room-size rugs.

Headboard panels behind pillows.

Dream Weaver

Use shims, plywood, and spray paint (Oatlands Daisy) to create a custom headboard with a basket-weave pattern -- no drills or saws required. Make a pair of panels for a twin or multiples for full-, queen-, and king-size beds.

Wooden window cornice holding a curtain rod.

Tops in Window Decorating

Conceal a curtain rod inside this decorative wooden cornice for window treatments with a formal touch.