They say that “necessity is the mother of all invention,” and that couldn’t be more true in the case of decorating on a budget. During your initial outing, focus on only purchasing an item if it falls into your pre-approved budget. At first, this may seem like a daunting task, but as you begin finding alternate items to substitute that fit within your predefined budget, you’ll begin to feel like a home décor master.
However, there are two situations that even the most skilled interior designers come across:
The “need to have it” piece
Sometimes you’ll come across a piece that you simply “need to have”. It might be a rug that’s more expensive than you budgeted for, an end table that would better fit your living room than the coffee table you initially imagined. If it’s not a necessity, give yourself a couple days to think it over. If the item is one-of-a-kind and you can re-allocate your budget accordingly, go for it.
The “I think I need to have it” piece
Don’t get in the habit of assuming that each item you come across that strikes your fancy is a keeper. If you’re unsure about an item, notate it on your list (or if you brought a camera, take a picture of it) along with how much it costs. Oftentimes, once you have a specific piece in mind, you’ll come across similar items that you like more (and cost less!).
Most of all, be sure to have fun decorating (or redecorating) your home! While it can be frustrating at times, the goal is to enjoy the process as much as you enjoy the end result. A sense of pride will come as you begin transforming your home for even less than you initially anticipated.