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#KKDL: 6 Affordable Home Improvement Tips

Kerrie Kelly Design Labs shares 6 ways to redesign a home space, even on a budget. Sharing? Hashtag it with #KKDL

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Kerrie Kelly Design Labs, 6 Affordable Home Design Tips
Tip #1: Add Color to Update a room, according to Kerrie Kelly Design Labs.

You know our #KKDL tagline “ Everyone Deserves Great Design.” Often that means a great design with a great budget. Other times, it challenges us to be a little bit more strategic—pushing for some key statement pieces and pulling back in other areas that make sense. With many of us spending much more time at home these days, it’s easy to get bored by our same old surroundings. We have seen many more virtual and in-person clients being open to some big changes including moving and full renovations or new builds. In addition, with Fall upon us, it’s a great time to freshen things up with some new home decor. If money is tight, I have some good news for you. It’s easier than you think to do a beautiful home makeover on a limited budget. Here are six ways to affordably spruce up your space.

Add Color

New paint can immediately update the look and feel of a room. Try a bold new hue for your walls to liven up your living space. You can get inspiration from the colors of the year that are now just being released. When it comes to the colors you choose, keep in mind that light grays and off whites will be timeless “backdrops”. When it comes to designing your own space, however, the reality is color is very personal and you should go with the colors that appeal most to you. Unsure of how bold you want to be? Try peel and stick color samples from our partner, Sherwin-Williams.

Rearrange and Repurpose

Rearranging furniture is another effective way to transform your home, and it won’t cost you anything. Try moving some items from one room to another, or swap the location of the bed and dresser, for example. Remember, a cluttered home can be an eyesore. Reorganize and utilize the space that you have. If something is taking up too much space and you’re never going to use it again, get rid of it. Simplicity is key to a clean-living space.

Kerrie Kelly Design Lab Tips for Home Design

Love is in the Details

Adding some inexpensive accessories to enliven your space may do just the trick to boost your mood. Pick up some decorative pillows or a throw blanket and select a signature candle scent for your home. Try replacing some outdated picture frames or adding some new artwork. Checkout websites like Pulp Print Shop for inspiration that won’t break the bank.

Kerrie Kelly Design Labs Attention to Detail in Home Design

Select Secondhand

It’s not always necessary to buy expensive or brand-new items. Consider purchasing secondhand items for fabulous bargains. There’s an endless selection online to choose from. If you’re looking for higher end merchandise, you can try your favorite retailers and search their “open box” deals for deep discounts. Secondhand doesn’t necessarily mean worn and used. Many times, rugs and chairs land there simply because someone didn’t like the color.

Affordable Home Design Tips from Kerrie Kelly

Hardware Heavy

Maybe you’ve been dreaming of all new kitchen and bathroom cabinets. If that’s not an option right now, start by changing the hardware such as knobs and drawer pulls. This is a very practical, yet inexpensive way to update a look quickly. Don’t get bogged down in matching the finishes between doorknobs, hinges, knobs, pulls, and other hardware like faucets and towel bars. Mixing metals is encouraged and completely acceptable. Check your nearest home improvement center for packaged styles.

Kerrie Kelly Design Labs Hardware adds appeal

Need for Nature

Another nice touch these days is to bring the outdoors inside by adding plants and flowers. Choosing the right greenery can visually transform any room. It can make your home feel welcoming and provide a sense of tranquility. In most cases, just a little water and sunlight is all you need for healthy and great looking indoor greenery. If that’s too much work, you can also look to faux plants which provide all the beauty of real plants, with none of the maintenance.

Kerrie Kelly Design Labs, plants and interior design

Home transformations are a great way to bring a much-needed change to your space. They don’t have to be a lot of work or break the bank. In fact, redecorating can be a fun and exciting activity. Sometimes a little change is exactly what you need to feel inspired and fall in love all over again with your home. The most important thing is to be creative and have fun with it.

Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Labs
Kerrie Kelly is a Board Member of ASID and on the editorial advisory board of Furniture, Lighting & Decor

With more than 20-years of experience, Kerrie Kelly is creative director for Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, an award-winning California interior designer, author and contributor; product designer and multi-media consultant, helping national brands reach the interior design market.

Kerrie is a Fellow, Board Member and Foundation Trustee of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID); Houzz Pro Advisory Board Member; and Member of National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). She is also an avid representative, speaker and on-air talent for Outdoor Living and Livable Design initiatives. Kerrie has authored two books: Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide with Sunset Books and My Interior Design Kit, with Pearson Professional and Career Education.

We value Kerrie's input as part of our Furniture, Lighting & Decor Editorial Advisory Board. For more from Kerrie Kelly, you can visit her website, kerriekelly.com, here.


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