18 Budget-Friendly Makeovers
Sleek Surface: Anne Turner ripped out the old carpet and had hardwood floors installed.
Fabric Fix: An inherited sofa, recently re-covered, is the linchpin for everything else in the room.
Beautiful Balance: Creamy-toned paint on the walls balances the room’s darker elements. To highlight the architecture, she painted the crown molding and baseboards a grayish-green and the window sashes dark olive.
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Pillow Fabric: Circles in Chocolate from Galbraith & Paul; www.galbraithandpaul.com or (215) 508-0800
Easy Green: Stephanie began with the easiest remedy for bland rooms―she painted the walls Celadon Green from Benjamin Moore. The spring green immediately brightened the spaces and created the perfect base for Stephanie’s collection of brightly hued furnishings and accessories.
Nature's Own: In the dining room, she tempered the bold hues of the living room with shades of green and brown. Mother Nature couldn’t have done it any better.
Draperies: Bengal in Spring from Calico Corners, www.calicocorners.com or 1-800-213-6366
China Cabinet: no longer available; for a similar look, try Garrett Glass Cabinet from Pottery Barn, www.potterybarn.com or 1-888-779-5176.
Cottage Chic: Jennifer created a light and bright look with her mix of minimalist accessories and flea market savvy. “This room has sparseness, but it’s not contemporary,” Jennifer says.
Simple Style: Lightening the look begins with white on the walls. Black accents and industrial-look pieces such as the metal reproduction French bistro chairs add an urban edge.
Affordable Accent: Instead of a chandelier, this paper lantern “glows like a moon”. Plus, it adds big style for a low price. Jennifer paid less than $30 for hers.
Round Paper Lantern in white: For a similar look, check out the round paper lanterns at www.paperlanternstore.com.
Pattern and Texture: The bold geometric pattern instantly adds a huge dose of style to the room, while Japanese raffia wallpaper lends subtle texture to the walls.
Design Details: Crown molding and a beaded-board ceiling create architectural charm. Blue-painted trim adds energy to the scheme.
Fine Furniture: A new desk and bookcase offer sufficient storage, and a tufted armchair and ottoman give me a space to relax with a book or late-night work.
Pale Perfection: The first step was to cover the entire room, including the wood floor, in white paint. Then she established a largely monochromatic color scheme.
Stylish Seating: Dark-toned furniture pieces ground the light and airy space. Each window seat cushion is made from foam, cut to fit and covered in a fabric remnant. Brown-and-white throw pillows add pattern and interest.
Chairs and Leather Ottoman: World Market; www.worldmarket.com or 1-877-967-5362
Custom Carpentry: The old fixtures were removed, and a carpenter opened up the wall and built a platform to raise the height of the washer and dryer.
Surface Smarts: Beaded board lines the top half of the closet, and a concrete countertop serves as a bar for mixing drinks during parties.
Concrete Countertop: For a similar custom look, try www.cementry.com or (205) 599-9941.
Storage Smarts: Colorful containers and modular shelving hold utility room necessities and more.
Artful Accessories: Leigh Anne displays collectibles to add fun and life to a room that is normally neglected.
Sleeper Hit: A modern four-poster bed bridges past and present and gives the otherwise contemporary space a dash of Southern romanticism. Designer Jodi Macklin dressed the bed in a quilted silk duvet in a soft shade of gray. Navy pillows and an antique needlepoint lumbar pillow in navy and white highlight the bed.
Whitewash: A fresh coat of white paint freshens the room without making
it too bright to be relaxing.
Window Dressing: Contemporary patterned fabric panels draw the eye to the windows and to the backyard beyond.
Room for Two: Upholstered headboards give both twin beds more presence and create symmetry on either side of the window.
Sunny Shade: Pale yellow quilts continue the light feel established on the walls.
Clever Containers: Storage cubes at the end of each bed pull double duty as suitcase stands when company comes.
Upholstered Headboards: Squire Headboard in Arden Green from Ballard Designs; www.ballarddesigns.com or 1-800-367-2775
Combine Fabrics: A mix of three different florals yields a layered look.
Address the Bed: A nail-studded fabric headboard, matching bed skirt, and wall sconces make for a grand bed.
Draperies: Peyton Drapes from Pottery Barn; www.potterybarn.com or 1-888-779-5176
Wall and Trim Paint: Summer White (7557) by Sherwin-Williams
Pillow on Bed: Sunswick in Pink by Sister Parish Design, Inc.; www.sisterparishdesign.com or (914) 234-7452
Headboard Fabric: Slubby Basket in Spray from Calico Corners; www.calicocorners.com or 1-800-213-6366
One of a Kind: A custom headboard upholstered in crewel inspires the rest of the room.
A Completed Package: Coordinating bed linens, simple draperies, and a space-enlarging mirror make this the kind of room visitors won’t want to leave.
Show-Off Shade: The vibrant pink paint on the walls is any little girl’s dream.
Good Night White: The bright walls are tempered by creamy whites on the bed: a heady mix of ruffles and matelassé from Pine Cone Hill and an elegant but wallet-friendly headboard from www.target.com.
Area Rug: Shaggedy Shag Cream Rug by Shaw Living from Lowe’s; www.lowes.com or 1-800-445-6937
Sweet Retreat: “Overall, we were going for a casual cottage look. We wanted somewhere any tiny person would feel safe, comfortable, and calm,” Catherine says.
Color Secret: Sage green is the new yellow in gender-neutral nurseries.
Twin Bed: Claudia Bed in Distressed Antique White from Pottery Barn; www.potterybarn.com or 1-888-779-5176
Accent with Color: Fabric and furniture in sky blue, orange, and chocolate brown really pop against bright white walls, which visually enlarge the space.
Follow the Rules: “My goal was to make this room useful and stylish,” says Lee. “I’m a fierce editor. My only decorating rule is to use things that you love. It’s a less-is-more approach that really works.”