Friday, December 14, 2007

Some of the spaces on the series are the homes of professional interior designers. Can non-professional homeowners create high-end decor for a small space within a modest budget? Any tricks for those with a modest budget?

Everyone can live in a beautiful space no matter the budget; you can absolutely create that high-end décor look without spending a fortune.I always encourage people on a budget to begin with paint, pick a bold color and begin there; it’s definitely the fastest, least expensive way to transform a room.

If you’re not sure where to begin with color pick up some home magazines that showcase the style your after, flip through until you find a wall color you like and 9 times out of 10 they’ll list the exact paint color. The other wonderful thing about paint is it makes items you already have look completely different, it brings out the detail in your woodwork, artwork and all your furnishings. Paint helps you rethink what you already have and that’s a great place to begin when you’re watching what you spend.

The other thing I would say that gives you the biggest bang for your buck is nice lighting, you don’t have to live with overhead lighting, it’s depressing and colors the mood of a space. Even if you have a small area 4 or 5 lamps are not too much, you want to illuminate all the space you have so you can enjoy every inch of it, it changes the whole feeling of your home and makes it warm and inviting.

A great idea to fluff up a bedroom on the cheap is to hang floor to ceiling drapes behind the head of your bed, even if you have a headboard. Pick a fabric you love, a crisp toile, a chocolate brown silk, rich red velvet or an airy creamy sheer; it adds a quick change in the overall look of your room and makes the room look bigger because when the drapes go all the way up to the ceiling they visually draw your eye up creating the illusion of higher ceilings and thus a larger space!