Small budget, big design ideas

Craving a major makeover but need to keep it affordable? These clever design ideas will help you create a new look in any space for an updated aesthetic that doesn’t break the bank.

Focus on shapes, not fabric. Many of us fall in love with a luxurious texture or pretty pattern and commit to a big-ticket item because of it. But if you look at the shape of furniture first, you can concentrate on the overall silhouette and structure of the piece and can easily reupholster it with the exact fabric you want.

Elevate your artwork. Art doesn’t need to be fancy or expensive to look amazing. Simply get creative and don’t be afraid to experiment with your own photography or DIY projects you can find online, like printable prints or pressed flowers and greenery. A thick, white matte and sharp black frame can make any piece look gallery-ready.

Mix high and low. As with your wardrobe, you need to be strategic about purchasing quality investment pieces that you can then accessorize with trendier items. In your home, this might mean splurging on a good couch you can comfortably sit in for hours and quality window treatments that are high in performance and durability. Mix it up with more budget-friendly decor — like throws, vases and candles — that you switch up seasonally or when the mood strikes.

Customize with trim. Personalize everyday items with attention to details, like the trim. Whether it’s painting your baseboards in a crisp white or adding trim to a lampshade or pillow cover, these small projects upgrade ordinary pieces and are stylish finishing touches that complete a space.

Transform your lighting. Natural light makes any space appear larger, brighter and more inviting. At the same time, you also want to be able to shut out glare for a good night’s sleep or to watch a movie on your home entertainment system. For this flexibly and control, consider Hunter Douglas’ Vignette Duolite Roman shades. Their revolutionary design combines a light-filtering or sheer front shade with a room-darkening back panel that both roll on a single roller so you can achieve the perfect ambiance and set the mood day or night.

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