Features March 2021

2021 Affordable Interior Designer Trends for the Home

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the relationship with our homes. Many families now have at least one parent working from home and are spending an increased amount of time indoors with their family. If you are like most, you’ve also spent a lot of time looking at the walls around you and have grown tired of the decorative designs in your home. Fortunately, there are several new ways to spice up your space without breaking the bank. Check out these affordable and easy DIY interior design trends that are perfect for your family home.

Use trim to create decorative wall panels.

Wood paneling your walls is a trend dating back to the 15th century that has made a comeback as a low-cost and easy DIY method to enhance large wall spaces. To keep this trend budget-friendly, use inexpensive trim to add sleek geometric shapes, color and texture to an otherwise dimensionless area. The use of shiplap and wood to create visual and bold lines is a great modern way to enhance your space and an easy DIY if you are particularly handy.

 Accent your stair risers with stickers.

Another great way to add a visual pop in your home is by including peel and stick vinyl patterns on your stair risers. Using stickers to accent your stairs is a great option for renters that want to improve their homes’ without having to worry about getting their deposit back. Adhesive patterns can make your drab wooden stairs the focal point of your room while adding a low-cost pop of color. Spanish-style patterned stickers and tiles are increasingly popular and a great addition to any home.

Plant an edible garden in your backyard.

Couped up in your home due to the pandemic? Try building an edible garden in your backyard! Not only does a garden enhance the visual appeal of an outdoor space, but it is also great for those who are working from home and cooking more. Great Arizona-friendly crops to plant include cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, melons, blackberries, strawberries and sweet potatoes. Growing a garden provides you with chemical-free and highly nutritious fruits and vegetables, reduced food costs, alongside beautiful and colorful scenery in your backyard.

Reface the tile on your fireplace.

Fireplaces are the natural focal point of any room, so consider giving yours a facelift. If you have an out-of-date fireplace and are looking for a cost-efficient and simple way to update your centerpiece, try refacing the tile. From stick-on tile pieces, to stone and brick, there are so many ways to warm-up this cozy space. Consider adding your own touch to your fireplace by stenciling in or painting an eye-catching pattern on inexpensive, heat-friendly tile.

If you are interested in getting design help from a professional, you’re in luck. The Arizona North chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers is hosting their Interior Designer for Hire program now through April 30. The program matches homeowners with local designers in their area for a consultation at a reduced rate. A one-hour consultation is $99 and a two-hour is $175, with virtual consultations available by request. To learn more about the Interior Designer for Hire program, contact the chapter administrator at info@azn.asid.org or 602-569-8916. To register, visit azn.asid.org.

Written by: Jennifer Biffer, Interior Designer of the AZ North chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)


Jennifer Biffer is a professional interior designer, realtor, mom to identical twins boys and member of Arizona North Chapter of The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). ASID advances the interior design profession and communicates the impact of design on the human experience. We collaborate with others to promote the value of interior design. We prepare our members to excel in a dynamic and evolving profession. We generate, collect and disseminate applied knowledge.

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