Think about your dream home. Perhaps it includes a Thea wool rug from Crate & Barrel. Or maybe it features the navy velvet tufted sofa from One Kings Lane. Not to mention a classy copper floor lamp from Anthropologie and an oversized piece of statement art. They’re all lovely options, and when it comes to our dream homes, the home decorating ideas are boundless.
But often, when we combine our dream house with our dream décor and dream artwork, the price point is something we could only dream of affording! But, with some clever buying strategies and decorating decisions, you can get so close to your ideal space, you’ll be pinching yourself with disbelief.
1. Layer Rugs
Found the rug of your dreams, but the full-size is out of your price range? Layering can save the day. Not only is it a trendy approach to add dimension and personality to any room, but it can save you a pretty penny on your floor decor. Here’s the scoop: purchase a large sisal or jute rug that fits in the room and then buy a smaller version of your favorite rug to sit on top.
2. Group Similar Items
Large walls can pose a big challenge for décor. Whether you’re looking for an oversized piece of statement art or a big mirror to help brighten a room, large wall decor is often very pricey. Rather than seeking out a single piece, consider a grouping of similar items (e.g. using four smaller frames of the same size versus one).
The same approach can be used with mirrors. Purchase three floor length mirrors and hang them sideways on the wall (so the sides touch). This can create the same effect as a full-size mirror for half the price! Another variation on grouping is the ever-stylish and diverse gallery wall.
3. Buy Off Season
Certain times of year are made for shopping–and we’re not talking about the holidays. For many of us, fall is seen as a time of preparation for the busy months ahead–the weather cools down, bringing people inside to begin sprucing up their spaces for the holiday season. In order to make the most of your time (and money), we recommend shopping for home decor during the slower seasons; clearance sales typically happen in the heart of summer and after New Years–so keep these times in mind when mapping out your next decor shopping spree!
4. Mix & Match
Many times with home decorating ideas, design goes over budget because of quantity, not size. Think about your kitchen table. One dream chair for $199 isn’t so bad. But, once you purchase the six chairs you need for family and friends, your dream chairs are suddenly out of budget and out of reach. A little compromise will do the trick. Get two of your favorite chairs for the ends of the table and some less expensive options for the middle. Not only is it budget-friendly, but it looks great!
You can also get creative in the living room. We all know that side chairs are notoriously expensive. So, if you need extra seating, consider a pouf or ottoman. At around $100, this versatile element can be used as a chair, footrest, table, you name it.
5. Work With An Online Interior Designer
Interior designers can help you create a look that matches your style and space to a tee and stay within your budget. However, sometimes working with an interior designer can be difficult because some designers don’t work with smaller budgets.
Enter Havenly. With this new online service, you can work with your favorite interior designer to decorate any room in your home starting at $79. Simply upload pictures of your room, answer questions about your wants and needs, and share some photos of your design inspiration. Your designer will brainstorm on home decorating ideas, send you custom concept boards, make product recommendations and work with you to perfect your space. When you’ve found the right balance of cost and style, your designer will place the order for you.