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Install New Kitchen Lights
Lighting might be the most important facet of any space — bold statement, we know. But, think about how unwelcoming a harsh, fluorescent vibe can be. If your kitchen and eating area are joined, the light you use has to work for both. You need to be able to see what you're chopping, but also have the ambience for a romantic dinner. Don't have time to switch out fixtures? Buy a softer wattage bulb.
Rehang Your Curtains
The second most important decor move? Window treatments. Either switch out the color of your drapes or try raising them slightly. Better yet, do both. A small adjustment can dramatically change your room's feel.
Rearrange Your Art
So simple, but truly the most dramatic change you can make. Think about your walls as a gallery space and be sure to rotate your exhibits every so often. There will always be something interesting for your guests — more importantly, for you! — to check out.
Hang Succulents From The Ceiling
Installing hooks in the ceiling might be a slightly awkward reach, but the Zen benefit of these upside-down greens is huge. Having succulents or flowers hanging from above breathes life over the whole room. If you know you'll water less if you can't reach them easily, try air plants, like this one in our S.F. editor's kitchen.