How to Get the Designer Look for Less

From color palettes and textures to furnishings and accessories, Cristi Holcombe, the interior designer behind Charm Home Design, shares how to get a designer look on a budget.


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Photo: Cristi Holcombe, via Charm Home Design.


Creative Color Palettes

B&B: What’s the best way to pick a color combo for a space that is still harmonious and soothing, and not too chaotic?

Cristi: Some people are great with colors and love to experiment, while others aren’t as comfortable with that. A good rule of thumb when making your own color selections is to stick to a neutral palette for wall colors and add in accent colors with accessories and art. This foolproof formula works in most cases. If you want to start experimenting with brighter, more saturated colors, try it in small guest rooms or powder rooms. Keep a similar color palette throughout your whole home to give it a more cohesive feeling.


Creative Color Palettes

Photo: Cristi Holcombe, via Charm Home Design.


Design on a Dime

B&B: How do you go about selecting accents to pull a bedroom together on a budget in a way that looks styled? What are some great ideas on how to source them?

Cristi: Pull from what you already own. It’s all about mixing old with new and inexpensive with pricier items to create a collected look. In this guest bedroom, I paired custom-made bedding with two fun rosette-accented pillows from Target. I also took leftover Duralee fabric from the pillows and added them as a bold graphic element to inexpensive Pier 1 wall frames above the bed. If you already have some great accessories to start with, mix in some new elements to transform the look. For designer-looking accents without the high price tag, check out designer discount stores like HomeGoods and T.J. Maxx.


Accent with Texture for a Touch of Comfort

B&B: What are your tips for incorporating the right amount of texture for a casual, chic bedroom style?

Cristi: A room with too much texture can be overwhelming. Just a few pops of bright colors and patterns, along with some type of natural woven element, go a long way. In this teen bedroom, I evenly distributed the smooth and textured surfaces throughout the room for a stark contrast. To do this successfully, I kept the bed, accent pillows and poufs at the end of the bed textured, but contrasted them with smooth surfaces on the sconces, desk and desk chair, which gave the room just enough variation and interest.


For more information about Cristi Holcombe, visit the Charm Home Design website.


by Margie Monin Dombrowski

Photography by Cristi Holcombe




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