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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Budget Interior Design Advice

Decorating on the lower end of the price range can be a struggle but not with this interior design advice. When you have less cash to spend; it seems you get less décor selections.

Choose to decorate significant rooms that are the most important to you, and take it one project at a time – it’s the key to saving money. Interior decorating on a budget will be less of a struggle and, ultimately, rewarding!

Here is a list of interior design tips to decorate the different rooms in your house for less than $1000.00 per space:

1. Budget Living Room Interior Design Advice(total spent: $972.99)

Sofa Bed SectionalA practical choice for living room seating is a convertible sofa bed sectional. It’s two pieces of furniture in one – a comfy couch and a guest sleeping spot.

Look for practical features, like inside storage and reclining abilities. Always see how many pieces you can get when buying a sofa – you’ll save time and money if it comes with at least two, like a chaise lounge or an ottoman.

Outdoor Natural RugIf you’ve noticed a dent or stain in your hardwood flooring or carpet, you might be thinking about getting it replaced.

A cheaper option is to cover up the imperfection with a stylish rug or mat . It might seem odd to cover up carpet with a rug, but if the rug you select is a completely different texture than your carpet, it will balance out. Make sure the colour of the rug looks right with the carpet colour, or else it will appear out of harmony.

Black Coffee Table WoodLooking for a coffee table? Just a normal table with no features isn’t the most practical choice.

If you’re low on storage, try finding a coffee table with built-in drawers or shelves . A table made of durable hardwood will last the longest, and finding a table in a solid colour or shade (like basic black) will never go out of style, so you won’t have to replace it for years to come.

Leather Picture FrameAn easy way to add some modern style to your living room is by adding a few chic photo frames (Zodax Modern Chic Faux Patent Leather 4 x 6 Photo Frame).

However, they don’t have to be limited to family photos only – get creative and frame old postcards, greeting cards, or handmade art. Place the frames on end tables, your fireplace mantle, or the TV stand.

2. Budget Dining Room Design Advice (total spent: $888.99)

Dinette SetDining rooms are usually considered to be a formal sitting area, but if you want to liven your dining room up a little with a cool modern look, try a glass dining 5 piece dining set.

Since dining sets come with a table and matching chairs, they’re normally less expensive than purchasing a table and chairs individually.

Corner CD DVD Storage TowerA great place to put extra storage is the dining room.

Since this space is normally restricted to a table and chairs, you’ll have some leftover room in the corners. Utilize this space to its full potential by adding a corner pantry storage tower. Store the good china, silverware, placemats, and whatever else needs a place in its cabinets.

Storage cabinets cost less than installing a shelving unit, and far less than a fancy glass curio cabinet but still looks stylish. Plus, it leaves more storage space available for you in your kitchen.

Teardrop Crystal ChandelierTo add a touch of class and a focal point to your dining room, consider installing a crystal chandelier. Chandeliers with one light are the least expensive option, and they still give off the sophistication of a full chandelier.

3. Budget Kitchen Design Advice (total spent: $599.99)

Soda Shop Breakfast NookIf you want to have a little fun in your kitchen, consider putting in a retro-inspired soda shop breakfast nook.

Extra seating is always a good investment choice in the kitchen – a breakfast nook is suitable for quick meals, waiting for your food to be done, or seating for guests.

Nook sets are normally constructed for corners, so be sure to take measurements and see if a corner in your kitchen has enough room to hold extra seating.

Artsy Wall ClockSince the kitchen is generally the heart of the home, where all the hustle and bustle is contained, you’re going to want a wall clock in there so everyone knows the exact time .

Don’t stick to traditional clocks – you can find fun, low-cost artsy wall clocks out there that will enhance the look of your kitchen.

Some clocks on the market have numbers that are exceptionally hard to read, so look for a clock with numbers that are big and bold. There are designer clocks out there with no numbers at all – how do you expect to tell the time quickly with those? Look for a clip-on feature on a clock – when hanging it to the wall, you won’t leave nail marks!

Natural 3 Wick CandleThe kitchen is also a place of unusual smells. To clear out the odd scents of meals past, and give the kitchen some flair, put in decorative scented candles .

They look great on the kitchen island, a windowsill, or on top of the fridge.

4. Bedroom (total spent: $760.45)

Platform Bed SetAnother great set to consider is a platform bed set . In general, you can get a bed frame, dresser, and mirror with one of these sets.

Of course, sets are more practical since they’re quick to order – you’re only making one purchase! There are plenty of styles and set combination’s out there, so think about what design style and the certain pieces you’d like to have.

