April 02, 2013
Mixing high-end furnishings and flea market finds is a longtime habit of successful interior designers. They may choose rich-looking flooring, like Anderson Hardwood Floors' Brevard collection to go with re-purposed and re-upholstered period chairs. And that's just the beginning.
A strong sense of style, creative ideas and resourcefulness help professionals and home decorators alike find additional uses for furnishings and accessories that homeowners already possess. It also means shopping at a variety of venues to come up with a combination of upscale pieces offset by those that have value, but lower price tags.
Start with quality goods
Start by investing most of your decorating dollars in the things that will be around the longest. Good quality fabrics and furniture with classic lines will last for many years. Family keepsakes and accessories that are well-loved will usually work surprisingly well with both traditional and contemporary pieces as long as there's balance in the overall look.
For example, find a flea market bench, side chair or sofa and give it new life by reupholstering it in a high-quality material. Or do the opposite - take an upscale sofa and accessorize it with inexpensive pillows. They can be changed according to season.
In the same way, an inexpensive coffee or end table will look elegant with the right choice of coffee table books or a striking sculpture. An inexpensive lamp from a second-hand store can be freshened with a coat of paint on the base and topped with a new lampshade.
Home office update
Beautiful decor doesn't have to stop at the living room, which is often viewed as the showcase room in a house. All parts of the home deserve the same treatment.
For instance, a home office may be a utilitarian space, but it doesn't have to look that way. Purchasing a desk with simple, contemporary lines from a discount store allows homeowners to splurge on a classy hardwood or fabric-covered chair to accompany it. It should also be comfortable and offer good support. Quality hardware for drawer pulls and knobs can give office storage units a high-class look as well.
In any room design, a beautiful window treatment can make the windows a focal point and tie in with the furnishings and color scheme around it.
Valances can be made of wood similar to the flooring, upholstered to go with the main pieces of furniture or treated as an accent. A valance can also be mounted over window shades, blinds or curtains.
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