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Interior Design Consumer Tips

Originally Posted: January 26, 2011

Designer David Solomon. (FGC)

Southampton - Most people think that the only way to change the look and feel of your home is to spend large amounts of money on living room sets, new carpeting, lighting, and other monetary solutions used to create an environment. According to Beverly Hills Designer David Solomon, "When the buck stops the creativity starts." Here are his top 10 tips he uses that help his clients save money without sacrificing style.

Paint Is Your Best Friend
One of the most affordable options as a homeowner is to paint a room. Try picking a theme or choose a color and build your room around the mood of the color.

Stick To A Theme
What do you call a Japanese, Victorian, and Modern theme? Answer: a college dorm. Try to stick to a basic theme and work with that design.

Use Visual Cues
Most people ignore very innate physical attributes of a home. Arched doorways are good for a Spanish theme. Crowned molding works well with Victorian and Art Deco styles. Wainscoting on walls can work with a country theme. Solid walls work well with modern.

Furniture Makes A Statement About The Room
One of the biggest investments you can make can be the furniture you purchase for a room, however, try to repurpose existing furniture or try using simple chairs with matching table to create a theme.

Take A Peek Under The Carpet
If you own an older home, chances are you are covering hard wood floors with that 1970s shag carpet. If you own a new home don't be afraid to pull the carpet and put down wood laminate. Engineered wood has never been more affordable.

Put Down An Area Rug
Area rugs can be purchased for as little as $200 and give a room a very expensive look. Carpet remnants make for excellent area rugs. Check out your local carpet store.

Ditch The Overhead Chandelier For Wall sconces
Lighting is the oldest trick in the book to make a room pop; just ask Hollywood filmmakers. Get creative while sticking to the theme. Create a modern room by hiding the light source or create a Victorian feel by putting wall sconces on a light fader.

Less Is More
Most people believe that every square inch needs to be filled in a room but emptiness is a statement in itself. Don't be afraid to leave a wall void of furniture.

Use Accessories
One of the least expensive ways to add color to a room with white walls is to add red pillows. Pillows, throw rugs, candles, paintings, photos, and flowers can make mild into wild.

Add A Plant
One of the best ways to make a room feel like a living space is to add living plants, like a tall leafy plant in one corner, or just get some fresh seasonal flowers for the table.

Any change you make will add to your overall curb appeal and ultimately to the value of your home. Keep in mind that outdoor improvements such as foliage, plants, and bushes take a long time to grow so plan ahead.

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