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Cheaper items ‘can contribute to interior design makeover’

You do not have to spend a vast sum of money to bring a new lease of life to your interior design.

That is the message from Susan Llewellyn, founder of the Susan Llewellyn Academy of Interior Design, who said there are some extremely interesting and stylish designs and looks to be found at the budget end of the market. Indeed, she recommended taking a look on the high street at some of the cheaper options for your property.

Of course, the ideal first step is to hire a professional local tradesman – such as a painter, decorator or builder – to give your abode a lift. He might do this by redecorating, adding a spectacular new feature or even changing the layout of your rooms.

But whatever you opt for, you can be confident the materials will be available to you at the right price, as long as you shop in the right places.

“[Consumers] want quality and they will be thinking quite carefully before they spend because obviously money is tight. They want to be able to get good value and longevity out of it,” Ms Llewellyn stated, adding: “The cheaper end of the high street [is] producing quality as well. They are doing things that are unusual, so I don’t think one should ever spurn what is going on in the high street.”

If another expert – Philiep Caryn, communications and sponsorship manager at Quick-Step – is to be believed, then the ultimate home improvement at this time might be to have new flooring laid. He recommended laminate as a stylish and practical solution to give your home a boost.

Whatever you decide, it is worth taking a look at exactly what is on offer, particularly in some of the more affordable stores and sectors of the retail industry. You never know how much of a bargain you are about to pick up.

If you think you’re ready for a new-look home and wish to find a well-regarded professional decorator to offer you a quote, head to RatedPeople.com for an extensive database of quality tradesmen.

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