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Front Page - Friday, September 15, 2023

Use these low-cost ways to create stunning spaces

If you’re growing weary of looking at the same four walls or clutter in the corners of a room, it might be time to refresh your interior design.

Creating warm and inviting spaces in your home often does not require an extreme makeover. A few easy design adjustments with color or lighting can transform an ordinary room into a stunning space.

Consider the following three simple steps to elevate the interior design of your home without breaking the bank.

Add accent walls and ceilings

Accent walls and ceilings can take any room from ordinary to extraordinary with a small investment in paint or wallpaper. Adding a contrasting wall color or using textured paint breaks up the monotony of a room.

Another option is hanging patterned wallpaper to create vibrant character and style. When selecting a wall accent, experts recommend considering the room’s purpose and size. The perfect color and material for your accented wall or ceiling depends on the mood you want to convey, access to natural light and the room’s square footage.


Minimalist designs are based on a less-is-more philosophy and rely on limited materials, natural light and clean, simple lines. Decluttering the space is one of the first steps in achieving minimalist design.

To help manage what stays and what you should move to a different place, sort items by type and then put them away.

Instead of a collection of clutter, choose a statement piece that reflects your style and brings the room together.


Lighting is an essential aspect of design and has the power to transform the ambience of a space. Good lighting can make a room more functional, appealing and flexible.

For example, sunlight is a no-cost, natural way to enhance the interior space. If the room you’re styling doesn’t have substantive exposure to sunlight, try combining it with artificial light elements or adding mirrors to increase light reflection.

A well-planned lighting scheme not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of a room but also has practical implications for functionality and safety.

For more information on home design trends or to locate a local professional to help with your home improvement needs, contact the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga at 423-624-9992.