When we toured our house for the first time a year and a half ago, we liked nearly everything about it except for a few (hundred) cosmetic issues, including the pea soup-colored walls in our sunroom, the rainbow-colored tiles in our kitchen (!!!), and don't get me started on the 3D ceramic spiders and spiderwebs cemented onto the fireplace (because one day of Halloween a year isn't enough?!)
Structurally, we loved it, especially the wide open sunroom with its floor-to-roof windows, but cosmetically-speaking, we wanted to take a giant eraser to the whole thing, and we sort of did by painting the sunroom and kitchen walls white prior to our move (half Benjamin Moore Decorator's White, half Linen White, to be precise and yes I deliberated white paint swatches for an unhealthy amount of time). We even painted over the kitchen tiles to neutralize the situation until we could free up some money. In some ways it was nice to start over, but the problem with going from one extreme to the next, is that when we walked into the house for the first time, it was gleaming TV anchor-smile-white. Most of our stuff was pretty neutral, so I had to work to infuse color and texture without going overboard and I didn't have a large budget.
Obviously the whole thing is still a work-in-progress, but a couple of recent inexpensive purchases—the above deck chair ($50) that I found at Brimfield and coasters ($35) from Wolfum—have really helped. It can be daunting to think about bigger, more expensive purchases like furniture and rugs, so know that you can really alter a space in a dramatic way with textiles and accessories. Here are six punchy American-made options.