Revealing the hidden potential in a space is one of my favorite parts of being an Interior Redesigner. Doing it on a budget is even more rewarding. We recently had the opportunity to help a young family of four transform their new suburban Huntley, IL house into a home they’ll enjoy sharing with family and friends this holiday season and beyond.
New construction is a wonderful thing. How often do you get to start with a clean palette? The downside to that sparkling new home is that EVERYTHING has to be done. From paint to window coverings, furniture to lighting, artwork to accessories. Every detail has to be tackled in order for your new house to feel like home.
We started this project by picking paint colors right after the couple moved in. Warm taupes and creams were added to cover the “builder white” walls throughout. When you’re working with a limited budget, it’s far better to make more conservative wall color choices that won’t require repainting if you don’t like them. You can always add fun colors and textures in inexpensive artwork and accessories that can be returned if they don’t quit fit the bill. Along the same lines, 2″ white, faux wood blinds were added for privacy, a staple for any home.
With the basics under control, and when the budget allowed, we turned out attention to more decorative elements. Ready-made panels were added in the living room and family room to warm up the space and make it more cozy. Finally the last step, during the actual redesign, we placed existing furniture along with a few new pieces and mixed new lighting, artwork and accessories with what the homeowner already owned to complete the look.
Our smiling homeowner was “amazed” at how much we accomplished and how much more finished the home looked in just a few hours.
So if you’re settling into a brand new home and haven’t quite gotten your new expenses under control, don’t let that stop you from having a house you’re happy to call home. With a few simple tweaks and additions you too can get more suburban bang for your buck! Happy Decorating!