The Best TV Shows for DIY Interior Decorating

For many people, DIY interior design is an avid pass time. There are many projects ranging from small and fun to enormous and grueling that can be undertaken in an effort to improve your home’s appearance.

Home improvement and decorating projects can be expensive. However with a little ingenuity and some special techniques, many projects can be tackled at a fraction of the cost. These television shows will give you both inspiration and instruction for completing fabulous DIY decorating projects.

Design on a Dime (HGTV)

The theme of this show is budget decorating. In each episode, a cast of designers and builders is given a small budget, which they use to redesign a room in a client’s house.

The show is full of budget decorating tips. Through the course of each design, the hosts show viewers how to complete many DIY decorating projects. Instructions are given for things like faux finishes, creative art projects, and decorative storage solutions, all of which are done using inexpensive and often reused, repurposed, or reclaimed materials.

Design Star (HGTV)

Design Star is HGTV’s reality game show. Each season, a group of designers is chosen to complete a series of challenges. Every week, a panel of distinguished designers judges the results and sends home one person; the last remaining designer gets their own television show.

The show is great for budget decorating ideas because it encourages the creative use of materials. Most challenges are completed on a limited budget and often the contestants must use alternative materials and creative methods. Watching the show will expose you to innovative paint treatments and alternate uses for items you might never have thought of incorporating into a room’s design.

Trading Spaces (TLC)

In TLC’s classic reality design show, two neighboring families each team up with a designer and a carpenter to redesign one room in their friends’ house on a budget of $1000. The kooky cast of designers have created all kinds of rooms over the long-running span of the show, from elegant to outrageous.

The designers are good at what they do, stretching $1000 far beyond what one might expect. The show is full of tips and tricks for saving money on your redecorating projects, covering topics from bargain hunter shopping to refurbishing existing items to using alternative building materials. In one episode, a designer saved hundreds on a kitchen remodel by making their own butcher block counter tops; in another episode, fabric from a set of vintage curtains bought at a thrift shop was used to reupholster dining room chairs.

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