Decorating Tips: How to Get a Custom Home Feel on a First Time Homebuyer Budget

Posted By on August 1, 2010

Going to home shows can be a great way to find tips & tricks from the experts on how to make your home feel like it was decorated by a professional.

One of the perks of being in this business is that I get to work with professional architects & decorators who know their stuff and can make any home look like a custom home with a few simple tricks.  Move over HGTV…here are Potterhill’s tips & tricks to making your home feel custom built!

  1. Save magazine articles & ads that show room styles you want to copy. Save these for a few months prior to picking any colors or selections for your home.  You’ll begin to see patterns in your style.  For instance, every time I see a kitchen with white cabinets, dark hardwood floors and tile accents, I tear it out.  That style just speaks to me.  I have a box full of ideas, all taken from magazines. Be sure to tear out multiple rooms, not just kitchens or bathrooms. 
  2. Don’t be afraid to mix and match wood stains in your home.  For instance, lighter maple color cabinets look great with walnut color floors. This gives your home a custom look without spending a bundle.
  3. If you can’t afford hardwood, consider vinyl floors that look like hardwood, but don’t cost as much as hardwood. If you’re on a budget I would recommend this product for most rooms. 
  4. Use paint wisely.  Refer to my first point above.  Do you notice that you have 10 articles in your stack that all have light blue walls? A little paint will give any room a fabulous face lift. Also, don’t be afraid to use contrasting paint colors from room to room.
  5. A painted front door & / or garage door will give a facelift to the exterior of your home. Don’t be afraid to contrast colors on your home.  The Sherwin Williams website has a great tool to help you decide on exterior paint…and you can even upload a photo of your own home so you can see what the paint will look like BEFORE you buy it! http://www.sherwinwilliams.com
  6. Lighting and bath faucets are a relatively inexpensive way to change up a room. Any home improvement store will have more choices than you can handle! These are also relatively easy installations for the do-it-yourselfer.
  7. Ikea.  Need I say more? I love their billboard that says, “A Sofa Can Be an Impulse Buy.” So true.
  8. Slip covers over your furniture can help you get the room you’ve always wanted without buying new furniture.
  9. Be sure to set a budget and target one room at a time.  You’ll feel better about your project if you actually complete one room as opposed to partially completing 3 rooms.

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About the author

Carolyn Rolfes is the President of Potterhill Homes. And she's also a Rolfes - as in daughter of Dan Rolfes, the infamous Red Tag Man of Holiday Homes. So what does that say about Carolyn and who she is? Plenty. When you grow up the daughter of man who does commercials in his red underwear, you have no choice but to have a great sense of humor and humility from a very young age. Carolyn and Dan founded Potterhill Homes in 2001 and she has grown it to be one of the most successful home builders in Cincinnati. Home building is in her blood and she has a keen awareness of what consumers look for in a new home and how to deliver value at all levels. And while we don't make Carolyn dress up in green underwear for our commercials, we bet she would if we asked!

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Carolyn Rolfes is the President of Potterhill Homes. And she's also a Rolfes - as in daughter of Dan Rolfes, the infamous Red Tag Man of Holiday Homes. So what does that say about Carolyn and who she is? Plenty. When you grow up the daughter of man who does commercials in his red underwear, you have no choice but to have a great sense of humor and humility from a very young age. Carolyn and Dan founded Potterhill Homes in 2001 and she has grown it to be one of the most successful home builders in Cincinnati. Home building is in her blood and she has a keen awareness of what consumers look for in a new home and how to deliver value at all levels. And while we don't make Carolyn dress up in green underwear for our commercials, we bet she would if we asked!