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Raise your hand if you love watching home design shows. Do you secretly wish you could splurge on redecorating your home? Hiring a professional interior designer might be out of your budget, but you can still redecorate your home like a pro without the burden of a hefty price tag. Follow these tips and tricks to get that designer look for less.

Plan It Out

Whether it's tearing down walls or painting them, professional designers always start with a plan. To visualize their final product, they rely on design software. Top Ten Reviews ranked the best interior design software of 2018, most of which included both construction and design tools, and ranged from $19.99 to $99.99. Software like this allows you to see what the space in your home would look like by tearing down walls for an open concept look, or how colors flow together from one room to another. While it's a great feature and valuable tool, it's still recommended that you measure your physical space and furniture by hand to make sure everything fits where it's supposed to as you redecorate your home.

If you were working with a designer, they would ask you what mood you want to achieve when you redecorate your home and create a design board based on those ideas. Do you want it to be light and airy, bright and energetic, or warm and cozy? Whether you're into the idea of mid-century modern or urban farmhouse look, you can find and save photos that match your design aesthetic with apps such as Houzz or Decorator. Sites like Dwell offer an advice forum for those interested in modern design.

Color sets the mood and tone of a room or home. But with a seemingly endless number of paint colors to choose from, even the professionals can get overwhelmed.

Many paint manufacturers, such as Benjamin Moore, Valspar and Behr, offer free online color visualization tools. These tools make it easier to mix and match paint colors throughout your home. For each main color chosen, the tools will suggest two complementary colors, which can be used for your furniture and accents. The only drawback is that the colors you see on your video monitor won't be an exact match to the actual paint color. It's best to be safe and purchase a sample can of paint to test how the color will work within your space.

Luckily, to make the color choice even simpler, most paint manufacturers offer color cards of at least a dozen colors with a similar tone. That way you can be sure that the color you choose for the living room won't clash with what you choose for the adjacent dining room. If you love the colors you see on HGTV shows, Sherwin-Williams offers its HGTV Home collection.

Hotel Style Made Simple

If your bedroom needs a refresh, maybe it's time you start looking at hotel room designs. According to Orbitz, many top hotel chains have their own decorating and furnishing collections including mattresses, pillows, linens, accessories and furniture to purchase online. You don't have to spend the night in a hotel room; however, doing so will allow you to test run the mattress, which can be a big ticket item. Even if you don't purchase anything from a particular hotel, if you like their design style, browse their online hotel room photos to give you ideas on how to redecorate your home.

Get Free Help

You can often get free design help. Some furniture stores, such as Ethan Allen and La-Z-Boy offer free design services to customers — some of which even make house calls.

Redecorating your home doesn't have to be a daunting task that's left only to the professionals. With a little effort, you too can become the pro.

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