Decorating a home can be very expensive—but it doesn’t have to completely break the bank. The best way to decorate without overextending your budget is to mix quality items where it really matters, with less expensive items where it doesn’t. When it comes to more expensive items, these are the ones you should splurge on.
The sofa is one of the most significant items you’ll ever buy for your home. It takes up a lot of visual space, it’s important for comfort purposes, and it’s something you could have for two or even three decades. Look for something made with high-quality materials such as kiln-dried hardwood and eight-way hand-tied spring construction, and purchase a classic style so that over the years it can be recovered if you want to update the fabric and give it a different look. Remember the rule that a high-quality sofa should last around 25 years while one of average quality should last about 10.
Quality flooring is a great investment and a terrific way to add value to your home, so always buy the best quality you can afford. Hardwood flooring throughout is usually the number one request from people who are looking to purchase a new home, but you can also consider other options like bamboo, cork, stone, LVT (luxury vinyl tile) and engineered hardwood. Do your research and determine the best material for your home and your lifestyle.
This is a tough one as art can be very expensive and even pretentious. But the key is not to look for expensive items because it’s important to have original art, but rather don’t be afraid to splurge on something you find that you really love. The art you choose to hang on your walls says a lot about you, and it has a huge effect on the overall look of your home. And when you purchase original art it’s unique to just your home-–no one can duplicate it. When you choose something you really love you can pass it down through generations, making original art a worthwhile investment.
Custom Window Treatments
Window treatments provide a great opportunity for adding color and pattern to a room, and while you can opt for inexpensive curtains, there’s nothing like perfectly tailored custom window treatments. Using high-quality fabrics for curtains and shades will also provide you with better privacy than cheap versions.
Dining tables are large pieces of furniture that can last for generations. The key is to buy something that isn’t just good quality, but trend-proof. Look for something classic in a medium wood tone that works with different styles of chairs. It’s likely that you’ll change the chairs over the years so that’s where you can stand to buy less expensive models. Spend on the table, save on the chairs.
Always buy the best mattress you can afford—no exceptions. We spend a third of our lives in bed so it’s very important to have a supportive and comfortable mattress. Be sure to try out several different models so you can determine what suits your body and comfort level best.
While you'll want to spend a fair bit of money on these items fear not, there are also plenty of ways to save money. Here are the home decor items to save on.