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8 secrets to designing a camera-ready room

Use original artwork
Use original artwork © Andre van der Veen/

Original artwork can make a room, but it doesn't have to be pricey, says DiMeo. If you frame it the right way, you can display family photos, kids' art or even a colorful scarf for an original piece that shines.

"Artwork can be done for a few dollars," says DiMeo. "I don't have one single poster in my house. I have all our friends' artwork in our house."

If you have kids, blow up a couple of their art projects to 30 inches by 30 inches or 30 inches by 20 inches, he says. Not only are you designing a room with something unique and original, you're also telling your child, "Look at that," says DiMeo.

Or, for a DIY project, you can use stencils to try your hand at a mural, he says.

"Stencils are a way of doing something cheaply and having a room like no other," says DiMeo. "It's only paint, and you can always paint over it. Don't be afraid to throw some color on the wall."


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