5 quick ways to transform a room according to an HGTV star

An HGTV star shares his best tip for sprucing up any room in your home, and fast

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A room makeover by Orlando Soria for HGTV
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If spending more time at home has got you making a decorating to-do list, you're not alone. 

"Now is the best time ever to be investing in improving your home," says Orlando Soria, host of HGTV's new series "Build Me Up," and a designer who says he's been re-working some of the spaces in his own home during quarantine. For one, spending more time at home gives you a better sense of how you actually live in your space. And two, redecorating is a great way to spend some productive, creative time in the house.

Need help figuring out where to start? Here, Soria shares his top quick and easy tips for changing the vibe of your home for the better (none of which require a construction crew or a small fortune).

Change out faucets, lighting, hardware

"Even for renters (like me) swapping out a doorknob, light fixture, or faucet can help make a space feel totally different," Soria says. "The things you touch and use are the places your eye goes first when you enter a room. And swapping out faucets and cabinet hardware is easier than you think (and reversible once you move out)."

Change out bedding.

"It can completely change the look and feel of your bedroom and hey, no construction required," Soria says. Start with a new duvet, or a set of Euro shams in a pattern that ties your decor together. 

Repaint a room

Paint is one of the best ways to renew a room. "Even if you're painting it the exact same color, a fresh coat of paint gives you a chance to start fresh," Soria says. "One common mistake comes when people paint dark spaces light colors thinking that will make it look brighter. In fact, it does just the opposite. It just makes the room feel shadowy and dark. A good rule of thumb is to paint rooms that get a lot of natural light in lighter, less saturated colors and to paint rooms that get less natural light in darker hues to emphasize their moody, romantic vibe."

Swap out (or add) a rug.

"Rugs add so much softness and texture and a great way to add color to a colorless space," says Soria. Need some inspiration? Check our our guide to the best living room rugs.

Update your accessories.

"Even small stuff like kitchen tea towels and coasters are a great way to spruce up your home," he says. " Think of your house as an evolving, living organism that's never done. You should always be thinking of ways to update and refresh your home so it never feels stale."

Want more from Orlando Soria? Make sure to tune-in to new episodes of Build Me Up on HGTV every Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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