How to Get the Custom Look for Less
They say design is in the details, but what if you can’t afford those small, but expensive, components that really make an interior sing? We’re here to let you in on a few little secrets. Read on for failproof sources to get you the high-end look of your dreams—on the cheap.
Plagued by a dated tile backsplash you wish you could replace or looking to jazz up a wall in your home’s entry? Consider a wood tile, like those available from moonish inc. Removable magnetic stickers placed on the back of the wood tile and attached to the surface you’d like to cover allow you to have a striking look without any professional installation.
Custom Roman shades will add polish and sophistication to your design and are especially rich when paired with catalog drapery to create a layered look. But custom shades—not to mention the cost of the fabric yardage required by your workroom—can cost a pretty penny. Get a semi-custom look from retailers like Restoration Hardware and JCPenney where all you need are your window’s measurements and a fabric preference, and you’re on your way to a custom look for less.
Exquisite picture molding is the stuff Parisian apartment dreams are made of, but what if your suburban enclave lacks the period character of these older homes? Luxe-Architectural is here to help with their ready-made kits of primed and even-painted picture molding pieces, which can be placed directly onto doors and walls via the pre-applied adhesive backing. The perfect solution for renters looking to add architectural detail to blank walls, the molding is semi-permanent and totally removable.
As seen here in the office of Nate Berkus Associates, it’s possible to fake the look of wall-to-wall carpeting or a custom-sized area rug using cleverly camouflaged floor tiles. Flor offers a plethora of designs, colors, and materials to create a multitude of designs, which are assembled using their easy-to-use sticker system to adhere the tiles to each other in your desired arrangement.
Switch out the screw-on legs from catalog furniture providers with alternate styles and finishes to provide a custom look and distinguish your piece from thousands of others. Vendors like Sofa Leg Warehouse offer a variety of styles and hardware to coordinate with the most popular leg attachment methods.
Add architectural detail where you have none, establish a focal point in a blank space, and create a cozy place to display a variety of pillar candles by installing a faux fireplace in your home. Raw, unpainted mantles, ready to be primed, painted, installed, and admired, are available at many hardware stores including Home Depot.
Pillows that perfectly coordinate and enhance your décor can be hard to come by when you’re limited by what’s available in big box stores or in home décor catalogs. Cut corners to find the perfect accent piece for your design by opting for custom pillows from a source like Loom Decor. Select a style, fabric, trim, and stuffing to design your own throw pillows to complement your design.
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