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Styling on a Budget: 4 Designer Tips to Try Today

Give your home an upgrade with these expert tips from Interior Designer Catherine Cena

Photography: Marc Jao (Main Photo)

Have you always wanted to give your home a new look but scared about the costs? You are not alone! Most of us think that to be able to improve our space, we need to spend a lot of cash. Consider these must-dos: rearranging furniture, adding small decor pieces, recycling old pieces—these activities can help update your home without burning a hole in your pocket.

To help you work around your budget, interior designer Catherine Cena shares a few tips that you can do to achieve a new feel for your space while spending less. Be inspired by these four styling tricks:

Learn the art of styling

“Even if you use materials that are not so expensive, as long as the elements of style are composed well, you can make your home stylish as soon as possible,” shares Catherine. Read magazines, look for pegs online and see how you can experiment with different pieces and textures at home. See what you already have and work from there. The idea is to mix and match pieces to be able to come up with a new look.

Opt for budget-friendly accessories

Be a smart and practical shopper! Since accessories are considered as add-ons, opt for those that are cheap yet stylish. Scout for great pieces by being on the lookout for sales and visiting thrift stores.

Use plants

“A surefire way to spruce up a space on a budget is to add greens or flowers in pretty containers," suggests Catherine. Use a variety of fresh plant cuttings from your own garden and play with different heights and colors by placing them inside chic containers. If you don’t want to put them inside the usual terracotta pots, you can use other containers like glass jars or old perfume bottles.

Highlight quality pieces

“A helpful trick in styling your space is to invest in just one or two high quality materials and highlight them in the space,” says Catherine. Make your piece a focal point at home by displaying it in areas like the foyer or living area so your guests can see and appreciate it.

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