Design On a Budget

Do you spend lazy Saturday afternoons browsing the pages of designing magazines, wishing you had the budget to hire an interior designer to replicate their interiors? Many times, well designed rooms can be done by changing small elements, you can give a room an entirely new personality. Sometimes adding a few colorful pillows or picking up a paintbrush is all you need to do to make your room look like something out of the pages of a magazine.

One of the most common fixes for a boring room is color. Updating the color of just one wall in any room will give it an entirely new feel.

  • Warmer colors can make a room feel cozier and more inviting.
  • Cooler colors like grey or white may give a room a more industrial feeling.
  • Light airy colors open up a space.
  • Deep, dark colors can make a room appear small. 

Adding accents to pieces you already own can also make a large difference. For instance, if your couch is not as exciting as it once was, try throwing a few fun accent pillows on it. Remember, throws and cushions, when selected as accents, can really bring new life to a tired piece of furniture. Fabrics also can add beautiful softness to a room.

Another budget-friendly change is to rotate the artwork in a room. Using the same frames but changing the images can easily create a new theme or mood, and combining several different frames in different finishes and sizes can achieve different looks.

Updating lighting can dramatically change the mood of a room. Try installing a new fixture or simply swapping out the shades on current fixtures. Installing dimmer switches can also make for an interesting change.