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I took on the challenge to find 5 ways to change a room for under $100. My goal was to do the makeover for under $100, not simply to add one, $100 item. Tricky right? I started with the premise that I wanted a chic gray room. Gray rooms are “in” and can go from summer (with white slipcovers) to winter (with cozy throws and candles).
The five ways to change a room include: Lighting, Soft Furnishings, Accessories, Paint, and Texture.
The rooms above show the dramatic affect paint and lighting can make. From modern table lamps to discreet recessed lights, these rooms are well balanced. Also note the clever mix of accessories and textures, from woven baskets and iron to glass and wood. Furniture tends to remain neutral, and I recommend that if you have a tight budget.
These rooms emphasize the importance of varied accessories, texture and home textiles. Professionally designed rooms offer something interesting to view from floor to ceiling and everything in between. Hence, make sure your makeover considers everything from light switch plates to door knobs. Attention to detail makes a space feel "designer done". The dining room on the left can feel wintry with pussywillows and candles and summery with white roses and crisp white linens, while the bedroom can change seasons with light or darker bedding.
Here's what I used to change a room for under $100: Grey Curved Stripes Lamp Shade, Mandalay Brushed Nickel Single Rocker Wall Plate, Surya Charcoal Gray Throw Pillow, Circular 15" High Stone And Iron Candle Holder,and Small Bell Jar Glass Dome.
Photos: The Zhush, Cove and Grey.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.
Interesting to see ... thank you it's well done :)