real estate

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."


Show Bankrate's community sharing policy
          Connect with us

Timely market news and advice for consumers ready to buy, sell or invest in real estate. Delivered weekly.


Greg McBride

Greg McBride: Lay down ARMs?

Don't rule out adjustable-rate mortgages as interest rates rise.  ... Read more

Partner Center

Connect with us