Our first design tip involves knowing how to bargain shop. Become familiar with the retailers that consistently offer durable, well-designed pieces that are also affordable. Your go-to retailer may not be the first choice of your best friend, but all that matters is knowing what works for your budget and your style. One consistent favorite: IKEA.
Bargain shopping also means being open to incorporating used merchandise, which can be purchased for amazing prices at locations such as thrift stores, antique shows, and online retailers like eBay and Etsy. [from Queens of Vintage]
This design tip is one of today’s most popular and most celebrated money-saving techniques. Entire blogs are devoted to the art of the DIY project, and when an idea catches on, it gets maximum coverage. One of our favorite new DIY projects is this Geometric Stenciled Floor created by Sarah Sherman Samuel from Smitten Studio and A Sunny Afternoon. Instead of paying to re-tile her office floor, Sarah opted for the more budget-friendly strategy of painting the existing tile. Check out all the details at A Beautiful Mess:
As we’ve seen with the painted geometric floor above, applying a new color or design to an existing feature is a wonderful way to make a big impact. This gorgeous living room uses a feisty shade of blue as a fabulous backdrop for hues such as turquoise and coral pink. Painting the trim and ceiling the same shade gives the room a saturated, designer look. [from Summer Thornton Design]
When we move to a new place or tackle the design of another room in the home, our first instinct is often to fill every square inch of space. This puts a lot of pressure on us from both a decorative and a financial perspective. It’s OK to take your time designing a room, and it’s also OK to go with a more minimalist look. After all, a few quality pieces can make a bigger impact than a room full of clutter. [from A.R. Design Studio]
While a unified, minimalist look is fun, it’s also exciting to go with an eclectic look in your space. After all, people are often drawn to a range of styles rather than one matchy-matchy look. When we combine a variety of elements, the result is an interesting reflection of who we truly are. [fromDesign Manifest]
Just as a fresh coat of paint gives a room a delightful makeover, a bold rug has the power to beautifully transform a space. And don’t think that buying a new rug has to be a financial burden. This JERNVED rug from IKEA is highly affordable and undeniably eye-catching:
Bold lighting makes a big difference. Really. A geometric pendant light or thoughtfully placed floor lamps can elevate a room to new heights. Don’t hesitate to go with a vintage fixture, such as the round pendant light shown below. [from Bright Design Lab]
It may seem like a minor touch, but a statement centerpiece is an easy, dramatic way to take a room up a notch. This next arrangement from Articulture was previously featured in a Decoist post on tropical centerpieces. Try incorporating succulents, air plants and artful branches into a creative centerpiece that’s also an instant conversation piece!
There is power in numbers. Believe it or not, the simple strategy of grouping “like” items can make a big difference. Do you have a collection that could transform a shelf, wall or tabletop to a prominent display space? Why not celebrate a group mentality? [from John Lum Architecture, Inc.]