Decorating can be a daunting task, especially when you factor in your budget. In fact, I think that is where most people make mistakes. You’re strolling around in Home Goods, or Target (the dreaded money pit), and you spot a cute item, and you think, It’s a great deal, I’ll find a place for it. Right?? Well, I’m guilty of it too. Next thing you know, you have a bunch of different vases and knickknacks stuffed in a closet. Well, the first thing that I can think to say about that is STOP. hahahaha! It can be done!
So back to ways that you can save money while decorating…
Make a room plan:
The first way to ensure that you don’t spend on frivolous things, is to know what you need. If you’re starting from scratch, I suggest buying the big pieces of furniture in neutrals. Then you can make a statement with art and accessories! This also helps to save money, in the long run, because you won’t be buying new furniture when you get tired of the color or trend of the year. Pick out a focal point for the room. This can be a rug or bed spread. etc. Then list items that you need to complete the room: dressers, end tables, vanity, coffee table, lamps etc. Now, when you are shopping it won’t be as easy to fall for a throw pillow if that’s not what you are shopping for, make sense?
Make a budget for Decorating:
Okay guys, hear me out on this one. I HATE BUDGETING. I am not a natural budget-er, and I am not a structured person that likes to color inside the lines, I don’t like being told, by a bank account, what I can’t and can’t do!! lol!! But your bank account doesn’t lie, and being stressed about paying your bills over a cute throw pillow or lamp (while sounding perfectly plausible as I type this) is really not a good idea. The idea is to adorn your home on a budget, and live a happy, STRESS FREE life! Are we on board? Okay, so figure out how much you can spend in a week or month, and stick to it. Re-decorating a room doesn’t happen overnight (unless you’re Bobby Berk or HGTV), so it’s okay to take your time.
Now, some people might cringe at this next rule, but I will tell you it is essential to making it cost-effective. Wether you interpret this as a thrift store, a yard sale, estate sale, Facebook trader pages, or the clearance rack at Target, just make sure you are looking for a sale. Not only is this beneficial for your wallet, but it’s great for the environment too! There are a lot of options for DIY ideas that aren’t extremely difficult, and that can save you money. For an example check out my coffee table DIY DIY Live Edge Coffee Table (this is just one example of saving $200-$300 on a piece of furniture). Also, think outside of the box! An antique trunk at an estate sale could be a neat coffee table. Art can easily be found at thrift stores too! You can see a few of those tips that I have here Spring Cleaning Easy Tips To get some ideas on cheap and easy decorating!
Sell your old furniture or decorative items:
This is also a good way to make money (and room) for fun new things! Remember, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. This is a guilt free way of spending on the cute accessories for your room, without feeling the guilt of using your bank account. Think of it as “free money” (but don’t think of it too much, because I’m the worst person to be giving you financial advise) hahaha!!! This advise is solely for the sake of the art of decorating your home.
Well, that’s a wrap! I hope that you can begin your next project a little easier, and maybe a little sooner using these tips. Remember, art takes time, and decorating your living space to be comfortable and cute and reflect your family’s personality is indeed an art! Take your time, fill your home with only the pieces that you love, and watch your home grow into the look of a magazine in no time!
Let me know in the comments what you are currently working on. I’d love to know!