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Where to Splurge and Where to Save when Decorating a Room

Published on:

7/11/18

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Carrie Barker

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Are you scared to spend money on home décor because you’re afraid you might not like it in a couple years? Or do you worry it will go out of style and be a waste of money?

I totally get it! Furniture is expensive. Decorating is expensive. You want to buy products you’ll love for years … products that you don’t have to worry about going out of style anytime soon!

Don’t worry, friends! There is a way around this fear! I’ll teach you how I choose where to SPLURGE and where to SAVE when decorating my own home. It’s a simple formula and I know it will work for you too!

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Where to Splurge and Where to Save when Decorating

WHERE TO SPLURGE WHEN DECORATING

SPLURGE on the STAPLE PIECES… that is, furniture that your family will use on a daily basis! Your family room couch, kitchen chairs, kitchen island stools, beds, and rugs that take a lot of wear and tear.

When I say splurge, I don’t mean that you have to buy expensive custom furniture by any means! Just make sure that you are buying at least mid-level priced items because this furniture will get A LOT of use!

Remember this … you get what you pay for! If you buy low-cost furniture, you’ll be replacing it in a couple of years anyway … which = more money!

My big ‘splurges’ are our family room sectional, our kitchen island stools, and our beds! These pieces of furniture get more use than anything else in our house and they are pieces I know I’ll keep for several years. I want them to stand up to wear and tear over time!

When splurging on a piece of furniture, focus on neutral fabrics and classic furniture styles. Choose neutral fabrics for upholstered beds and sofas. (If you think neutral is boring, you’ll see how you can easily change the look below!) Tans, greys, and whites never go out of style! Same with simple furniture lines.

I know it’s overwhelming to search for neutral furniture so I’ve done the heavy lifting (aka, shopping) for you! This boutique is full of simple, classic neutral furniture!

SHOP NEUTRAL FURNITURE

 

 

WHERE TO SAVE WHEN DECORATING

SAVE on the small home décor items that can be easily changed to give the room a fresh look! That is … throw pillows, little knick-knacks (accents), lamps, art, bedding, etc. SAVE on the items that WILL go out of style fairly quickly, or that you might change your mind on often.

This is where you can take that neutral furniture (that you splurged on) and really bump up the style with fun throw pillows, blankets, and other home décor accents! I’ve curated some gorgeous pillows and accents below to save you time and hassle!

Click HERE for a list of my top 20 favorite home decor retailers!

SHOP HOME DECOR ITEMS

I hope you now feel more confident in knowing where to splurge and where to save when decorating your own home! SPLURGE on the neutral and simple staple pieces that will stand the test of time! SAVE on the small accents and items that can easily (and often) be replaced to change the look and feel of the room!

Please shop the boutiques above for neutral furniture, as well as fun and easily changeable accents and pillows! If you prefer a little guidance in finding the perfect décor for your home, I offer e-design services and would LOVE to help you! You can learn more HERE!

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