When planning to remodel or redecorate your home, it’s easy to get carried away with home décor. Equipped with a magazine cut-out or image of a professionally staged kitchen or living room, we grab our credit cards and start shopping. Before long, our shopping cart is chock-full of expensive décor, and our bill is enough to make our eyes water. Redecorating is exciting, but it can also be costly, especially if you’re the kind of person that likes to remodel often. The next time you renovate or decorate your home, try not to overspend on these items:
An area rug is the one thing you buy and then immediately trample on. Colourful and textured rugs can instantly transform a cold, uninviting space into a cozy haven. But, let’s face it: something that spends its entire life on the floor is bound to get dirty, even stained. And if you have pets or kids, your rug’s lifespan is even shorter. Want to find beautiful area rugs at half the price? Don’t go designer and avoid high-end or specialty décor stores. Try your luck at big-box home improvement stores instead.
Throw Blankets and Pillows
Just like area rugs, a new set of decorative pillows or a new throw can make old or tired-looking furniture seem fresh and modern. But as major focal points of your living room, you’ll likely get the itch to change those pillows often. Home décor styles changes as frequently as fashion, so if you’re the type of person who follows closely with trends, avoid spending too much money on designer textiles…especially if you have kids.
We don’t mean to keep bringing up children, but we do know that small hands and glass tumblers don’t mix. There’s a reason kids are given plastic cutlery and dishware up until grade school. They can be messy eaters and aren’t always careful with their dinner. If you have crystal champagne glasses that you inherited from your grandmother, keep them somewhere safe and use cheaper glassware for informal occasions.
Remember when decorative anchors and ship rope were all the rage a few years ago? Are you old enough to recall those bowls of wax fruit? What about large fake flower centrepieces or oversized wall clocks? Décor trends come and go, and while we’re not championing fast fashion, we do happen to know that decorative objects don’t last long unless they’re antique. Our advice: avoid the clutter altogether by investing in a few statement pieces that you’ll love for decades.
Similar to the previous point, “trendy” fixtures are more permanent homewares that may become eyesores and require expensive replacements in the not-too-distant future. These days, brass or copper sinks and cabinet hardware are at the peak of fashion. But maybe they will be the 80s pink toilets of the future. Our advice is to stick with classic lines and colours for your pendant lighting and cabinetry.
Are you looking for more ways to save money on your home renovation or remodelling? Hire a design team that will build you what you want the first time around. Contact Cuisines Nuenza today or visit our showroom for inspiration.