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8 secrets to designing a camera-ready room

Small changes, big difference
Small changes, big difference © pics721/

Sometimes, it's the little things that make all the difference.

Recently on the "Today" show, Novogratz demonstrated how a simple, white cabinet could look completely different with just a quick switch of its hardware.

Switching from plain fixtures to something "big and bold changed the whole piece of furniture," she recalls.

A new set of knobs -- vintage glass, new chrome pulls, tribal designs or even a flea-market find -- can make cabinets look totally different, says Novogratz.

So whether it's that credenza in the living room or those kitchen cabinets, it's a simple solution with big results, she says.

Another small job you can do to make a big difference is painting the trim of a room.

"I don't think people realize you can paint (just) the trim on the walls and the door itself," says Novogratz. "I think people just assume crown molding and trim and doors are white."

She loves using a bold color for the baseboards. "You can do that in color and have a more neutral wall."


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