5 ways to save money while redecorating
The cost of decorating a room can quickly stack up, and before you know it, you’ve spent a small fortune of trinkets and ornaments, some of which, you may not even keep for very long. Whether you’re a savvy saver or just want to decorate on a budget, then here are five home decor tips that will help you to save money.
Plan before you buy
Impulse buying can be fun, but more often than not it results in hasty purchases, some of which don’t end up meeting the mark. Before you spend a penny on home decor, be sure to have a plan about the look you are trying to achieve, the items that you want to buy, and the style you are going for. The good news is, thanks to Pinterest, you can now make a vision board for your Hamptons style homewares and home decor to reference directly from your laptop. Planning in this way will stop you from impulse buying items you don’t need or from swaying too far from your own brief.
Set yourself a budget
Whether your budget is $100 or $1000, be sure to set yourself a budget. It’s all too easy to let things rack up when you aren’t tracking what you are spending and setting a budget helps to keep you accountable. As you tick things off your wish list, add their cost to a simple spreadsheet, and keep a track of what you’ve spent so far.
Keep in mind functionality
If you’re looking to save money on your overall redecoration project, then try to make sure that every decorative item is also in some way functional. By combining functionality with the decoration you can half the number of items that you need and the money that you need to spend. For example, choose a vase that is both decorative and that can hold water, choose decorative boxes that can hide away trinkets, and choose throws and pillows that are both stylish and comfortable.
Check out thrift shops and auctions
Although buying new may be quicker and easier, thrift shops or auctions can throw up some hidden gems at a fraction of the price and at a lower environmental cost to helping you to spruce up your home on a budget. You may need to spend a little more time looking or to compromise on the exact item that you want, but if you’re decorating on a budget buying second-hand can allow you to purchase more things or to splurge in other areas.
Remember that less is more
Lastly, although it can be tempting to find a theme and to run with it, it’s important to remember that quite often less is more and you don’t need to go overboard with decorations to give the impression of a cohesive decorative theme. Focus your finances and attention on a few key items, filling any blank space with cheaper decorative options of filler pieces.