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Seek Cheap Frills
A new duvet, pillows and dust ruffle can change the whole feeling of a bedroom. Don't be afraid to mix patterns—as long as you keep them in the same color palette, the effect should be a pleasing, textured one." — Alex Papachristidis, author of The Age of Elegance: Interiors by Alex Papachristidis (Rizzoli)
gold and white wallpaper with white headboard

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Find Your Middle Ground
"When you are on a budget, wallpapering only one wall is a great way to create a focal point for a room and also allows you to go bolder with the pattern than if you were to do the entire room." — Robert and Cortney Novogratz, authors of Home by Novogratz (Artisan Books)
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Get Even
"I like seeing tables that are the same height, even if they aren't the exact same table, on either side of the bed. But I prefer lamps that match. They give the room a nice sense of balance and uniformity." — Holly Becker, author of Decorate Workshop: Design and Style Your Space in 8 Creative Steps (Chronicle Books)

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Skirt the Issue
"By skirting the top frame of a pencil post bed with a striped canopy, designer Bill Graham evokes the dreamy casualness of a sleeping porch in the guest room of his Alabama summer home." — Linda O'Keeffe, author of Stripes: Design Between the Lines (The Monacelli Press)

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Go the Extra Yard
"Curtains or a highly decorative headboard gives the room character and appeal. The bed is, after all, the most important thing in a bedroom, so it's great to amplify it with a strong scheme." — Tino Zervudachi, author of Tino Zervudachi: A Portfolio (Pointed Leaf Press)

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