WE NOT IN GENERAL Imagine interior designers who are particularly careful to save their clients money. You’re not bidding on $ 14,000 worth of antique Hungarian chairs or gilding the undersides of piano benches unless you are working for someone with a bottomless bench, right? In fact, designers are often asked to keep an eye on the left side of the ledger – without letting the cost cut down. So 14 of them have skillfully maintained high standards of style using strategies that are economical enough that you can try them out for yourself.
Find free art
At the home of an adventurous family in Orinda, California, designer in San Francisco Kriste Michelini I haven’t invested in expensive art and have authentic surfboards displayed all over the house. “They are the perfect work of art for this beach-loving family who wanted a casual and relaxed atmosphere,” she said.
“I re-used the Pottery Barn linen curtains by adding quality trimmings,” he said Christine Markatos Lowe. The designer from Santa Monica, California hired an upholsterer to lay a light gray modern lace from Samuel and Sons on a blue-gray linen ribbon, and then edged the ivory-colored curtains with the combination. “They looked all made to measure.”
Open dramatic doors
“Color is a necessary finish and an underrated wand,” said Phil Mahlathe New York company Belsey & Mahla. On the doors, architect Benjamin Moore’s New York State of Mind, a deep blue, “used a standard interior design component to make it special,” he said. “A fully saturated shade becomes neutral, and doorknobs, on the other hand, look beautiful.”
Find a finished mural
“We used an old opera stage set that I found at auction instead of the scenic wallpaper we wanted to do,” he said Anne Rainey Rokahr, from Trouvaille Home in Winston-Salem, NC “Cost: $ 400.”