How to Get a Designer Look Without the Price Tag

Hiring an interior decorator has its benefits. Beyond the obvious eye for style and connections to the design world, there are other perks: budgeting, scheduling, and management. But these benefits come with a price tag. For some, prices are too high to justify. After all, it is a luxury to get that designer look.

Read below for some tips from some designers we work with to help you get a high-end renovation on a low budget!

Start at the Front

The front door is an ideal place to start. Bring a pop of color to your front door to dazzle guests with an excellent first impression. Plus, it’s a way to upgrade your exterior without a full job.

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Let There Be Light

Painting smaller rooms in lighter, airy colors can help them to feel more substantial. The lighter hues allow rays to bounce back and forth easily, keeping areas bright and open. If you have natural light entering a room, always embrace this as well, and find a way to utilize it.

Bounce Around

How to utilize natural light? One way, mirrors. Mirrors create the illusion of depth within a room, so it’s ideal in small places or hallways. Extra tip? Make sure they are across from something worth reflecting!

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Up, Up & Away

Another designer trick is to hang curtains higher than your windows. They give the illusion that your ceilings are higher, and that the curtains are stretching up to reach the top of the room. This little trick on the eyes is a favorite of designers in helping to extend a room with lower ceilings.

Less is More

Many times people worry that they have not done enough with a room and aim to pack it with matching the decor and wall hangings. But overdoing it with accessories can often be the downfall of a renovation project. Keep the accessorizing to a minimum and embrace simplicity.


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You may not find the exact couch you were looking for, drapes that perfectly match the paint colors on the wall, or have the stress-free experience you may have with a designer. But understanding that with a challenge comes to compromise, and you can achieve a great deal on your own by having an open mind and allowing yourself to think outside the box instead of breaking through your regular habits. Be creative! See what can happen.