small bud­get, big de­sign ideas

Edmonton Sun - - HOMES - (News Canada)

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 dé­cor — 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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