20 ways to wake up your room

Time to give your room a jolt, no java required! Here are our 20 best tips, tricks and ideas for a Pin-worthy makeover you can do in a snap. Photographs by Sean Scheidt.

5 Ways to Wow-worthy Walls ‘n’ Windows:

Floating Wall Shelves

Scour the flea market for wooden crates. A quick coat of spray paint makes them like new. Let dry, then hang on your wall (ask a parent for help.) Fill with books, travel trinkets and snapshots.

Chalkboard Anytime Banner

DIY a positive message banner by coating wooden pennant flags (find ‘em at Michaels) with chalkboard paint. Write your fave motivational words for insta-inspo.

Window Ribbons

Stock up on a few rolls of grosgrain at the fabric store, then loop 3-yard lengths over your curtain rod for a girly boho update on boring drapes.

Try this: Grosgrain Ribbon, from $3.36/roll,

Pinterest Clipboard Wall

Hang clipboards in a grid of six on your wall, then pin up quotes, magazine cutouts and images you find inspiring. Change often!

Witty Wall Decals

Easier than wallpaper, cuter than that 1D collage you made last year. Shop from sites like for sweeping birds, funky lanterns or posh chandeliers for a “totally you” expression.

Try this: Clean Room Decal Stacked, $49,

4 Design Hacks You Can Do in an Hour:

Vintage Vanity Tray

Turn an ornate frame into a frilly tray by removing the glass and backing and replacing them with hot pin cardstock. Set it on your dresser to corral jewelry and perfumes.

Ribbon Chandelier

An embroidery hoop and a slew of leftover ribbons are all you need for a whimsical installation above your bed.

Wallpapered Bookshelf

A quick strip of adhesive (and removable) metallic wallpaper on the back panel of your bookshelf gives any tired hand-me-down piece a suddenly so-luxe look.

Pretty Drawer Pulls

Unscrew the standard drawer pulls from your dresser or nightstand, then decoupage a printed fabric over top. Tie fabric over the knob and secure with a rubber band before decoupaging. Let dry overnight, then trim excess fabric and screw back in place.

4 Study Space Tips That’ll Earn You an A+:

Cute Cords

Forget the cord tangle-you’ll always be able to pick yours from the pack with a quic wrap of patterned Washi tape.

Wild Washi Inbox

Layer Washi tape (score some at Target) on your standard letter holder for a way-cute way to get organized.


Decoupaged Desk Drawers

You’ll actually want to see the bottoms of your desk drawers when you’ve decoupaged a cool collage of magazine cutouts and fave snapshots on them.

Desk Chair Do-Over

That old wooden desk chair you’ve had forever? Freshen it up with a quick coat of paint. Add a sheepskin throw on top for plushness.

4 Cute Closet Tricks:

Outfit Inspo Magnets

It’s like your style playbook: magazine cutouts stuck onto mini magnets on a message board let you mix and match your heart out.

Candy Jar Corrals

Collect those hair ties, bobby pins and small accessories in glass candy jars for easy access-and easy viewing. A chalkboard label on the front helps, too.

Cinchy Scarf Rings

Wrap shower curtain rings in Washi tape and snap them on the bottom bar of a wooden hanger. Loop your scarf collection through the rings for fewer wrinkles and snags. Sweet!

Frame It Jewelry Organizer

A photo-frame-turned-jewelry-hanger is yours with a few strips of crochet trim (get it at Michaels) strung across and a handful of S-hooks for stashing necklaces and earrings.

3 Beyond-Chic Bed Updates:

Silky Scarf Quilt

Whip up a coverlet by sewing together six vintage silk scarves. Hello, pretty!

XOXO Wall Letters

DIY this statement maker. Push quilter’s T-bar pins (buy at a craft store) into foam board around a cardboard letter template you can DIY, then use a length of yarn to string the pins together for a color-blocked effect.

Pompom Pillow Shams

Bouncy pompoms sewn onto the edges of a basic throw pillow add an instantly lush layer to your bed.


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by Jessica D’Argenio Waller | 2/1/2016