The 9 Golden Rules of Good Cheap Interior Design

13 Dec

1) Set a budget and stick to it!

This could be an overall budget, or a maximum that you are willing to pay per item. I for instance, have a rule that I will never pay more than $500 for a major furniture item.

2) Buy used.

Buying used is green and saves you green. Buying used furniture allows you to save money through haggling or discounts for minor imperfections, and often ups the quality of furniture you can afford to purchase. For instance, you can buy quality pieces from stores like Crate and Barrel, DWR, or BoConcept for IKEA prices through sites like craigslist.You can also go the vintage route and buy pieces that are durable and timeless.

3) Don’t be afraid of low-end retail

Cheap retail outlets like IKEA and Target carry wonderfully designed products. They may not last 100 years, but for the time being they serve a purpose and don’t break the bank. While it is not advisable to outfit your entire abode from these places, picking a few carefully selected items can help you save money

4) Shop on sale

Shopping on sale can save you tons of money, and with the internet it’s easier than ever to do. Check out blogs and store websites for information on upcoming sales.

5) Take your time

The best interiors are usually those that have evolved over time. By being patient when decorating you can fill your home with items you truly love, and save money by replacing things less often due to dissatisfaction. Taking your time also allows you to wait for pieces to go on sale before you purchase them (see rule #4).

6) Use what you have

Sometimes you’d be amazed what wonderful treasures you have buried in your closet. Periodically go through your home and look for items you are no longer using and decide if you could grow to appreciate them again. Also think about ways you can use things you own in new ways. For example, would one of your beautiful silk scarfs work well as a pillow cover?

7) Use what others have

I for one am not afraid to accept donations from others. Know a loved one who’s getting ready to move and might be getting rid of some of their stuff? Do your parents have stuff you’d love to have that’s been sitting in their basement unused for years? This has been how I’ve acquired some of my most treasured pieces.

8) Get Creative

One way to save money is to create things yourself. This could mean taking on art projects, doing your own reupholstering, or repurposing objects.

9) Get stuff for free

As the saying goes…”One woman’s trash, is another woman’s treasure”. Be on the look out for items others have or will be disposing of that could be of benefit to you. I for instance, regularly peruse the bulk trash room in my apartment building. You can also look through the free section of Craigslist or signing up for websites like Freecycle.


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