Home décor magazines can be lots of fun and great for ideas, but not everyone can afford those designs! Here’s how to have a Champagne home design on a beer budget.
1. Decide what your home improvement budget is
Set aside a 15% contingency for unexpected expenses. Once the project is complete, you can use that money to add any finishing touches, or roll it over into your next project space. If you don’t, you could wind up with a half-finished project.
2. Temper your materials
If you are in love with that expensive material but can’t afford to go all out, don’t abandon it altogether. Incorporate it in a way that you can afford! Instead of doing a shower made entirely of marble, try a ceramic subway tile with a marble detail. Make it stand out by using a simple white tile against it. In some cases, you can save up to $600. For a great selection of high-end tiles, try Saltillo Tile.
3. Mix and match
Select some high quality finishes and combine with inexpensive items, without blowing your cover. Lighting can easily trick the eye. You can find inexpensive lighting that looks similar to your ideal, more expensive choice. When all is said and done, you will have saved money, and nobody will notice the difference in the detail. There’s lots more to learn about kitchen lighting at EiEihome.
4. Take advantage of local classifieds.
As they say, “One person’s junk is another’s treasure”. Check out Craigslist, Kijiji, and Facebook for deals and ideas. Find a great chair that you can get reupholstered. Find a table that you can refinish. Have an open mind and be a smart and safe online shopper. Always go with a friend to pick-up any purchases, and always pay in cash to avoid scammers.
5. Contact professional home stagers.
From time to time, stagers in your area may sell off furniture when they replace their inventory with newer items. You can find great deals on furnishings that are gently used and you can find a home stager at EiEihome in the Interior Design and Decor category in your area.
6. Organize and declutter
If that seems daunting, consider hiring a professional home organizer. You will find that once your space is neat, it will be easier to make improvements for dramatic results. Read more about professional organizers. Use these tips to get the look for less and with the money you save, you can throw a party to show off your new design and decor!
By Shelley Kanitz
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