Glossy magazines with photographs of extravagant home interiors are not always what they seem. Here are my favorite ‘cheap tricks’ – ways that interior designers create the look of luxury on even a tiny budget. You can easily use these ideas in your own home. Your friends will be amazed to know how much (or little) you actually spent on interior design.
It is a hot trend to dress up a living room with a boxy coffee table in front of the sofa. Well, you can create a boxy coffee table using actual cardboard boxes! Use two to four solid cardboard boxes which are about the same height. Arrange them in front of the sofa and place a board on top so that it is level and stable. For stability and safety, make sure that the board does not overhang the surfaces of the boxes.
Ensure that your construction is solid and safe. This idea is appropriate for creating a table which receives light wear for displaying magazines, etc. It isn’t appropriate if there are kids or pets who might knock it over or hurt themselves on the table.
Finally, cover your makeshift coffee table with a beautiful textile, such as an old tablecloth, tapestry, or even a pretty blanket. Make sure that the cloth reaches the floor to conceal the boxes. This designer trick is a quick and easy way to lend style and comfort to a living room.
Dress up Cheap Wooden Bedroom Furniture
This idea works great with cheap new wooden furniture or bargain purchases from thrift stores. Lightly sand the surface of the furniture and paint using a whitewash paint for wood. Test the paint on in a hidden area of the furniture first to make sure you like it. This delivers instant French Country style – a cheap trick for a designer look!
Designer Window Dressings
Interior designers know that luxury fabrics can be the costliest aspect of decorating. Indeed, beautiful fabrics in window dressings convey a designer look. Yet, there is a way to bypass the expense. Make your own blinds using pretty vintage fabrics from thrift stores.
You can find a guide to making Roman blinds and many other types at the Amazon bookstore link below. Instead of buying new designer fabrics, search thrift stores for pretty fabrics such as old cotton sheets, tablecloths, etc. Lightweight cotton fabrics work especially well in the form of Roman blinds.
Another idea is to search for heavier fabrics at thrift stores to create winter curtains. You might find an old tablecloth, bed cover or even a skirt which could be made into curtains. If there is not enough fabric for curtains, try making cushions, a table skirt or other designer item. Remember Gone with the Wind and The Sound of Music? The heroines in both these films transformed curtain fabrics into designer clothes. They knew how to use ‘cheap tricks’ for a luxury look.