ARCADIA, WI -- (Marketwire) -- 04/01/13 -- We all want our homes to have designer touches like the ones we see in magazines and model homes; unfortunately, those high-end professional looks often come with a high-end price tag. So how can you design a space that looks the part without breaking the bank?
"It doesn't take a lot of money to transform your space into something extraordinary," says Brenda Dillon, VP of Merchandising. "With a few smart choices and some simple design tricks, it's possible to recreate the magic in your own home -- without spending tens of thousands of dollars."
Here are eight affordable design tricks from Ashley Furniture HomeStore that'll give you the look you want for less:
1. Declutter. No matter how nice a living room, bedroom or kitchen may be, it'll never look good if it's sloppy. Spending a few days overhauling the clutter and organizing your space is one of the easiest ways to give your home a dramatic makeover, at almost no cost. If it's in your budget, consider a professional cleaning service to give every room a once over. If not, encourage (a.k.a. bribe) family members, a relative or a friend to come and help you get the job done.
2. Paint. Nothing lends a fresh, new look to a room more quickly and easily than a coat of paint. Whether it's crisp white or a neutral hue, choose a high-quality, high-pigment paint to create an air of sophistication and affluence to your space. If you have outdated cabinets and can't afford to replace them, a quick coat of paint can do wonders. Don't forget to paint interior doors and trim to get rid of scuff marks and add a crisp, clean look.
3. Be a copy cat. When it comes to furniture, it can be a lot like fashion. While you may not be able to afford the exact designs that the celebrities are donning, chances are you can find some quality items that'll give you nearly the same look. Whether you like contemporary, old world, metro modern, traditional classics, or vintage casual, it's easy to find some inspiration either online, in a magazine, or in a model home and replicate it -- often for a fraction of the cost. (Tip: Invest in one or two designer pieces, like a sofa, art work, or accent chair, and build the room around it.) If your budget is ultra-tight and your couch and chairs have seen better days, consider reupholstering or a good cleaning -- then add a stylish throw or a few toss pillows to cover up imperfections.
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