A common misconception about home décor is that you have to spend a lot of money to get the look you want. The truth is, IF you are willing to be patient and dig a little, you can find what you are looking for. In this blog, I am going to share with you how you can get the look you want without breaking the bank!
1. Window Shop
You may know the kind of style you want, but maybe you do not know how to pull off the look in your own home. A good rule of thumb is to do your research beforehand. Go window shopping at the stores that have a similar style to yours. If you do not know what your style is, go to different kinds of stores and pay attention to what you like. What draws you in? What do you pick up and touch? What do you check the prices of? This is a big deal, because if you are willing to check the price of something, (unless you are just plain curious), it shows you are definitely interested. Also, check Pinterest and type in what you are looking for. For example, maybe you have a grey couch and you do not know what kind of pillows you want, or what kind of rug or coffee table you want to go with it. Type in “grey couch” and see what comes up. Look at what other people are doing and get inspired. Save the pins you like and draw your own conclusion by determining your own style from the photos you see!
2. Be Willing to Dig
Some of the best places I have found some key décor items that I own in my home were found at thrift stores and rummage sales. Things may not be displayed beautifully like at more popular retail stores, but if you have done your research and know what you looking for, you can go in to rummage & garage sales on a mission for those specific things on your list! Sometimes that means digging through the things that aren’t pretty to find the thing you are looking for!
3. Be Patient
If you find something that catches your eye, yet is not within your budget, be willing to wait for it to go on sale. A lot of the time stores start making room for the new inventory and discounting the older stuff. Trust me, it sure pays off when you have been waiting for a particular item to go on sale and it finally does! Especially if you are like me and go visit that item every week to check if it has been discounted, and to dream of the possibilities! Know that you run the risk of missing out on that particular item, but trust me, your wallet will thank you! You can always find another version of what you are looking for!
4. Don’t Buy “Someday” Items
When you are out and about and see something you like, picture the décor item or piece of furniture in your home. Then picture it in a specific place. Unless it’s super cute and you can’t live without it, it helps unnecessary spending to picture the item you are about to purchase in a specific spot in your home. If you go home and and put it in the spot and it totally doesn’t work, then try it in a different spot. If it doesn’t work anywhere in your home and is not seasonal, return it! Get your money back and spend that money on an item you will actually use today, not someday.
5. DIY & Be a Copycat
Sometimes spending money on what you need to make the item is more than just purchasing an already made product. But sometimes, making it will SAVE you money. You can definitely stretch your dollar in unexpected ways when you make something yourself instead of buying it at a popular retail store. For example: I love succulents! And every time I would go to the cute boutique shops and trendy stores, I would see them in the cute bowls, displayed so colorful and symmetrical. I would check the price and they would surprisingly be very overpriced. It’s because someone else did all the work for you! But! If you tried that yourself, it would cost you at least half the price! I know, because I have done it many times! So next time you see something super cute and displayed in a way that appeals to you, take a picture of it. We all have smart phones these days, which gives us the luxury of having a camera with us at all times! Take a picture and be a copycat and buy your own supplies! More on making beautiful succulent arrangements with supplies from the dollar store on another blog soon!
I hope you find these tips and tricks helpful to you for your next home project! What do you feel like is the biggest challenge you face when decorating your home?