How to: Decorate on a Budget, Without Compromising Style
We know that decorating a space, a room, or a house can test your finances, but we like to look at limitations as an opportunity to flex your creative muscles. Knowing how to decorate on a budget is the key to any design project, no matter how much you have to begin with. Read on for our tips to decorate stylishly without breaking the bank.
1. Planning makes Perfect
We love to put all of our ideas together in one place, and a Pinterest board is the perfect place to see all the images of styles and pieces you love in one place. Add everything you love to one place, and then sift through to see what styles, colors, textures, and items work best together. By starting with your own personal mood-board, you’ll avoid buying things just because they’re fashionable, and you’ll end up with items that are truly your own style.
2. Start with the Bigger Items
Once you land on the overall vision of a space, start planning the foundational pieces first. This may be the flooring, the sofa, the kitchen counter, or the bed. It’s always a good idea to invest in larger items first like rugs, sofas, accent chairs, etc. because they are typically the higher-priced items. If you have your heart on something, it’s a good idea to save up and buy the pieces you really love as these will be the pieces that will stand the test of time. Having less but investing in quality is always the best, most authentic route.
3. Take the Risk
Don’t forego something just because you’re worried it won’t age well. Remember beauty is meant to be enjoyed and lived in, so if your heart is set on that white sofa - remember you can always get it cleaned if something spills, but the enjoyment you’ll get from seeing it in your space each day will outweigh the occasional maintenance (we also swear by waterproofing sprays - they’ve saved countless seats and cushions from accidents!).
4. Follow your heart
Never rush into buying something just to fill a hole. Take your time, source pieces that you love, and that you’ll still be happy with in five or ten years time. The most Iconic designs are the ones that still feel fresh after 50 years - so don’t worry too much about trends. If you love that chair, chances are you’re going to continue to adore it for years to come.
5. Switch out the smaller items
Remember decorating doesn’t have to be an entire overhaul, sometimes some new lamps and artwork will transform your space enough. When switching out smaller items, we suggest clearing the space and adding things back in piece by piece. This will avoid your space looking cluttered, and make even the smallest changes feel like a clean slate.