Saving money when switching to summer décor

Published: May. 17, 2014 at 9:42 PM EDT
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By Caroline Pickens

(FOX19) - We're quickly moving through spring here in the Tri-State, and it's time to start thinking about summer décor.

On Thursday, we received some expert designer tips during the FOX19 Morning news.

Amber Vonderharr is a designer at Dwellings Interior Designs in O'Bryonville.

Vonderharr says having neutral pieces is key to creating a beautiful foundation for your home décor. After that, you can build interest using color and pattern.

For example, Vonderharr brought in a neutral chair, that has a colorful floral back. This is an easy way to add a splash of color, without making a big commitment.

"It's so easy to do. Find a piece of fabric that you absolutely love. Instead of doing a whole chair, this is easy to do and it's interchangeable."

Vonderharr suggests switching out the chair backs to keep your look fresh, which can be an easy and affordable update from your upholsterer.

Vonderharr says toss pillows are also key to creating beautiful rooms and spaces. "They add dimension, they add plush, a sense of comfort in your room, and your sense of style," she says.

Faux florals and botanicals add texture and an organic feel, and they're a great option for people who can't seem to keep plants alive. And if plastic plants aren't your thing, glass balls and glass flowers can be a unique alternative. Color is still a big trend for interior design this year. Vonderharr's advice: go bold.

Vonderharr says spring is a great time to get started on a new interior design project. If you need some expert input, visit