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These fresh takes on wainscoting, tile, flooring, and more make it easy to trade up to one-of-a-kind style.

1. Subway Wall

Create an accent wall with tile in a warm neutral color, like this soothing gray. Taking the tile all the way up to the ceiling will make the room appear taller.

Similar to shown: U.S. Ceramic Tile in Tender Gray Matte, about $30 for a box of 80 tiles; The Home Depot

2. Salvaged Shutters

Forgo pricey shades and dress up a window with painted shutters instead. Louvered-on-top designs like the ones here offer privacy without blocking light, and the adjustable slats let you direct the sun’s rays.

Similar to shown: Check out etsy.com for salvaged shutters, starting at about $25 each.

3. Mixed-Material Floor

Add some variety underfoot by combining textures—in this case, wood planks and pebble tile—for an unexpected twist that brings the great outdoors inside.

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