One Hour Wows: How To Make a Dramatic Room Statement in 60 Minutes

One Hour Wows: How To Make a Dramatic Room Statement in 60 Minutes

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Dabney Frake
May 5, 2017

Changing things up can be a laborious process, and we tend to lose steam before the end result nears. Instead of petering out, set yourself a limit of one hour, and make the biggest statement you can in that time period. It's easier and quicker than you think. First, gather inspiration images, info on "how to" and pull together everything on your materials and tools list. Next, choose your favorite podcast or playlist. Then, set a timer for 6o minutes and go, go, go!

Fake a Feature

Megan Pflug's Moroccan-inspired paint job calls to mind grand stone-carved architectural archways, but is actually just a quick paint job. Tape off a design, and paint in a contrasting color.

(Image credit: Design Sponge)

Hang Multiples of One Item

Everyday items gain more power when they are grouped together on one wall.These folding chairs (seen on Design Sponge) provide extra seating for a party... but they also provide a huge sculptural element and color injection in the room.

(Image credit: G-Rough Hotel)

Hang a Large Tapestry or Rug

You can cover a huge amount of real estate with a single piece of fabric, or rug. This tapestry from the G-Rough Hotel in Rome makes a room feel complete without having to fill the room with a lot of furniture or accessories.

(Image credit: Chris Stout-Hazard )

Lean a Large Mirror

Buy the largest mirror that will fit in your space and lean it up against the wall. Roger and Chris created a major statement behind their living room sofa — the mirror reflects a lot of light and makes the space appear much larger than it is.
(Image credit: Jacquelyn Clark)

Paint a Basic Pattern on One Wall

Adding a basic but graphic pattern to a small accent wall packs a punch without the time commitment. The broad black and white stripes in Jacquelyn Clark's office space feels dramatic and glamorous.

Re-edited from a post originally published 6.17.15

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