Whether your home is your headquarters or just a sanctuary for nights and weekends, TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas is here to share easy and affordable ways to give your decor an instant update.
Swedish retailer IKEA has become a household name, offering basic, modern furniture options at low pricepoints, and now clever minds at MYKEA have developed an equally affordable way to customize the furniture. Simply pop onto ThisIsMykea.com, where you can browse hundreds of furniture decals designed with IKEA pieces in mind. Perfect for adding a punch of personality to a room, the decals are easy to apply and easy to remove; you can even preview how they'll look on your favorite IKEA styles ($30 and up, thisismykea.com).
For a temporary way to revamp a wall, remove-able and reusable wallpaper tiles from DesignYourWall.com are ideal for renters, and for those who like to change their decor as often as they change their clothes. From florals and geometrics to "vintage faces," there's something for everyone ($38.50 per 2 sheet set, designyourwall.com).
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Kitchen and bath areas are infamous for pricey renovations, but fear no more with "tile tattoos" from 2jane.com. These durable, waterproof stickers can create the look of an elegant backsplash or mosaic for just dollars per pack. I also adore their whimsical animal prints for children, which can be removed when guests come over or when the little ones grow up ($12-$24 per pack of 6, 2jane.com).
Also, let's not let doors miss out on the fun. It's hard not to smile at the quirky "door billboards" from Style-Your-Garage.com. Whether you're looking to make the kids giggle with an oversized teddy bear door decal or create the illusion of a fun, swirling stairwell in your home, there are hundreds of options to suit every taste. You can even use the decals to instantly upgrade the outside look of your home, with rustic, faux gate designs for the garage and Downing Street inspired lacquered doors for the foyer ($80-446, style-your-garage.com).
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For those looking to go beyond pretty prints and patterns, look no further than 3D "wall flats" from InhabitLiving.com. These ultra lightweight tiles can help add depth and dimension to a plain wall. They're available in sleek, architectural motifs and more natural, organic styles; plus they're biodegradable, paintable, and one of the easiest ways to transform a room ($86 per 10 tile pack, inhabitliving.com). Umbra.com's 3D "wall flowers" are small, delicate floral sculptures that can add an unexpected pop to walls or a stretched canvas, and are available in an assortment of fresh hues, from white and silver to purple and pink ($10, umbra.com).
Lastly, consider adding visual interest with hanging, metallic Garland Ivy panels from BrocadeHome.com. The thin, airy sheets come 6 to a set, and can be hooked together for easy modular configurations ($79, brocade home.com). A great way to include a little shimmer and shine without overpowering a room.
If you find yourself lacking space for both wall art and shelving, consider cleverly constructed convertible shelving from Riveli.net. Conceptualized by Chicago artist Mark Kinsley, the sturdy shelves can fold up flat against a wall, revealing chic panels of artwork underneath. Perfect for those with ever-changing taste, you can swap prints in and out with magnets and flip and fold between storage and style depending on your mood ($150 & up, riveli.net).
Last but not least, top off your decor with a touch of green. "Living wall planters" from WoollyPocket.com are a quick and easy way to bring a bit of the outside in, while "FlowerToppers" are a savvy solution for your porch and lawn. The shallow, terra cotta trays allow you to transport flowers around the yarn, or even into the house, without handling cumbersome, full-size pots (Living Wall Planters $18-150, woollypocket.com; FlowerToppers $19.95, flowertoppers.com).
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