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Hunter Douglas window fashions are beautiful
Hunter Douglas window fashions are beautifulCourtesy of Hunter Douglas

Redesigning your living space can be an intimidating, especially when the thought of how much your dream décor may set you back hits.We all want the best, so stretching our dollars to create the home of our dreams is a tough pill that many of us swallow.There are helpful tips for designing with a specific budget in mind and Sally Morse, creative director at Hunter Douglas, the leading name in custom window fashions, says--

Take a look at these ideas:

Buy recycled: In an age where environmental safety is an important initiative, companies big and small have incorporated recycling and an awareness of the environment into their business models – and Hunter Douglas is no exception, Morse points out. Modern Precious Metals® aluminum blinds, for example, are made from 95 percent recycled material and are guaranteed to last a lifetime without fading, bowing or warping, making your new window dressings all the more worthwhile and a savvy buy.

Not to mention, the collection has recently been refreshed with new finishes and colors to suit any décor. Metallics are trending on the runaways and popping up in designer showhouses all over, why not bring the look into your own space? Morse also has her eye on kitchen counters created from paper from PaperStone, and graceful chairs made of old mattress springs from Aswoon/Susan Woods for additional eco-friendly options.

DIY: Don’t let fancy Pinterest boards intimidate you out of doing an inexpensive DIY project. The most important thing to do is to think ahead and make sure you have all necessary materials for completing the project on hand. “Make sure whatever directions you’re following are clear, and don’t be afraid to make a mistake,” says Morse. You never know what direction said “mistake” could take your project in – maybe it’s a new pattern or color you weren’t expecting, but works surprisingly well.

Match-makers are a thing of the past: “There is such a thing as décor that’s too matchy-matchy, and it can date your space,” says Morse. Rather than spending a lump sum on a matching set, mix pieces from all of your rooms around the house to save money and add flair to any room. Furniture can have a totally different look when you place it somewhere new. Or, reupholster existing furniture to refresh your space without spending on new items.

Make it last: A big part of getting a bang for your buck is a products life span. The new honeycomb shade Venue™ fabric from Hunter Douglas comes with MicroShield™ antimicrobial fabric protection, which resists the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria, helping to preserve your window treatments. Their Vintage™ fabric supports the new recycling trend, and is made of 40 percent recycled fabric available in 10 colors. With so many decorative window dressing styles that offer variable light control, don’t skimp at the window. “Lighting truly changes the overall look and feel of a room so it’s an important aspect of decorating that shouldn’t be forgotten,” says Morse.

With tips like these, creating a home that shows your style without breaking the bank can be less daunting and invites excitement into the decorating process.

About Hunter Douglas Inc.
Headquartered in Pearl River, N.Y, is the leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window fashions in North America and a major manufacturer of architectural products. The company is a national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, covering windows in every Habitat home built in the U.S. and Canada. Hunter Douglas branded products are designed, developed and custom-crafted in the U.S. and Canada.

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