DESIGN 101: STRETCH YOUR DECORATING DOLLAR!

This month, Design 101 has been all about Decorative Budgets.  We’ve talked about how to write a budget, develop a decorating plan, and implement your plan. Before we wrap up the month, we wanted to share one crucial tip – How to Save Money!

Trim

Trim

Stretch your Decorating Dollar

Wow Factor.  When thinking about where to spend money in a room, consider the room’s important features.  What will you notice first when you walk into the room?  Also consider the items you will use everyday, as you’ll want to make sure the quality stands up over time.

Home Value.  Consider the value of your home.  If you have a high-end home, it will be noticeable when you go to sell if you’ve used inexpensive materials and products.  On the other hand, you don’t want to overspend to ensure you get a return on your investment.  Think about what items will hold value over time or add value to your home.

Creative

Creative

Add Details.  You can turn a blah sofa into a fantastic piece by adding details such as trim or festive throw pillows.  Same goes for window treatments, where you can add interest to a boring window shade with tassels, fringe, or decorative tape.

Accessorize.  You can stretch a budget and add a ton of personality to a space through accessories.  We love consignment stores or stores like West Elm, Mecox Gardens, Anthropologie, and Pearl River for inexpensive accessories to add punch to any room.  Another great money saving tip?  Frame kid’s art for the walls!

DIY

DIY

Splurge vs Save.  If you are in love with a particular item, but it’s out of your budget, there may be a similar product out the that is similar at a lower cost.  For example, we love IKEA for their budget lighting because the designs remind us of some of our favorite fixtures from the 50'x and 60's.

Upcycle.  You may already have some great pieces that could be repurposed with a little TLC.  We recently posted a piece on Meaghan McNamara, who specializes in furniture rehab.  Meaghan has some terrific ideas for turning old into new!

DIYPinterest is filled with DIY ideas for decoration.  If you’re feeling crafty, think about ways you can creatively transform your space with a trip to the local art store.  You can also check into our Designer Weekends for some great DIY ideas!

Happy Saving.

RB.