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Cleaning is only part of making a room look inviting. Check out some of these beautifully simple makeover ideas.

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Hotel Bath

Bring a bit of that pampered hotel feeling into your own home. Between everyday cotton balls and mouthwash, mix in a few of those nice-to-haves to make every day a little more luxurious.

Apothecary Jars: Grab different sizes of glass vessels and fill with loofahs, soaps or bath salts.

Plush Towels: Choose Egyptian cotton or micro-cotton. Both are super soft and absorbent. Stick with white for a classic hotel look.

Mirrors: Hang decorative mirrors from ribbons as a focal point.

Subway Tile: It's timeless in nearly every style of home. Use it for shower walls or backsplash.

Soothing Tones: Soft blues or grays keep the tone calm. Our pick: Benjamin Moore Nantucket Fog.

Fresh Flowers: It's the room we often miss when adding a floral touch, but a little vase of roses can perk up the mood in the morning.

Good Hand Soaps: Keep it out in a nice dish or on a favorite plate where it's pretty, smells good and feels fancy.

Nantucket Style

A look so clean and crisp, you can almost smell that salty ocean breeze. Give your own kitchen a little New England pep with a few key coastal accents.

Wicker: Nantucket is famous for its wicker baskets. Translate that simple woven look with a lantern-style pendant.

Stripes: Nothing channels classic island preppy faster than iconic stripes. A blue dishtowel or rug will do the trick.

Sand: Bring the beach inside—fill mason jars with sand, shells and white candles.

Wood: Reclaimed or repurposed wood accents give that beach-worn feel without looking too country.

Color: A little goes a long way. Stick to an all-American palette of blue and white with a few hints of red or yellow.

Rope: Wrap thick, sturdy nautical rope inside oversized jars or hang it from the dinner bell.

Touch of Natural

A stripped down laundry room dressed in whites and neutrals evokes the ultimate clean—and green—space.

Beadboard: Start with the timeless backdrop of white, vertical lines.

Jute: Cover the linoleum with a durable rug made of natural fibers.

Baskets: Ditch the plastic for sturdy baskets and hampers and totes.

Glass Jars: Display your soaps, sponges and detergents in glass jars. It looks clean and uncluttered—and keeps items in reach.

Wooden Hangers: Keep a few on hand for air-drying items.

Clothespins: They'll become your all-purpose clip for clothes, chips, recipes and more when not shoved in a drawer.

Fragrance: Keep the room smelling good with your favorite natural home scent, such as real, dried lavender.

Industrial Cool

It's the man's garage every woman could love. Keep tools and equipment organized with bright and durable solutions to get each job done faster.

Task Lighting: Suspend metal or cage pendants (opt for bold color!) for an eye-catching overhead light source.

Pegboard: The extreme organizing solution. It holds dozens of hooks and hides not-so-lovely unfinished garage walls.

Stool: Keep a colorful footstool nearby for when you need a lift.

Soft Flooring: Popular, modular carpet squares can be combined for a small doormat or a full-size checkerboard floor. Look for style meant for heavy traffic.

Epoxy Paint: Dust off the concrete and coat it in a high-gloss blue or gray epoxy for that dazzling showroom look.

Toolbox: Stash steel wool, heavy-duty sponges and rags close by for when you're gearing up to clean.

Schoolhouse Fun

Give that all-purpose craft table the back-to-school treatment. Organize supplies to inspire and encourage creativity.

DIY Bulletin Board: Cover a large bulletin board with batting and fabric—choose neutral linen or a happy print.

Chalkboard: Hang a framed chalkboard to keep to-do lists, love notes or reminders.

File System: Use it as your inbox/outbox or stash construction and craft paper.

Wall Hangings: A sloping ribbon or string with binder clips can hang up artwork, photos or invites. Instant organization!

Jars: Get goodies like pipe cleaners, googly eyes and ribbons out of the closet and onto the counter.

ABCs: Choose a letter or two (such as your family initial), for a big graphic statement.

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