Some decorating tips can be obtained from this year's Hexter Award-winning designers for decorating suggestions.
Both suggested that most walls, floors and major upholstery be in neutral colors. Accent these with small splashes of color. The accents can be changed inexpensively and quickly.
Plan for rooms to fulfill more than one function by placing some furniture on casters and selecting light, easy-to-move pieces to make rearrangement easier.
The prize-winning residential entry of Janet Rosenberg of Design Studio in Upper Montclair, N.J., was a Manhattan apartment that had been turned from a two-bedroom into a one-bedroom apartment by removing the wall between a bedroom and the living room.