How to Decorate on A Budget

Updated: Mar 20



Sofa, dining room, room living, and bedroom

We all have a budget for our decorating projects. But this budget process requires planning as following;

Write A list!



Even if your list is too long, you better write everything you need for each room you have to furnish. List will help you weigh one piece against another as you set priorities, Then, you can make changes or delete some items later.




What’s your prioritize?

1- Of course, basic items like beds, dressers, sofas and tables are a prioritize.

2- followed by "close seconds" like additional seating and storage pieces like dressers, chests or nightstands.





3- Finally, add embellishments – accent furniture and accessories.




4- Research for your furniture list online or at stores

5- Keep a file or box of photos from catalogs, magazines and online sources. Knowing your preferences will help you create a unified look, with pieces that work together in a variety of combinations.



Make a Floor Plan

1- 1-Don't guess what’s measurements will fit your place, use any simple floor plan to arrange your furniture with measurements.

2- OR ask an E designer to create a floor plan for your room, once you know which layouts really work, you can buy far more wisely and realistically.

Print out your plan

1- Print out the room plans you like.

2- Make a list of your rooms' dimensions and the size of rugs and furniture you need.

3- Store it all on your hard drive, and keep a copy in a "shopping envelope,"

4- Choose a relevant paint chips and fabric samples.

5- Leave the envelope in your car, so it is easy to use it whenever you need it for shopping

Plan for future

1- Choose a stylish, well-made dining group with a water/heat/stain resistant finish that will work in a future eat-in kitchen

2- Be sure the table has extension leaves for extra place settings when company comes to call.

3- Choose sofas and chairs that will last for a long time and will also transfer nicely into a future family room or home office – leather or slipcovered sofas and chairs, for example.

4- Small-scale or mismatched bedroom pieces may be chosen with an eye to a future guest or children's room.

Think Multi-Functional

Make one piece do the work of two. If you rarely use your dining room, commandeer the table for a desk or work area until you can afford (or have room for) a desk. Put a TV or music system on top of a low storage piece, like a buffet or chest. Find an ottoman that doubles as a cocktail table; buy end or cocktail tables with storage drawers. Opt for a sleep sofa instead of the regular model to create an instant guest room. Modular storage units can be reconfigured and recycled

as your space needs change – the stackables that showcase books today can store a child's toys in future years.







Be Creative

1- You better have to buy a piece at a time. No problem: well-chosen pieces can work beautifully together without being part of a matched set.

2- Look for items that complement each other; coordinate with thoughtful combinations of color and pattern. Interesting, timely and low-cost accents will add snap and visual interest.

3- Art, lamps and area rugs can be good looking and inexpensive but even when you go a little over budget, they tend to have a long life span and move easily from home to home and room to room.

Be Organized

1- You'll live better with less furniture by investing in cupboard, drawer and closet organizers.

2- You can avoid getting carried away by all the options by thinking through what you'll need.

3- Take measurements of cupboard and closet interiors, especially if you're considering modular organizers.

4- Wait for bargains – somebody is always having a sale on plastic boxes and other clever organizers.

5- Don't limit yourself to ready-mades: antique boxes, colorful hat boxes, baskets and other unique items provide storage options that are both functional and eye-pleasing … and isn't that what making a home is all about?

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