When you’re thinking about upgrading your home – whether it’s buying new furniture or redoing an entire kitchen or bath – it’s great to use a professional designer. But if your budget doesn’t include hiring one, don’t worry. These days there’s lots of design help available from stores that sell furniture and appliances. Even comprehensive design services can be free at the big chain stores – as long as you buy from them.

Home Furnishings Chains. Those that sell only furniture will often help you put together a whole room, as long as you buy enough new items from them. Some home furnishings stores also sell kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures, as well as cabinets, lighting, and other accessories. Design consultants can help you plan the space and advise you on alternatives to meet your needs.

Home Improvement Stores. The big box chains that sell all those supplies for home maintenance, improvements, and construction, have gone big into kitchen and bath remodeling. They stock everything: appliances, vanities, kitchen cabinets, shelving units, even tile, flooring, backsplash and countertop materials. They’ll come to your home, measure it, design the room, and spec all the units, but this usually requires you to hire them to install it, which they will then charge you for.

Independent Furniture and Appliance Stores. Many people prefer the personal service you get from local furniture and appliance retailers. Contrary to popular belief, these merchants can be price competitive with big box stores. Many also provide all the design assistance you may need. Just ask. Often a person on staff will have design experience and can guide you through the options. Remember, no matter who’s giving you design advice, including a paid professional, what you ultimately do is completely up to you.

Online Resources. Many stores offer free help on their websites, no purchase necessary. You can see project ideas, eco-friendly options, and some even have tools to visualize different layouts to compare. You can subscribe to e-newsletters that offer helpful design ideas, but they may include product promotions. You’ll also find blogs and online magazines with lots of decorating advice.

If you’re looking to fund these home improvements, or refinance your current home or move on to a new one, please contact us. We’re ready to help with today’s wider range of financing options. Just call or email us any time…. Have a great day!

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