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

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

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Dabney Frake
Jun 15, 2018

Changing things up at home can become a huge project. How often have you lost steam before you actually finished? (I'm raising my hand right now, even if you can't see me.) Instead of petering out, set yourself a limit of one hour, and make one BIG statement, in a very small period of time. First, gather inspiration images, and pull together everything you might need. Then, choose your favorite podcast or playlist, set a timer for 6o minutes and then go, go, go! You'll get some major wow, and be done before you know it.

Paint a Feature

Megan Pflug's Moroccan-inspired paint job calls to mind grand stone-carved architectural archways, but it was actually just a quick paint job. Tape off a design, and paint in a contrasting color for a pretty instant and pretty amazing effect.

(Image credit: Winkie Visser)

This statement wall in Aysu Sener's Dutch home is both very affordable and very easy. She used a string, nail and pencil method to first draw the design on the wall. Depending on the size of your circle, you could get away with purchasing a small quart of paint, or even use leftover paint from another project.

(Image credit: Design Sponge)

Hang Multiples of One Item

Everyday items gain more power when they are grouped together on one wall. It's all about the presentation. These folding chairs, seen on Design Sponge, provide extra seating for a party, but they also inject a huge sculptural element and color in the room.

(Image credit: Natalie Jeffcott)

Here, a row of brightly painted skateboard decks, in Kerstin and Andy's Australian home, is both art and smart storage.

(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: IKEA Hackers)

Bright, geometrics rugs, like this one from IKEA, bring instant color and pattern for not a ton of money. Turn one into a piece of art with a quilt hanger.

(Image credit: Chris Stout-Hazard )

Hang 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: Justice Darragh)

Meg and Steve's bedroom has what looks like an oversized medicine cabinet on the wall, which doubles as a full length mirror. I'm imagining a hinged door and lots of storage in there. It also feels like a large piece of modern art.

(Image credit: Jacquelyn Clark)

Create An Accent 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.

(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)

Using something like tape might even go faster. Create a super simple design, like these plus signs in Hannah's Oakland studio, and enjoy your handiwork, and the rest of your weekend.

Re-edited from a post originally published 6.17.15

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