It’s no secret that decorating a home can be expensive. However, knowing where to invest and where to hold back can make a big difference in your budget. Let’s take a look at where to save and where to splurge.
What to Save On
Even if saving money isn’t a big concern for you, it doesn’t hurt to be aware of items that don’t have to be a huge investment. Honestly, a good chunk of home decor can easily fall under the save category–especially if you like having the ability to change out decor on a whim!
Wall Art and Accessories
There’s really no need to invest in fancy wall decor unless you want to. Today, you can find so many different types of wall decor at prices that will fit any budget. There’s no shortage of DIY wall decor projects, either, if that’s your thing.
Accessories are another area to save on. Keep an eye out for deals on items such as throw pillows and blankets, as well as any accessories that are considered trendy. In most cases, these items need to be replaced more frequently because they either get a lot of use or go out of style quickly, which is why there’s no reason to invest too much.
Table and Floor Lamps
Adequate lighting is an integral part of home decor, but not when it comes to table and floor lamps. Lamps such as these should blend in seamlessly and remain timeless, so they don’t take away from the main focal points in the room. Instead, save the money for suspended light fixtures.
In the bedroom, the bed is the star of the show, so there’s really no reason to buy elaborate nightstands. Instead, consider something simple, yet functional. There are so many retailers that carry a variety of lightweight tables that won’t overpower the space. In most cases, all you really need is a single drawer. Sometimes, not even that.
There are so many ways you can create a beautiful backsplash without having to invest a fortune. Simple subway tile or colorful tile arranged in a creative pattern is all it really takes. If you want some extra punch, go with an exciting grout color. You can even use a short band of your countertop material, running it up to where it provides just enough wall coverage behind the sink and appliances.
When it comes to bathrooms, all you really need is one dramatic element–and a bathroom vanity isn’t necessarily the one to splurge on. To save some money, opt for a simpler vanity and then invest in something like eye-catching floor tile.
What to Splurge On
Your primary sofa and chairs should be beautiful, comfortable, and durable — which is why you should sink more money in this area. If you don’t, it’s likely you’ll be replacing these pieces within 5 years. To get the most out of your investment, look for sturdy pieces that offer quality fabrics that consist of natural fibers (or high-grade synthetics) and a tight weave. If possible, consider having these main pieces custom made. Not only do custom-made pieces last longer, they give you the opportunity to get exactly what you want for your home.
We spend about a third of our lives in bed, therefore, it’s really important that we invest in a mattress and headboard that offers up comfort and style. If you want a good night’s rest, a quality mattress is a must. Good mattresses do cost more, but the investment will be worth it. While you don’t have to go all out on a headboard, do look for something unique. Headboards, of any style, can really anchor a focal point for the room, so don’t be too quick to shrug it off as just an ordinary purchase.
Like the sofa, the dining table is a key piece of furniture that gets a lot of use. Today, it’s easy to find trendy laminate tables that don’t cost much. The downfall, however, is that they don’t last very long. To avoid this, look for elegant pieces made of food or stone. Not only are they beautiful, they suit any decor and can last for decades. As you shop around, keep in mind that there’s no need to buy a complete set. A lot of times, the best option is to just go with the table and buy chairs separately. Doing this allows you to create a stylish mix that truly reflects your home and your personal style.
Although window treatments are a lovely addition, there’s no rule that says you have to have them. If you do, however, you can’t go wrong having them custom made for your windows–especially if you have floor-to-ceiling draperies. If they look sloppy, their effect diminishes. A correct fit, however, will look on point.
Lighting, such as pendants and chandeliers, are natural focal points within a room. And with so many varieties available, you get both function and beauty out of your purchase. If you want to elevate the look of the whole room, don’t dismiss the power of a good suspended light.
When inspiration strikes, come see us at one of our showrooms. From fabrics to accessories to custom-made furniture we’ve got what you need to see your project come to fruition!