Bring the Outdoors in with Nate Berkus' Inexpensive Decorating Tips

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired June 17, 2015

Got the winter blues? Interior Designer Nate Berkus is showing you how to bring natural elements inside long before the temperatures warm up. And the best part – all these tips are "cheap and cheerful" as Rachael puts it.

Hack No. 1: Use a simple natural-fiber wool rug to re-vamp your fabric headboard. Tip: The rug doesn’t have to be the exact dimensions of your headboard – use a smaller rug for a splash of color, and even a pretty scarf would do the trick!

Hack No. 2: Nate's next tip is extremely cost effective if you have access to a wooded area. Just take birch logs and saw them down to make coasters that you can use in your own home or give to friends as hostess gifts.

Hack No. 3: If everything is brown outdoors, bring a little color inside by planting greenery in soft woven baskets. Tip: Use some old bubble wrap to give your plants some extra height.

Hack No. 4: This next hack is pretty transformative – take furniture you can't currently use and repurpose it. Nate's apartment came with a farmhouse dining table that he and his husband Jeremiah had no need for – so they cut it in half and used it as a console in their living room!

Hack No. 5: People don't think of metallic décor as being outdoor-themed but as Nate points out, "Metals come from nature." And, as Rachael says, metallic can have a big impact: "An element of shine in a room makes such a difference." Nate shows you how to take a simple white vase and paint it with a simple geometric pattern to give it a whole new sparkle.

So go to it -- transform your home in one of these simple ways! Tell us in the comments how you did!

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