It’s really easy to go overboard when decorating your home. After all, who doesn’t want their place to have the best of everything? However, as exciting as it may be to follow the latest trends and styles, it is imperative to invest in a few timeless and durable pieces that will last you for years to come. If you are decorating on a budget, you must know the basics of where to spend and save money on home décor.
Usually, the decision regarding where to splurge and where to save when decorating your home depends on the usage of a certain item. Ask yourself questions like how often would you use this piece of furniture? Where will you place it? Will it bring you comfort? Do you want to keep it for a long time or would you want to replace it after a couple of years?
As most interior designers suggest, home décor staples and the items that are directly related to your comfort are something you should skimp on. On the other hand, you can save money on shelf accessories and small furniture pieces, as you might be inclined to refresh your home décor a few years down the lane.
Are you still feeling a little confused? If yes, it’s completely understandable.
For your convenience and ease, we have put together a list detailing where to spend and save money on home décor.
When and Where to Splurge When Decorating
Are you ready to spend money on home décor? Here are some of the items that you can splurge on.
- Upholstered Seating
- Dining Table
- Bed and Mattress
Let’s further discuss where to splurge when decorating your home.
Comfy Upholstered Seating
Sofa sets, couches, sectional and other upholstered seating in your home should be durable, beautiful, and most importantly, comfortable.
It is recommended to buy quality fabrics for upholstery. The material you choose must be comfy, long-lasting, easy to clean, and aesthetically pleasing. Some of the popular upholstery materials used in houses across Pakistan include velvet, silk, leather, polyester, linen, cotton and wool. If you have kids or pets, it is advised to invest in fabrics that can be easily vacuumed or cleaned with a homemade cleaning solution.
Meanwhile, cheap fabrics might look stylish and elegant but they start looking old and worn out in a short amount of time.
Check out the pros and cons of popular upholstery fabrics here.
Classic Wooden Dining Table
A good quality dining table is worth the investment and something you should definitely spend money on.
Whether you want to place it in front of your open kitchen or your dining room, a dining table is considered one of the most important pieces of home furniture. Therefore, it must be sturdy and durable. If your budget allows, you should even consider getting a customized dining table for your home that perfectly fits the available space.
You will also never get bored of a classic wooden dining table as you can simply trade out the accompanying chairs or reupholster them to change the entire look to match the latest trend.
As far as the material is concerned, Walnut, Deodar, Teak and Pine are the most popular types of woods used for dining tables in Pakistan. Opting for cheaper tables is not a good idea as they are usually made of plywood or other composites materials. These dining tables cannot bear a lot of weight and tend to last only a few years.
Here are some tips on how to choose the right dining table for your home that you might find helpful.
Cosy Bed and Mattress
Of every other item in your home, your bed and mattress are probably the most worthy of a splurge.
Your bedroom is supposed to be your personal sanctuary, a place that is designed to reflect your personality and style, a place where you can relax after a long day at work. Not to mention, there is no substitute for a good night’s sleep. Therefore, when it comes to buying a bed and a mattress, you shouldn’t think twice before investing in a good quality product that will ensure a comfortable sleep and prevent backaches.
The most common types of mattresses in Pakistan include foam, spring foam, memory foam, latex, and hybrid mattresses. You can find out more about choosing the right mattress in our detailed guide on the topic.
When and Where to Save When Decorating
Are you looking for some tips to save money on home décor? If you are decorating on a budget, here are a few things you can choose to save on.
- Non-Upholstered Furniture
- Throw Pillows
- Shelf and Tables Accessories
Since furniture and décor items aren’t cheap, let’s further discuss where to save when decorating.
Buying furniture can be a little tricky. In case you can’t decide whether to splurge or save when decorating your home, here is an easy tip: you should splurge on essentials and save money on non-essentials. For example, you shouldn’t buy a high-quality bed and pair it with a budget-friendly nightstand that you can easily replace down the road. Similarly, you can save money on end tables, kitchen bar counter stools, and even dressers.
As you may have noticed, most of the items mentioned above are non-upholstered items. These lightweight and easy-to-move pieces of furniture offer maximum functionality and are usually ideal for both small and large spaces. Also, you can simply sell them and buy new ones every few years to update your home décor without putting a dent in your bank account.
Colourful Throw Pillows
Adding throw pillows to your living room is one of the best low-cost interior design ideas for adding a splash of colour to your home. Instead of browsing through upscale furniture outlets, you can usually find colourful cushion covers for rather cheap at big departmental stores as well as local fabric and furniture stores. The filling inside the pillows last for several years, so there is no need to buy an entirely new set every time you want to freshen up your home décor.
If you are looking for budget-friendly ways to decorate your living room, buying inexpensive throw pillows probably ranks first. It is advised that you buy them in mismatched colours and patterns to add some texture into your room. Moreover, you can recycle old clothes and bed sheets to sew different cushion and pillow covers at home.
Shelf and Table Accessories
Unique decorative pieces can make your space look more personalized by reflecting your style. However, spending too much money on shelf and table accessories is never a good idea. Instead of blowing your budget by purchasing all your photo frames, vases, scented candles, potted succulents, and other decorative items from well-known brands, you can save up a good amount of money by only investing in a few statement pieces and buying the rest from local vendors.
Think about it this way. If you spend a hefty amount on a certain decorative piece, you probably won’t be able to replace it with a new one for quite some time. Meanwhile, purchasing more budget-friendly décor items would allow you to update your shelves and coffee table every few months to make sure your home looks stylish and trendy.
To conclude, you should be careful when deciding where to spend and save money on home décor. Household items such as beds, mattresses and dining tables are worthy of a splurge, whereas accent furniture and decorative pieces are among the things you can buy for a relatively lower price.
We would also like to clarify that the usage of the term ‘splurge’ does not mean you should purchase things that are out of your budget. Just make sure what you buy is the best of what you can afford. Similarly, look for economical décor pieces that don’t look cheap or are of low quality.
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