It can be so exciting to start a new home design project. Envisioning what could be; shopping for finishes; choosing colors & patterns. Changing things up can be a good refresh, but it is so easy to get carried away and go way over budget without a plan. I am going to share with you some guidelines that will help you invest smarter and strategically, so you spend your money in the right places.
Tip #1: Spend the Money on High-Traffic Items
Certain things in your house should cost you more. It is important to invest wisely in your daily-use items, the items that are weight-bearing and high-traffic. This includes your dining room chairs (like this set from Lexington), bar stools, sofas, area rugs, mattresses, etc. These are the items that will get the most use and they need to be quality and should have a certain level of comfort. You would hate to buy bargain furnishings that you have to replace far too often. This is a “you get what you pay for” situation and it’s smart to invest your money here.
Tip #2: Splurge on Show-stopping Details
Another place to splurge would be on show-stopping features. Spend bigger money on those statement light fixtures or standout kitchen and bath fixtures that are sure to impress your friends. Artwork, tile accents, even a giant clock (Uttermost) can fall under this category too. Allocate a substantial portion of your budget on these features and use these elements to pull your whole design together. Check out local crafters and artisans, you may find some unique pieces that will add a wow factor to your home.
Tip #3: Save on Literally Everything Else
Here’s where you get to save! Everything else that I didn’t mention in tips 1 and 2, you can choose to be thriftier with. These are things that maybe don’t get used as often or maybe décor that you know you want to switch out with changing trends. With this be sure you consider a delicate balance. You’ll still want to purchase fixtures and finishes that will last without needing to buy top-of-the-line every time.
Here at Delight In Designs, we can help you invest smarter. We have an incredible store and showroom where you can find your splurges and your savings. We pride ourselves in maintaining a proper balance. Our designers can help you with the items you should spend a bit more on and the things where you can save. That is what they are trained to do.
Book your free discovery call with us, call us directly at 616-288-9780, or stop in our Grand Rapids, Michigan storefront and we can help you with your next project.
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