Jeff Lewis's 10 Easy, High-Impact Home Updates

The accomplished designer and television star is sharing his ideas, big and small, for freshening up your home.

Always outspoken, never shy, and continually on point, Jeff Lewis has become a force to be reckoned with in the design world. As creator of curated paint brand Jeff Lewis Color and star of Bravo's smash hits Flipping Out, Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis, and Property Envy, he has been able to showcase his fabulous style and design know-how to the world. A home decor expert in everything from vignette styling to whole-home renovations, Lewis has an arsenal of experience to draw on. Looking to make a fresh start in the new year, we turned to the designer for ideas on how to revamp our homes. From simple switches to renovation inspiration, Lewis is offering his advice and choice sources for chic updates. No flipping out necessary. header1
jl1 Swapping out an area rug will instantly give any room a new look. Try a subtle pattern for added interest. Rhodos White Rug, $612, HD Buttercup
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paint Re-painting your walls is like a facelift for your room. Start the new year fresh with an updated, muted-neutral color palette. Try wallpaper on an accent wall to coordinate with your new paint. Skinny Dip, From $8, Jeff Lewis Color
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jl6 As an alternative to plain drywall, add texture with wood paneling for a richer look. I had a craftsman install it in a recent project for this very reason. Paint or stain the paneling for a traditional or transitional aesthetic. Nomad Maple Wood Paneling, $25, Design the Space
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jl5 Light fixtures are like the jewelry of a home. Buy a new table lamp, floor lamp, or replace an existing chandelier with something that makes a statement. I try to find unique vintage pieces. I like to have something in my home that can't be duplicated. Vintage Pendant, $1695, Jayson Home
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jl3 Air vent grilles can be one of the most overlooked items in a house. Most people choose basic white vents. Install custom patterned grilles in an interesting finish for a richer, more polished look. Custom Grill, Price Upon Request, AA Grilles
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jl4 A new set of drapery panels and hardware is a worthwhile investment. Spend the extra money to have a professional measure and install custom drapes to fit your windows. Flat Roman Shade, From $154, The Shade Store
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jl5 Paint your cabinets a new color and replace the cabinet hardware in the process. It will look like you installed new cabinets without the added expense. Burfiend Drawer Pull, $10, Mockett
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jl3 If you're installing marble floors, create a custom pattern for your fabricator to give your floors a more dramatic look. Mink Classic Polished Marble tile, Price Upon Request, Country Floors
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jl2 While renovating a kitchen or bathroom, have your cabinet maker bid custom cabinetry in your closet. For a little more money than a pre-fab closet company, you can have a custom-built space to display your clothes and accessories like a retail store. Custom Closet, Price Upon Request, California Closets
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JL1 Opt for a different kind of accent wall and lend your space a feeling of age with a reclaimed brick installation. We used 100-year-old brick to make this accent wall appear like it had always been there. The installer even applied a messy mortar finish to make the install look more authentic. Chicago Antique Thin Brick Veneer Tile, $10, Vintage Brick Salvage
For more renovation inspiration and to see additional photos of Lewis' work check out our High-Impact Home Updates Pinterest Board and be sure to watch the all-new season of Flipping Out premiering on Bravo March 5th. _con Photographs: Portrait Courtesy of Douglas Friedman, Interiors Courtesy of Jeff Lewis Design
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