Redecorating is an inspiring project for the new year, but can break the bank if you're opting for a full list of high-end items that have large price tags. When designing the new look for your space, opt for just a few of those large price tag items, but counteract those costs with others that cost much less. Consider a few of the options below for ideas on how and where you can cut some of these costs, yet create a look that would never reveal its true price tag.
Pick Your Paint
Choosing the perfect paint for a room is a big deal. While you don’t want to waste money on the most expensive paint available, high quality paint is important, especially if you plan to keep your home long-term. Cheaper paint can fade quickly and damage easily. If you’re planning on using brightly colored paint for a base or as an accent, the use of a better quality paint will ensure that those bright shades will last as long as possible.
Save on Flooring and Bathroom Tiling
While high quality paint can be worth the investment, flooring and bathroom tiling is an area where you can cut costs quickly. Unless you are using the flooring as a decorative focal point, opt for less expensive flooring options. Rather than installing hardwood floors, for example, look into vinyl or laminate options that come in very similar colors and styles. Not only does this type of flooring cost less, it is much more difficult to damage if you have children or pets, and cleans up quite easily. The same goes for tiles—many of which have less expensive versions you can use too on backsplashes, showers, floors, and other wall and floor projects.
Splurge on High-End Furniture
Furniture pieces can easily be the focal point of a room. If you plan on having a solid, knotted oak dining table that creates the ambiance of the room, for example, then by all means go with that more expensive piece. Especially if you plan to keep it for years to come. A large, comfy couch with a specific pattern, bright colors, or a fabric that will last for ages is probably worth the money. Use these larger pieces to match colors and base your other decorations around. Smaller furniture, such as coffee tables, nightstands, and other pieces that blend into the background or hide in corners can be downgraded to used pieces or new ones with a low cost.
Opt for Cheaper Knick-Knacks
Knick-knacks and other displayable items play a huge role in décor, but may not necessarily be worth the majority of your budget. Often, items on the expensive end of the spectrum can be replaced with lower costing lookalikes. Thrift stores are full of decorative objects looking for good homes, and the internet is a great resource for finding a less expensive version of the object you originally wanted to purchase. Try an internet search or browsing your local home and décor stores for comparable items that cost a fraction of the price.
Invest in Expensive Art -- If You Love It
Many folks are hesitant to spend much money on artwork in their homes, but these pieces can easily be the center of attention in any space and if you really love it, it will grace your home forever. So if you have a favorite artist with work that costs a pretty penny, go for it. Chances are others who enter your home will take notice of it, making it a great conversation piece. However, avoid putting too many pieces of art in one room, as you want each piece to stand out on its own.