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Donald Trump Personalizing Oval Office To His Taste

| by Denise Recalde

Just hours after being sworn in, President Donald Trump on Jan. 20 had changes made to White House decor.

Gold curtains were installed behind the Resolute desk in the Oval Office, replacing the red curtains that had been used during former President Barack Obama's administration, the Daily Mail reports.

The change was apparent when Trump signed an executive order on the Affordable Care Act and other memos on the Resolute desk on the evening of Jan. 20. 

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The president also replaced the large, circular rug from the Obama presidency, which featured quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. and four former presidents. 

The new rug is the sunburst gold and yellow rug with garland edges designed by first lady Laura Bush during President George W. Bush's tenure, ABC News reports.  

The gray suede couches inside the Oval Office have also been replaced with brocade ones, CNN reports. 

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Trump is known for loving gold features and accents -- his homes across the country feature the color throughout. 

Trump has also replaced the bust of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Obama had switched the busts while he was in office.

It is unknown whether Trump plans on further redecorating the White House.

In a 2015 interview, Trump said that he wouldn't go about changing too much inside the president's residence, People reports.

"If I were elected, I would maybe touch it up a little bit, but the White House is a special place," Trump stated. "You don't want to do too much touching."

It is customary for newly elected presidents to redecorate the White House, along with the Oval Office. The building is worth $397.9 million.

The space within 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue designated as living quarters is where the first family has the authority to make the most decor changes. 

The living space inside the 132-room building may be repainted to their taste and new furniture, decorations and bedding may be brought in for the family. 

It's tradition for the first lady to take charge of decor changes. On Jan. 3, Melania Trump met with the White House chief usher and curator to talk about the matter.

Melania Trump will be staying in New York City with the couple's son, Barron, for at least the first half year of Trump's term. 

It is unclear whether the first family will pay for the renovations or if they will use the $100,000 per term allocated by Congress to redecorate the White House. 

The Obamas opted not to use the money or accept donations -- they paid for the renovations personally. 

Sources: Daily Mail, ABC News, People, CNN / Photo credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times via The Toronto Star

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