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RISMEDIA, October 4, 2010—Every home has its trouble spots. Blank walls, privacy issues, an area that needs a little creativity to make it interesting. When staging a home for sale, think about these tips from Lowe’s Creative Ideas for Home and Garden® and make a big statement without a big investment.

Grand Entrance
Create an inviting nook along a blank wall in a foyer, a bedroom or a hallway. Add a bench to stage the area for functional and fashionable seating. We used two moulding pieces to construct a cornice and attached lightweight curtains for flowing flair.

Heightened Drama
Curtains add glamour, increase privacy, buffer noise and block drafts. Here, the entrance from the dining area to the den is framed with thick, textured panels hung from a simple rod mounted near the ceiling. We splurged on four panels for volume and drama, but saved by choosing an unlined style. Added bonus: no liner shows in back.

Awning Whimsy
Vertical stripes make the ceiling seem higher and play up the symmetry of the twin beds. Each awning uses two curtain panels (end-to-end) and two rods—one concealed and one with decorative finials. Because both sides of the top panel show, it is folded in half horizontally to make two finished sides. The curtains perfectly suit the twin beds; double up curtains (side-to-side) for a larger bed.

For instructions on these and other projects, please visit www.lowescreativeideas.com.

This article is adapted from Lowe’s Creative Ideas for Home and Garden®, September/October 2010 issue.

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