It’s a common misconception that decorating your home with expensive pieces is the only way to make it stand out. Whether you want a minimalist, modern, bohemian, or eclectic design aesthetic, there are countless ways to enhance your space without breaking the bank. To inspire your next look, we asked five inspirational interior designers to share their favorite pieces for your home. They share insight into how they made the decor work for their style, and they offer useful advice on how you can too.
When it comes to planning the overall look of your home, you can always find ideas and related products that complement the current design trends (don’t miss our roundup of smart home interior ideas for 2022). And if you have a passion for crafts, consider adding character to your home with creative DIY home decor projects or by upcycling your pieces. Before you even think about renovating and buying an inordinate amount of decoration that might break the bank, see how these designers beautify homes in a cost-effective way.
Hide clutter in woven floor baskets
As the founder and lead designer of NJA Interiors, Naïka Andre combines her Haitian heritage with her love of travel to create bold and vibrant designs in a space. At their client’s home, they incorporated a colorful Senegalese woven floor basket into the design she purchased from a local small business in Brooklyn, NY. While their customers use it to store blankets, the storage options are endless. “It’s multifunctional and works in different environments,” says Naïka. “You can use it as a shoe rack in your entryway, as a laundry basket in your bathroom, or to store toys in the family room.”
View wall murals or paint your own
Emma founded her design company Emma Beryl Interiors in 2015. In her work you will find a combination of vintage and modern pieces, as well as a mix of unexpected materials that make a room pop. That includes decorating this nursery with an eye-catching mural – perfect for bringing creativity and a spirit of adventure into a room. “When designing a child’s room, it’s important to consider color and imagination to bring the space to life,” she says. “I love that this mural feels appropriate for a toddler, but is also something that an older child will love.” Emma considers a child’s room to be “one of the best places to take risks and have some fun”.
With botanical artwork
Bria Hammel, Founder and Creative Director of Bria Hammel Interiors, loves adding botanical artwork to projects. “For the sunroom on our Fargo project, we chose this black and white eucalyptus art as it adds the perfect contrast to the white mantel for a graphic, statement-making moment,” she says. If you don’t have a green thumb but love plants, botanical artwork can easily be incorporated into any part of your home for a vibrant aesthetic.
Add green to the room
Atlanta-based designer Imani James uses fresh flowers and plants in her interiors. “Fresh greenery is particularly attractive when placed in vignettes, on bedside tables, and in empty corners,” she says. “Hydrangeas and orchids immediately add a touch of elegance.” Her favorite plants are monsteras, birds of paradise, and snake plants because they can take up space in empty corners while improving indoor air quality.
Note from Imani: “Snake plants help convert used carbon dioxide back into oxygen during sleep. So they are especially beneficial in the bedroom!”
Create photo gallery walls
As the founder of Ivyleaf Interior Decor, Jeannelly Jay loves to create photo galleries to brighten up empty walls – especially in common areas like entryways or living rooms. While they add character to your interior, she also believes they are great conversation starters. “The best way to create a photo wall is to choose images that you absolutely love that will be printed in the same orientation,” she explains. “Be it vertical or horizontal, as long as the sizes of the images are the same, you can create a clean and symmetrical design.”
Jeannelly’s design tip: Photo walls can be easily arranged with a measuring tape, pencil and spirit level (for a perfect hanging). If you find the task too difficult, she suggests hiring a handyman for a clean install.
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