Brown Comforter SetFreshening up the look of your bedroom is as easy as changing the comforter.

Try to choose a comforter set – they will save you money and time because you won’t have to buy the items (like bed skirts and pillow cases) separately.

Machine-washable fabrics, like cotton, are the best choices because they are light, breathable, durable, and of course washable – giving you the best deal for your dollars.

Round Mirror SetAnother set that makes for inexpensive design is a mirror set .

Because the mirror is divided up into different pieces, you can constantly change around their order, which will always keep your design fresh. You won’t ever feel like replacing it. Could you do that with a one piece mirror?

5. Budget Kid’s Bedroom Design Advice (total spent: $269.99)

Twin Trundle BedWhen your child has a friend over to spend the night, a great bed for them to have is a bed with a built-in trundle.

The trundle bed is a pull-out bed from the bottom, so you don’t have to pump up an air mattress or lay down an old futon mattress for their guest.

Round PillowSometimes all you need to keep a room decorated is a throw round pillow . Show your kids an assortment of lower-priced decorative pillows, and let them choose their favourite for their bed. It not only ties their bed together, it’s comforting to sleep with!

White Wood Toy BoxKids can leave their toys and books all over the room. Where’s the design style in that? Encourage your kids to put away their belongings in a toy box.

If you find a basic, inexpensive box, you can always paint it to your child’s liking. Choosing a themed toy box isn’t the best idea, because the theme will eventually go out of style.

Classic toy boxes will last much longer, and can eventually be moved into their teenage room for shoe or magazine storage!

6. Budget Patio Design Advice (total spent: $270.00)

Torch Candle HolderA cute and clever way to display your candles on your deck is by installing a few clamp-on candle torch lanterns .

Traditional torches are limited to where they can be placed, but the clamping feature makes it more versatile, therefore more practical. Plus, candles are natural light (obviously) and don’t need to be plugged in anywhere – saving money on the electrical bill!

Outdoor Bistro Set Outdoor Bistro sets are a charming and inexpensive addition to a patio.

Most bistro sets have a charismatic, wrought iron look, but the cheaper versions are actually made with aluminium – which is rust-proof, unlike iron! These sets come with two seats, so if you’re looking for more, you’re going to have to buy them separately.

Cedar Garden Deck TileIf you’ve been wanting to update your patio’s flooring without tearing it up, consider selecting wooden cedar garden deck tiles.

These cedar deck tiles don’t come with any hooks or clips, so they are easy to move around. Tile a certain area of your patio, like the space under your outdoor table, or underneath potted plants. You can also cover up water damaged or ripped areas on your patio.

7. Budget Bathroom Design Advice (total spent: $302.00)

Black Shower CurtainWhen it comes to interior design, sometime the bathroom is overlooked. What do you do to improve your bathroom’s look without spending a fortune on renovations? Start with a shower curtain!

Shower curtains come in as many textures and styles as comforters these days, so it won’t take you long to find a design you love.

Try to pick quality over price, and don’t go with a print that’s super trendy – if you opt for a classic look that isn’t made of cheap plastic, it will last much longer, and won’t need to be replaced in the near future.

Chrome FaucetUpdated hardware can always revive the look of your bathroom.

Try adding a new chrome faucet to your sink , in updated metals like stainless steel and chrome. Installing it yourself will save money, since you won’t be hiring a contractor.

Tempered Glass Bowl SinkAlso think about adding an up-to-date sink .

Bowl sinks that rest on countertops are fashionable at the moment, but don’t feel like a trend – they’re visually appealing and they catch water more efficiently. There’s also a wide selection of these modern-day sinks – they’re available in many different colours and finishes.

8. Dorm Room (total spent: $497.99)

Everybody knows that dorm rooms are extremely low on space. So how do you decorate one while on a budget and trying to save space at the same time?

Futon Frame and Mattress SetStart off with a futon – it can convert easily from a couch to a bed, so you won’t need both pieces in your room.

Try to find a futon with as little detailing as possible to save space, and pick one out that already includes a mattress – you’ll save time and money!

Coffee Table Magazine ShelfFrame your futon with a pair of end tables (Southern Enterprises Mission Wood Magazine Table).

You’ll want end tables that are easily moved around, and not just built to hold a drink. Look for tables with racks and/or drawers to store extra items, and make sure they are small enough to fit into your dorm room.

Coffee Table Lift TopA coffee table is a perfect centerpiece for a dorm room , especially if it comes with extra features. A lift top coffee table is ideal for storage, as well as a rack and a drawer on the bottom.

