Interior design is one of the hottest industries right now, and has been for the past couple of years. Since the recession ended, in fact, interior design has taken on a whole new life of its own. With record foreclosures during the recession, developers and buyers purchased homes left and right and renovated them to sell again. The renovations included everything from new condominiums to top to bottom gutting and replacing of all interiors in single family homes. The housing market is hotter than ever right now, but hiring an interior designer can be pricey for the average family. Luckily, their best advice is out there and free if you know where to find it. Compiled below are some tips on how to redecorate your home on a budget, from the hottest designers in the country.
- Do not underestimate paint. A beautiful accent wall or fresh color can liven up just about any room, and it is super affordable. It is also really easy to fix if you make a mistake or change if you decide it does not match the furniture or the color is off. The paint color(s) should be chosen in partnership with the larger design scheme, so if you are not planning on upholstering furniture than you want the paint to match it somehow, or at least clash with it in a way that brings the room together.
- Much like paint, window drapes and blinds are relatively easy to purchase and install yourself, but you do need to measure them carefully. Check out Premier Designs for a wide array of shades, blinds, and window treatments today. Whatever type you end up with, you will want to make sure it matches any new paint you are putting on your walls as well as your furniture and upholstery. Use a variety throughout your home to match different rooms and styles.
- Accent walls do not just have to be paint. A faux stone or even a real stone accent wall, such as exposed brick, can bring out the elegance in any home. It serves to highlight the area covered, so choose wisely and do not over compensate by putting it everywhere. Whether you are using a light colored stone to highlight the fireplace or are pulling down the plaster that covers the brick in one of the bedrooms, less is more with stone and accent walls in general.
- Hardwood floors went out of style briefly and were replaced with carpets in 1990s suburbia, but they are back in style and are all the rage. They do not appear to be going anywhere any time soon either. In a wide variety of widths, lengths, colors, and finishes, hardwood floors are becoming more and more popular as complete replacements for carpet. Some homes and condos are being built without even considering carpet anymore, and home owners with children and pets flock to hardwood floors. They are easier to clean, maintain, and if you spill red wine on them, it does not stain!