Designer Decorating Looks for (Way) Less

designer decorating looks for way less

With the holidays creeping up, now is the time to whip your home into shape. With a little creativity and some DIY spirit, you can pull off high-end looks in your home—and still have money for gifts.

Wood Paneled Accent Wall

A slick, modern, accent wall is the perfect backdrop for your holiday decorations and with some clever solutions; it doesn’t have to be a huge investment. Keep material costs down by using salvaged wood from delivery pallets.

Many companies give them away free. Follow the steps outlined in this tutorial for the best results.

High: $600 / Low: $20 (wood conditioner & stain)

Chevron Area Rug

A black-and-white chevron area rug combines a stunning pattern with a timeless palette that complements almost any existing color scheme. Check out this in-depth post to learn how to create the same look for less using paint to restyle a plain white area rug.

High: $453 / Low: $97 (area rug & paint)

Graphic Upholstery Fabric

Linear, graphic fabric is all the rage right now for accent chairs, headboards and ottomans. Friends and family will take notice when you spruce up an accent piece with a bold, trendy print, like this.

High: $99/yard (designer fabric) / Low: $32/yard (Spoonflower fabric)

Lia Fagan is the designer behind Mod Pieces, an online boutique featuring restyled, vintage lighting. When she’s not in the studio, she’s writing for Scoutie Girl and teaching others how to “design outside the lines” on her blog, Mod Nest.