Home Decor: When Should You Splurge and When Should You Save? December 17, 2014 10:52

Furnishing home is a thrilling but expensive endeavor.  If you are starting from scratch, it may even be overwhelming at first.  You will likely see many beautiful and interesting things you want to decorate your home with but as you begin to make a list, or perhaps a Pinterest board, of your dream home decor for your home, you may start to realize that it is not within your budget to buy all of your “dream” pieces.  But, do not give up on the dream.  There is interesting and unique home decor at any price point and while there are certain things you should invest in, there are also other things where you can afford to save a little.  Whatever your budget is, stick to it and choose carefully where you want to splurge and where you want to save.

  • SPLURGE: Important Furniture

There is a lot of furniture to purchase for your home: sofas, coffee tables, end tables, sofa tables, media consoles, dining room tables, night stands, etc. The list goes on and on.  Splurge on important furniture such as your sofa and dining room table.  These are furniture pieces that are heavily used and that you want to last for many years to come.  A well-made, timelessly-designed sofa made of high quality materials from top to bottom will last for many years but a cheap sofa will quickly show signs of wear and tear.  Saggy cushions, worn out material and a creaky frame are sure to appear if you do not invest in a quality sofa.  A beautiful and well-constructed dining room table or set could last for decades and be the place you gather your family for meals and make memories.  A cheap table will wear out almost as quickly as it takes for you to assemble the poorly made pieces.  Invest in furniture that will see a lot of use but that you awnt to last for many years to come.

  • SAVE: Low-Use Furniture

A piece of furniture that will not be used very much or that is used more for decor than anything else does not need to be budget-busting. A side table or a decorative chair should not break the bank because it will be used less and therefore last longer.  But also, something like a side table or decorative chair may be a piece that you want to change out over time as your tastes change or you want a fresh look.

  • SPLURGE: Linens

Nothing is more uncomfortable than a cheap set of linens that are scratchy and wear out quickly. You will spend a lot of time in your linens and you should be relaxed and comfortable so it is important to spend a little more money on linens that you can really enjoy and that are truly luxurious.

  • SAVE: Curtains

Because interior design trends change frequently, as well as your personal tastes, curtains are an item where you can save a little money. There are many beautiful and interestingly designed curtains available today for any price point so there is no need to sacrifice style when saving a bit.

  • SPLURGE: One or Two Decorative Accents

Decorative accents in a room should not necessarily be all splurge or all save. All save has the potential for being boring or looking cheap but if you splurge on all of your decor, you are bound to get tired of a piece that you have spent a lot of money on.  Splurge on one or two decorative accents such as a great piece of art or an interesting accent piece that will serve as a focal point in a room.  Once you have chosen one or two decorative splurges, find other pieces that work with the room but are more budget friendly.

  • SAVE: Throw Pillows

While it is a good idea to splurge on some luxurious fabric in a few places throughout the home, there are places to save as well. Throw pillows are frequently something that will change seasonally or as trends shift so rather than splurging on throw pillows, choose some budget-friendly throw pillows and work in some more expensive textiles to add luxury in a room.

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