Many people see designing a new or existing space as a daunting task. It can seem overwhelming, and even deciding on a budget can stop a project in its tracks. This is where an Interior Designer can come in to really get things on track. And just because you might have a smaller budget in mind doesn't mean that most designers won't be willing to work with that. Many designers see working within a budget a great challenge that leads to even greater outcomes. When there is a tight budget, designers are tasked with looking outside the box and coming up with creative ways to make the space pop!
Here at Donna DuFresne Design, we recently finished a project for a client who didn't want to spend a lot, but needed to update their new home. This 1950s ranch style home in SW Portland included a makeover for two bathrooms and a living/dining room for around $10,000.
Some of the ways to stay on budget that were used for this project include:
-Utilizing existing furniture that the client already owned and giving it a makeover. For example, this can be done by recovering existing furniture that has great bones or painting/refinishing a piece that has been sitting around and needs some tlc.
-Craigslist! If you have some patience and a little bit of luck, shopping on your local craigslist can be a great source for budget pieces that might be worth a lot more than what someone is asking. The gorgeous and unique coffee table now residing in the living room area was a craigslist steal.
-Retail stores such as Target or Ikea can be a good source for finding some fun pieces to fill out the space that won't cost you an arm or a leg. The 'bug' pillow on the couch, found at Target, adds some interest to the space without overspending.
-Online shopping is another way to get more bang for your buck. Try out Lex Mod, Overstock, or One Kings Lane for some budget friendly finds. The dining set was a great addition from Lex Mod. Be sure to read all the fine print when purchasing online though so you are not surprised at what shows up at your door.
-Finally, a new paint color is a great way to change the look and feel of a space without spending a lot. Talk with your designer to find the perfect color.
So the next time you are stressing over changing your space without breaking the bank, think about talking to some local design professionals to utilize their expertise!
Have a look at these before & after photos, and see what is truly possible for your own space!