Super Design Tips for the Budget Conscious

April 22, 2015

Do you look at those picture perfect homes in Better Homes and Gardens with a twinge of jealousy before glancing at your empty wallet? Well, cage that little green-eyed monster because I'm going to let you in on a little insider secret. Great design doesn't always have to come at great cost. So if you want to invest in high quality furniture but are afraid that a smaller decorating budget may mean you won't get the look you want for your space, just take a deep breath and relax. There are tons of great ways to get great home decorating results on a minimal budget.

1.) Shop Secondhand

Budget Conscious Secondhand Shop

Thrift Stores, Consignment Shops, Flea Markets, Local Rummage Sales, Local Buy and Sell Groups on social media sites like Facebook, are the first choice for any wise home decorator. Not only are the prices usually better, there's a greater chance of finding a truly one-of-a-kind piece that'll make your space look unique!

2.) Embrace Imperfection

Decorating Imperfection

When shopping for décor pieces, budget savvy decorators will consider items that may be less than perfect. These items may be slightly damaged, last season, or floor models. Check your home décor store's as is section, or ask one of the sales people about fire-sale items. Choose your pieces with care and no one will notice the difference (and you'll save loads!)

3.) Skip Custom Decor Pieces

Avoid Custom Decor Pieces

Customizing your window treatments, buying custom framing, and other custom décor items can swell your decorating budget. Stick to off-the-shelf items as much as possible. There are tons of creative ways to spruce up and customize those off-the-shelf-pieces for a fraction of the cost so save your cash.

4.) Add a Dash of the Unexpected

Add a Dash of the Unexpected

If you think creatively about your décor you don't always need to purchase items to accessorize your space. Home decorators with an extra creative eye for design details often use found items like driftwood, or salvaged and refurbished family antiques to make striking and unique statement pieces for their space. 

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