Think an "extreme makeover" for your home has to include sledge hammers and a general contractor? Well, interior design does not always mean knocking down walls.
Changing a few select items can bring new color and texture into an existing space - just the thing needed to brighten, lighten and transform any room in your home.
One of the easiest ways to change an interior is to start with new area rugs, which go far beyond merely providing a covering for the floor. They can serve as the impetus for a new color palette and decorating scheme, changing the entire look and feel of a room without breaking the bank.
From traditional Persians to ultra-modern works of art in knotted wool, there are more styles to choose from than ever before.
"Today's designs have a level of sophistication that just wasn't available in the past," said Joyce Lowe, carpet and decor expert for Nourison, the world's largest manufacturer of hand-made area rugs.
Are you a traditionalist? Choose an heirloom-quality Persian rug with fields of midnight blue accented with rich chocolate and gold. Want a living room that's sleek and modern? A rug from designer Calvin Klein, rich in texture, color and style, can provide the starting point.
Color is a huge component of a room's decor and should be chosen with care.
"A basic rule of thumb in interior design is to select one neutral tone and two brighter accent colors that combine in a pleasing way," Lowe said.
Area rugs from Liz Claiborne Home, made exclusively by Nourison for example, make choosing room accent colors easy because design teams have already selected colors that work well together. Simply pull and match colors from the field or design.
"Your choice of accessories should complement the decor," Lowe said.
Wall colors, window treatments and accessories are important to a good redesign but need not be expensive. Toss out pillows, curtains, candles and other accessories from your old room and bring in new ones in complementary colors and styles. You'll be surprised how dramatic the change will be.
Promote a traditional style with classic elements; a more modern look with sleeker, pared-down accents. Since the eye is drawn to like colors, stick to the use of complementary shades of metal and wood. Table and floor lamps don't need to match, but they should have some similar elements, in color or design.
Select a new area rug, change colors and accessories and you've done a truly "extreme" makeover in your home.
To view thousands of choices in all styles and price points, visit www.nourison.com.
Content provided by Metro Creative Graphics
Story provided by