emily henderson decorating ideas

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O enlisted designer Emily Henderson to help make the most of real estate agent Alexis Hilton's sunny L.A. apartment. Here are the top takeaways that will work in just about any home.

Break Up Your Wall

A two-tone paint job is an affordable way to update a room. Henderson suggests painting roughly two-thirds of the wall to make the ceilings feel higher (just don't line up the color break with the doorframes, she says).

Personalize Your Artwork

Buying and framing art can get expensive. For a more affordable (and meaningful) option, Henderson suggests uploading travel snapshots—Hilton's are from Italy—to Costco's website, having them blown way up ($9 will get you a 20" x 30"), and putting them in IKEA frames.