When it comes to home decor, Corinne La Flamme, senior designer, Roomy Home Interiors has noticed several budget-minded design decisions that she foresees sticking around post-recession.
1 A focus on locally-made furniture and accessories
The shift towards local isn't just for foodies. Local woodworkers, artisans and furniture makers are all creating stylish, local pieces that don’t have to be shipped from hundreds of miles away to get to your living room. What began as a more affordable home decor option is becoming more and more popular regardless of budget, says Corinne. Whether it's a decorative fruit bowl or a dining room table, see what's being made in your own province, city or even neighbourhood.
2 Accessorizing with colour
Throw pillows, area rugs, vases. All of these items come in an endless array of colours and can often be purchased for very little. If you want to give a room a new look, a budget-conscious option is shopping for affordable accents. IKEA always has a myriad of bright, affordable accessories or you can scour flea markets and garage sales for unique and colourful items. Corinne says this is another trend that will remain no matter what kind of budget you’re working with.