Give Your House a Whole New Look on a Budget

By Annie Rosemurgy | Photographed By Shanna Wolf | All Images, Clients Of Zander’s Interiors

Are you coveting a high-design space on a big-box budget? Then turn your attention to upholstery and fabric.

“There is so much room for your personal style with the textiles available today,” says Erica Meier of Zander’s Interiors. “Bold color choices and unexpected combinations are everywhere.”

Meier advises starting by selecting comfortable, quality furniture in tried-and-true shapes. “We can’t forget about the comfort element,” she says. “A beautiful sofa that no one wants to sit on is a waste.”

Meier has mixed feelings on the topic of reupholstering existing furniture. “If you have a piece you absolutely love and is in excellent condition, reupholstery is a good option,” she says. Too often, though, items are of low quality or have significant wear and tear. Investing in new, high-quality custom furnishings means pieces will last for years to come.

Interior designer Courtney Wollersheim of FLOOR360 echoes this sentiment, suggesting that your large investment pieces remain neutral while “going for it with color and pattern” in smaller upholstered items, pillows, rugs and window treatments.

Non-traditional combinations of turquoise, mustard yellow, scarlet, deep plum and bold raspberry are just a few of the on-trend, color-saturated hues that make a room pop.

Gone are the days of “matchy-matchy design,” explains Wollersheim. “We are seeing very punchy and unexpected use of color as a trend that’s likely to stick.” Mixing vintage, ethnic and contemporary materials is another sure-fire way to create a unique style space.

Combining bold colors and patterns can feel intimidating, but there are some design hacks to take the guesswork out of the process. Focus on layering materials of varying scale. Larger, bolder graphic fabrics go well with more fine-grained patterns. Interplay textures for added depth without increasing visual busyness. The result will be a curated space that is personalized and full of style.

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