Ways to Get Designer Look on a Budget – We can’t all afford a designer home, but we sure admire the aesthetic, the effort that goes into it and the fine attention to detail. All of those things cost a fortune, but you can recreate the same look for less. Here’s how.
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Look for sources of inspiration
Pinterest, mood boards, magazines – any inspiration is good inspiration. Take a look at what’s out there and identify what kind of looks you are attracted to.
Then, narrow them down to what actually works in your space and what is actually achievable within your budget and time frame. Now that you have an idea of what you want your house to look like, you can start planning.
Devise a game plan
Designer homes have that cohesive look because the style is studied and well thought-out. Throwing some items you like together is not going to generate the same result and improvising along the way is a recipe for disaster. Starting out with a plan is key.
Splurge on your core pieces
Even on a budget, there are certain items you need to invest in, while others can be bought for less. A good quality couch, for example, is one of those pieces of furniture that will be the focus of your entire room and will be with you for years, so don’t be afraid to spend and design the room according to your splurge-worthy items.
Don’t underestimate the power of DIY
DIY is no longer what you do out of necessity, because you’re broke; it’s fashionable to get your hands dirty, so to speak, and try to create something at home, instead of purchasing it.
This way, you can recreate a lot of your favourite effects and finishes on wooden furniture, patterned or stencilled walls, etc.
Opt for vintage furniture
Vintage pieces have that “je n’ai ce quoi” that you just don’t find in new, modern items. Whether it’s the unique design or the patina that gives it that shabby chic feel, vintage furniture is an absolute staple of designer homes. Of course, this means you can almost never copy a look entirely, but you can definitely achieve a similar effect.