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In order to have the home of your dreams you do NOT have to break the bank, you simply must “game plan” your priorities. Here’s how to achieve budget home decor without sacrificing style. Happy Designing!
The general rule of thumb is to spend the most on the largest pieces of furniture in the room. Think sofas, dining tables and the like. It’s also a great idea to splurge on what you intend to actually use the most: be that a sofa if you entertain a lot or a beautiful desk paired with a top of the line ergonomic chair if you primarily work from home. Your priorities may differ from your neighbor so think about how YOU live rather than the rest of the world. At the end of the day, basing the rest of your design around the highest quality furniture pieces in the room makes everything else look just as rich, by proximity!
Do Your Best
The high ticket items may be a significant portion of your budget but they will save you money in the long run. Poor quality sofas often sag in the seat and have frames that can easily crack or rot creating a breeding ground for insects. Yep. Insects. You can never go wrong with taking a little more time to save for a quality sofa, bed or entertainment/shelving system. These items generally get the most wear and tear so you don’t want to have to keep replacing them year after year so do your best for what makes sense for you and your budget.
Let’s talk leather for a second. Cheap leather does NOT age well. It cracks, fades, and is terrible for the environment to boot. So, do your homework when that leather sofa seems ‘just too good to pass-up’ and you may thank us later!
This article is sponsored by Beyond the Box Interiors
Lighting as Art
Thankfully, we live in a wonderful time where statement lighting is available at numerous price points. That will help with your budget home design! If you are just not in the market for a $1000+ chandelier but just have to have the look, perhaps a very similar $300 option works better for your budget. Beautiful ceiling lighting can change the tone of a room in an instant. Spend a bit less on task and floor lamps that complement and not compete with your piece de resistance for a completed “look”!
Be a Tightwad (kind of)
If you are watching your budget, accessories do not need to break the bank. “Well made” ( i.e. tight seams, quality zipper, colorfast) pillow covers can be expensive but if you shop seasonal sales you can amass quite a collection to change out seasonally. And don’t forget the pillow inserts! Investing in higher quality pillow inserts won’t break the bank but they will retain their shape over the years. Other accessories in your room can also be purchased with the same thought process. Spend more where
it makes sense and if you just HAVE to have an item that is out of your budget you can cross your fingers that it will still be there come sale time.
Bonus tip: If you are a crafter, use fabric scraps to create these adorable pillows!
Go Low & Don’t Fear the “Flea”
Many of our favorite timeless finds were purchased at flea markets. Art that we had to have, antique (or just old) furniture, and unique finds. Flea markets are worth the effort. Just keep expectations low and bring haggling cash! Worst-case scenario is that you enjoyed a day out and about while exploring your community but hopefully you are able to snag a piece that you never would have found elsewhere. Unique finds are what make a home “yours”.
Be in the “Know”
Certain items have annual sales that you know happen every year. You can pay less and not skimp on quality but you need to be in the know of when these events occur. Linens, for instance, are always on sale in January. Grab your favorite high-end sheets and towels at a great price while creating instant luxury at the same time!
Beyond the Box Interiors is a full-service design firm that lives by the philosophy “design for the real world”. We believe that great design should not only reflect your style and personality but should also result in livable, functional spaces that you truly love. Our firm offers design consultations, kitchen & bath design, interior decor, home staging, event/holiday design, and e‑design services. We are here to help you every step of the way and strive to deliver a design that will be “Beyond the Box”.
Lanna Ali-Hassan & Barri Branker
Lanna and Barri are the founders of Beyond the Box Interiors, a full-service interior design firm located in Frederick, MD and Alexandria, VA. They live by the philosophy “design for the real world” because they believe that great design should not only reflect your style and personality but should also result in livable, functional spaces that you truly love. When not designing amazing interiors for their clients, they can be found enjoying art, music, their beloved pets and exploring their wonderful neighborhoods.