By Barbara Pronin
Creating a stylish interior for your home is rarely a problem when money is no object. But when funds are in short supply, says interior designer Cheryl Eisen, there are plenty of tricks for achieving the luxe look you want.
Eisen, a long-time New York-based home stager who works for high-end clients, shared six practical if inexpensive tips with readers of Harper’s Bazaar:
• Use larger area rugs — The bigger the area rug, the larger the room will appear. You can save some money by fastening together two smaller, less expensive area rugs instead of purchasing one large one.
• Less is more — When it comes to shelving, opt for a minimalist look rather than cramming them with books. Stand several books upright, interspersed with vases and other decor items of various heights and colors. • Go bold or go home — Every room needs a focal point, and often it is eye-catching wall art. Use a large canvas you love on one wall or create a triptych with three separate pieces that form one visual image.
• Go for flair in the bedroom — Create a little dramatic flair in the bedroom by painting the wall behind the bed darker than the others — or by covering it with grass cloth or another textured wall covering.
• Love a room with a view — If you’re lucky enough to have a great view from your living room or office, frame it with neutral curtains so the eye is drawn to the windows and the view behind.
• Be eclectic — Decorate rooms with natural palettes, adding pops of color and texture with accessories. (A popular color scheme today is white, gray and beige.) Then search Craigslist or an upscale second hand store for eclectic pieces like a vintage chair and/or pillows in bright hues and varied shapes.