Budget decorating
Dec 17, 2014

How-to: Get luxe looks for under $100

By: Sara Cation
How-to: Get luxe looks for under $100

Budget decorating
Dec 17, 2014

How-to: Get luxe looks for under $100

By: Sara Cation

Get a luxe look in under $100 with these beautiful decor accessories.

Looking for big impact on a small budget? We challenge some of Canada’s designers to share how they achieve a modern luxe look for less than $100.

 

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How-to: Get luxe looks for under $100

Marble tile backsplash

“Splurge on a marble tile backsplash – a small area like this can come in for less than $100 if you do the labour yourself.” - Nam Dang-Mitchell, Nam Dang-Mitchell Design.

By: Sara Cation Source: Nam Dang-Mitchell Design Credits: Style at Home

How-to: Get luxe looks for under $100

Decorating with natural materials

“Sheathe an obtrusive bulkhead in reclaimed barnboard to add character and interest. The wood we used here was actually found in an abandoned barn in the country.” - Nam Dang-Mitchell, Nam Dang-Mitchell Design.

By: Sara Cation Source: Nam-Dang Mitchell Design Credits: Style at Home

How-to: Get luxe looks for under $100

DIY floral arrangement

“Make a sculptural centrepiece inspired by real cherry blossom branches. Strip the bark from an interestingly shaped branch and remove the buds from a silk flower or two. Glue the buds onto the branch in an organic pattern for an effect that will last for seasons.” - Ryan Martin & Amy Kent, Croma Design.

By: Sara Cation Source: Croma Design Credits: Style at Home

How-to: Get luxe looks for under $100

Chinese paper lantern

“A chic way to save money while searching for your dream dining room light fixture is to install an ultra-affordable three-foot-wide Chinese paper lantern. The white globe looks fantastic, plus it glows softly when lit to create a wonderful atmosphere for dining.” - Colleen McGill, McGill Design Group.

By: Sara Cation Source: McGill Design Group Credits: Style at Home

How-to: Get luxe looks for under $100

Painting stripes

“Make a bland room bold by painting stripes on the walls: vertical for low ceilings, horizontal for high.” - Scott Yetman, Scott Yetman Design.

By: Sara Cation Source: Nina Teixeira Credits: Style at Home

How-to: Get luxe looks for under $100

Cushion inserts

“Luxe up a room by upgrading your toss cushion inserts from fibre to decadent down. IKEA ones are cheap – they’re the best-kept secret!” - David Overholt, David Overholt Interior Design, 416-944-0358.

By: Sara Cation Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

How-to: Get luxe looks for under $100

Vintage prints and fabrics

“When I travel, I love to buy vintage prints and fabrics. Framing the prints in inexpensive frames and creating a collage of photos is a great way to make a big impact. I also love to stretch the fabrics on frames made for canvases as they are works of art in their own right.” - Alykhan Velji, Alykhan Velji designs.

By: Sara Cation Source: Bookstrucker Photography Credits: Style at Home

How-to: Get luxe looks for under $100

Stencilling

“If the word stencilling conjures images of bad 1980s sponge designs, prepare to be amazed. Royal Design Studio has amazing Moroccan and Indian-style stencils you can use on furniture, stair risers, floors and walls for an ornate, impactful look.” - Samantha Sacks, Sam Sacks Design.

By: Sara Cation Source: Royal Design Studio Credits: Style at Home

How-to: Get luxe looks for under $100

Abstract expressionist painting

“Why not test out your creative skills and try your hand at some abstract expressionist painting? Grab a canvas and some acrylic paints in your chosen colour scheme and, who knows, you could be the next Jackson Pollock!” - Jessica Kelly, Jessica Kelly Design.

By: Sara Cation Source: Tara Noelle Credits: Style at Home

How-to: Get luxe looks for under $100

Ceiling medallion

“A ceiling medallion adds instant architectural appeal, formality and elegance to a space. These ones were less than $75 each!” - Trevor Ciona & Curtis Elmy, Atmosphere Interior Design.

By: Sara Cation Source: Atmosphere Interior Design Credits: Style at Home

How-to: Get luxe looks for under $100

Instagram photos

“Make personalized art with your own Hipstamatic or Instagram snapshots – the apps have beautiful filters, and smartphones take good-quality photos. Choose an inexpensive frame and splurge on the mat for a high-end professional effect.” - Samantha Sacks, Sam Sacks Design.

By: Sara Cation Source: Sam Sacks Design Credits: Style at Home

How-to: Get luxe looks for under $100

New hardware

"Give an instant lift to your kitchen cabinetry with new hardware. Restoration Hardware’s Duluth pulls in polished nickel make a striking style statement.” - Colleen McGill, McGill Design Group.

By: Sara Cation Source: McGill Design Group Credits: Style at Home


 
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