An interior designer costs up to $200/hour, on top of furnishings. If you are trying to decorate on a budget, professional help is likely not a possibility, but with a little extra time and effort, you can have the home you want for a fraction of the cost. Just as there are many ways to remodel your home without unlimited funds, you can also decorate inexpensively, even with champagne taste.
You’ll need to decide on a budget, then work out what you’ll need, and determine your style. You can shop for items with the basic feel of the things you want, then modify them to fit your decor. There are many easy changes you can make to inexpensive home decor items to match your style, or even to upgrade items you already own:
Decide on a Budget
Depending on how many rooms you are redecorating, you may not need a large budget. If it’s an outdated living room that’s irking you, you may be able to save enough by skipping your daily coffee run. If you’re looking to do a total overhaul of your home, however, you might need to look into another way to finance this endeavor.
What’s important is to decide on a budget you can afford, whether that be an equity line, a credit line, or a savings account. Once you have your budget in place, you can start to plan your decorating.
You can often find copycat items from more expensive designers if you just give yourself some time to look. Making a mood board with all the items you like from magazines or online will help you identify whether something you find in a store will work as a substitute. Keeping an open mind will go a long way.
If your heart is set on turquoise velvet pintucked throw pillows for your couch and a coral painted side table, be open to swapping those colors if you find the perfect pintucked pillows in coral. With enough time, you can take advantage of discounts and sales.
Sign up for email newsletters at all your favorite retailers, then be ready to purchase when you get alerts for specials. Many online retailers will email you a discount code if you leave items in your cart, so giving that a go is also a great way to save, especially on large furniture pieces.
Get Hands On
Instead of shopping for the perfect brass lamp with a linen shade, look for a lamp with the silhouette you like. You can look at second hand stores, as well as discount and big box stores. You can find shades sold separately at many of the big box stores at a reasonable price, in a multitude of shapes and fabrics. Once you have the lamp base you like, you can paint or refinish it to whatever style you want. This also goes for light fixtures, which can be completely transformed with some spray paint and vintage light bulbs.
This same idea goes for almost anything you can modify or deconstruct. You can restain a dining table, recover a chair cushion, or add crown molding and baseboard to a store-bought bookshelf to create a custom, built in look. Remember to not get hung up on colors and patterns that can be easily changed, and look for items with good bones.
Regardless of how large your budget may be, you can save money and decorate with bespoke, one-of-a-kind items with a little elbow grease. Shopping for items similar to the more expensive designer products will leave you extra money for even more furniture and decor items. Remember that smart shopping and some smart hacks can make a huge financial difference.