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Update: With such a wide range of DIY and lifestyle shows on TV, there’s so many places to pick up inspiration and design tips without having to employ an interior designer. Recently, the wealth of material available online has multiplied. has an abundance of how-to videos where you can follow step by step instructions for a variety of home improvement projects, while blog sites such as blogger and Tumblr give you access to pictures and advice from fellow homeowners and remodeling professionals alike. Pinterest is also a great way to source design ideas, with its easy to search categories where you can find pictures and arrange them on your own inspiration boards.

(ARA) — If you own a television, you have access to all the expert decorating advice you could ever need. With the abundance of decorating and lifestyle shows ranging from Design on a Dime to This Old House, you can pick up tricks of the trade without ever leaving your living room.

These shows offer tips on everything from the hottest colors of the season to how to make a small room look larger or how to deal with trouble spots in a room. Depending on how adventurous you are, you can even find instructions on how to reupholster your furniture.

“The most encouraging things about these home shows is that they emphasize how a little change can make a big difference in a room,” says Todd Imholte, president of Murals Your Way. “One new piece of furniture or a few fabulous accessories can make a huge impact.”

Imholte’s Minnesota-based company manufacturers wall murals that have been used in a number of lifestyle shows recently. “Our murals have shown up on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Extreme Home Makeover and Trading Spaces,” he says. “One reason the murals are so popular is that they can create a focal point in a room, and provide the starting point for a theme as well.”

He cites as an example the “Manhattan Lights” mural used on a Queer Eye episode. “This is one of our most popular murals,” notes Imholte. “It features a beautiful nighttime skyline view of Manhattan that includes the twin towers of the World Trade Center.” Thom Filicia, Queer Eye’s decorating diva, used this mural in a project for two New York City firefighters who shared an apartment. “Both of them were involved in 9/11, so it was a very meaningful addition to their decor,” says Imholte.

The company’s “Night, Times Square, NY” mural was featured in an episode of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. “They were looking for something sophisticated and edgy to use in a very contemporary room,” says Imholte. “This mural filled the bill.”

Murals are also being used in upscale hotels and restaurants. “We provided a mural that sets the tone for the Woody Harrelson room at the Hotel Triton in San Francisco,” says Imholte. “It’s a nature scene that really brings the outdoors in and provides a serene and relaxing ambiance.”

Murals Your Way makes it easy for consumers to add this same type of drama to their own homes. “If you can visualize it, we can customize it for you,” says Imholte. “You can use a personal photograph, a favorite piece of artwork, or an illustration.” Or, if you’re looking for inspiration, you can browse the company’s Gallery Collection, a library of over 1,000 licensed images from world-renowned artists and photographers, available in custom sizes.

All murals are printed on high-quality wallpaper stock and are ready for installation. Murals Your Way uses inks that are fade resistant to five years outdoors and 20 years indoors. “We’ve been doing this for over 35 years,” says Imholte. “So customers can be confident that we’ll get it right, guaranteed.”

Ordering is easy. Simply choose an image from the company’s Web site or provide your own. Determine your desired height and width (with a minimum size of 4 feet by 6 feet). Place your order by contacting one of Murals Your Way’s design consultants at (888) 295-9764. You can expect to receive your order within 10 business days from the date of your approved order.

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