Whether you are decorating your first home or responsible for a commercial space redesign, it is important for most people to budget. By saving and splurging on different aspects of your interior purchases a well thought out final outcome can be achieved.
Splurge on certain key pieces of furniture.
Well loved and well used items of furniture in your home are worth splashing a bit of extra cash on. Items such as sofas, beds and dining tables should be timeless and good quality. This means they will stay with you forever, standing the test of time quality and style wise. In the long run good quality pieces of furniture like this will save you money, a cheap sofa will just have to be replaced in a year or so’s time!
Search for promo codes online, wait for end of season sales, and rifle through car boot sales, charity shops and vintage markets. Although it can feel time consuming and frustrating; the feeling of achievement when you find a beautiful antique for a bargain price will be so satisfactory. Older pieces and second hand pieces also add a richness to your interior without breaking the bank. Also remember to - politely! - ask friends, family and neighbours if they have unwanted pieces they could donate! Chances are that they have an unloved mirror hiding in the loft that would look perfect above your mantelpiece.
A tried and tested method when it comes to revamping a room without spending the earth. There are countless ways to update a room using what you already have. Recovering a chair in a modern fabric is a classic upcycling trope, but do not underestimate the impact it can make in a room. To include a hand-me-down dated piece of furniture in your space then try sanding it down and repainting it a modern colour such as a dark blue or grey. The mix of vintage styles with modern in these ways create an expensive and luxurious vibe in a room without the price tag. Also, it's great for the environment!
Save your money when it comes to trend pieces.
If there is one area of your design project that you can afford to scrimp with, it is trend based items or accent colours that will probably date very quickly. Not only does what is fashionable change, but your own tastes mature. Not only will you save money, it will be a lot easier to replace cheaper items in the future in order to revamp your space quickly.
Update important rooms quickly and cheaply.
If you need to wait a few years in order to properly update your bathrooms and kitchens, thats okay. It is better to wait until the job can be done to a high standard which will stand the test of time rather than rushing and causing yourself future work and expense. In the meantime there are ways in which you can quickly and efficiently update these rooms. Do not underestimate the power of new towels, bathroom accessories and wall colour to create an impact in a bathroom and distract from a possibly dated bath or sink. For those unsightly kitchens, simply replace just the cupboard doors!
The temptation to fill your space with as much as possible, as quickly as possible is real. But try not to rush into purchases or plans. This way you will spend your money wisely, and make better design choices. Use mood boards, magazines and Pinterest to clarify your vision for the project and research any big purchases you do make to ensure you don’t make the wrong choice.
Don’t cut important corners.
Especially when undertaking a remodelling project in a short amount of time, it can be tempting to cut corners with certain parts of the project. However, in many cases this can cause you more problems in the long run. Our advice is to always spend your money on time on any structural changes you decide to make to the space. Also, we advise to think about the longevity of any decisions you make; a cheap lino will start to bend and warp after minimal wear and tear. Good flooring in your space should take up a chunk of your budget, but the impact and value it will add to the space will be completely worth it.
A top tip from us: Many peoples first homes are on the small side. Continuity of flooring throughout will create a sense of flow and space. Also, depending on how flooring is laid, the position of the planks can give extra length or width in your room.
Don’t be afraid to contact a professional!
If you are trying to save money, then contacting a professional designer might be last on your list of priorities. However, if you don’t know where to start when undertaking a big project, a professional within the interiors field can help you to clarify ideas, give advice and stop you from making decisions which may cost you more money in the long run. They are professionals for a reason!