Spring Clean Your Shopping Habits When Decorating
You're sitting there, watching Shark Tank or maybe Project Runway: All Stars... and all of a sudden, you realize you just don't like your living room as much as you did yesterday. And then you start to envision what you want to change, you start to linger in the paint aisles, you pick up a few magazines and tear out makeover ideas. As my father-in-law would say, you have the home décor shpilkes...you have decorator ants in your pants and want to change it up.
There is nothing wrong with that. We all need a new boost of color or a switch in scenery every once and a while. But home decorating -- from updating a kitchen to redoing a bedroom -- can quickly turn from an inexpensive idea to an overbudget nightmare. Read over this list to spring clean your decorating shopping habits!
-- When shopping for new furniture, think beyond department stores. Often, the giant stores are overpriced and are not willing to bargain with you or give you a deal. They also have higher delivery fees. If you do shop there, be sure you are getting exactly what you want when it is on sale. Try some smaller furniture stores, as well as local thrift or antique stores. You may find a great bargain on a dresser that just needs a little fresh coat of paint or new hardware.
-- If you are redoing a whole room, invest your money on the main features. Think about what you'll use the most in the room, as well as what is making the most impact -- perhaps it's the couch or the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Remember those are the things that need to last and stand up to daily use and where you need to spend the majority of your budget to buy good, quality pieces.
-- Maximize on little things. Lighting, throw pillows, shams, side tables, area rugs, drapery. These days, you can find all of these at fantastic budget-friendly prices. With a little patience and a bit of hunting, your new décor will look like it cost much more than it actually did. Also, just changing a few of these décor things can totally revamp the look and feel of your room without having to spend mucho bucks on big items.
-- Try decorating with a theme in mind. Often, we overspend on decorating items because we aren't focused and get swayed by all of the gorgeous things out there. If you have one theme in mind, say a nautical theme or a certain color scheme, it can narrow your focus and keep you on budget.
-- When you can, reuse items you already have. Before heading out to get a new dresser or table or throw pillows, take a look at what you have. Can a DIY makeover (which is cheaper than buying a new one) do the trick? Buy some yummy fabric remnants and recover those pillows or change the legs on your table and stain it a darker shade. Redo your art: replace those prints you have had forever with jazzy wallpaper remnants or a framed love note.
-- Remember the power of paint. Just painting a room or wall in a room can make any house feel different. Some of the pros suggest when you are deciding on what color paint, scootch a shade or two darker or more intense than what you were going to -- it's an easy way to get that "wow" impact. Still not sure? Get a few samples and test them out on your walls to see what you like.
Are you redoing a room? What have you found gets you off-budget when decorating your home?