You can store your books, CDs, movies, and more in a storage coffee table – it will leave precious room in your dresser for clothes! Make sure you take down the measurement of the coffee table you want to see if it will fit into your dorm, and see if it has casters – they will make it easier to move around!

Grand total: $4562.40 (less than 5 grand for a whole house!)

Take this final Interior Design Advice to add to your cost-friendly design plans:

  • Re-arrange your furniture. Research placement plans on the Internet and find a way to make your current furniture work for you and your space – no new furniture purchase required!
  • Clean up! If you’ve got dust or pet hair everywhere, or clutter spilling out of closets, it can interfere with the design plan you’re going for. Once you have everything neat and organized, you can focus on the design style you’re after – not the mess!
  • If you have any tired-looking wooden cabinets, tables, or chairs, consider staining them a different shade. It will instantly update the look of the wood and make it seem like you bought new furniture. Finish off with a sealer or varnish to make your wood last a long time.
  • Take down any bulky curtains. You might find that the room becomes more open and inviting!

Let me know what worked for you, how did you save money on your latest design project?

Nicolette Interior Design Diva

Bedroom Design Ideas on a Budget

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Bedroom Furnitue & Design Ideas

Budget Bedroom Design Ideas

In every home the bedroom should be a tranquil design haven. The image of fluffy pillows, fresh cotton sheets and vast airy space springs to mind. In all reality, the bedroom ends up being the most ignored room in the house when it comes to interior decorating. Designing a bedroom can be expensive but with these budget design ideas your bedroom can be a designer tranquil dream!

But when you finally get round to doing something about it, you may realise you haven’t much money to spend on the renovation. Fortunately, there are some helpful tips to affordable bedroom design that will transform your sleeping space into that little sanctuary you always wanted.dark chocolate nightstand

Start off by rearranging the furniture. Sometimes just ‘’refreshing’’ the space makes a dramatic difference. If you find a lot of clutter has accumulated over the years, invest in some storage containers to slide under the bed. Nightstands can also be used in this way, such as the South Shore Back Bay Nightstand in Dark Chocolate. The more space you can make available, the more relaxing your bedroom will feel.

Painting your room a colour that you love is a quick, inexpensive method. Light colours inspire a serene atmosphere, whereas darker hues set a more intimate mood. Try and avoid vibrate shades, as they stimulate your mind and make it difficult to get that much needed shut-eye!

Perhaps select a theme to base your decorating around. If you want to transform your boudoir into a Moroccan suite, opt for terracotta and sand coloured paints, cushions, as well as a stripy rug. Cushions are inexpensive and can fit into any theme. Layers of pillows create a homely appearance, whereas a selection of big floor pillows encourage a ‘’kick back and relax’’ feel. For a more romantic atmosphere, use soft colours, luxurious fabrics and invest in some scented candles. These are affordable bedroom designs that can express your personality.

four post metal and wood bedBut the most important design feature is the bed. It has to be the perfect size for two reasons. If too large, your bedroom will appear smaller than it actually is. If the bed is not big enough, you have some uncomfortable nights ahead of you! The Hillsdale Madison Metal and Four Post Wood Bed is available in twin, full, queen and king sizes. So whatever your budget or bedroom size, you have an option. The design of the bed can also be incorporated into a traditional themeThick Firm Memory Foam Mattressd room as well as a modern one.

Even if you tighten the purse strings on the bed, invest in a decent mattress. The 11 inch thick firm memory foam mattress by Memory Mattress is a good example. It is important to seek comfort in this area, as the majority of people spend approximately 50 hours a week sleeping.

Dark Chocolate Headboard in Queen, Full, Twin and King Very AffordableIf you already have a comfortable bed and just need a focal point to liven up the room, perhaps introduce a bold headboard. Take the South Shore Furniture Back Bay Dark Chocolate Headboard. It can be purchased separately, and is an affordable way to give an old bed a new lease of life.

For an even more economical technique, contemplate new sheets! A new duvet cover can offer a transformation when it comes to a fresh colour scheme or the overall look.

Bedroom design does not have to cost a fortune. Focus on creating a tranquil space for all stress and worries to disappear. Including storage, soft cushions or even a new bed can make all the difference. Affordable does not have to mean limited. The possibilities for your bedroom design are endless, even on a budget.

I would love to see what you come up with! Need help post a picture or questions lets see what we can come up with for your budget bedroom design! Nicolette Interior Design Diva

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