6 Steps to Successfully Design a Space: Step 5 – Set Your Budget and Find Items That Work Within It


Budgets. The not so fun word when it comes to redecorating. We all have to deal with them, so here’s some things to keep in mind when you come to this step in the design process.

Be realistic and strict about your budget. Decide what you can afford and stick to it. Sounds stupid simple, doesn’t it. Yet, it’s the one thing we all struggle with. Yes, that $1500 chair looks amazing, but if it eats a 3rd of your budget, it’s probably not worth it. It’s important to remember the larger the decorating element, the more impact it will have on the finished design. So spend wisely.

Know who you are. I have come to the understanding that it will likely, take a little while for me to completely finish a redecorating job. It comes down to the cash I have in my wallet and it’s ability to match my tastes. If you are like me, you’re fine with collecting items slowly over time to achieve your desired look. If you are a little more impatient and want the project completed immediately, you may find that you will need to make sacrifices to your original design to purchase all your items at once. It’s up to you, what you desire and how much you have to spend.

When you have come to terms with your budget and time frame, you can start looking for items. Go on to Olioboard and search the product library. You can browse many stores and thousands of products in a few hours. Collect items you like and add them to a set or create a board. You’ll be able to pull similar items together to compare style and price, making the actual shopping process a lot easier and less time consuming. It’s a lot like playing high and low. Make a game out of it and see what you can come up with for the best price.

Visit stores simply to browse, or search catalogs or other online sources to compare prices. Ask for samples of fabrics, paints or carpets before purchasing. It’s amazing how different something can look in a store compared to your space. If you do buy, be sure to check the return policy before purchasing.

This can be the more stressful part of redecorating but remember, there is no real rush. Take your time and enjoy the process. The end result will be worth it.

Some additional tips to decorating on a budget

  • Wait for floor sample sales (usually July and/or January) to get good deals.
  • Keep pics of pieces you desire while hunting at discount or big box stores, flea markets or thrift shops.
  • Paint old furniture to give it a brand new look.
  • Every room needs a few key splurges to enhance the quality of the overall design. Choose a few items to splurge on and keep the rest of your budget for everything else.
  • Sparkle always adds a touch of glamour.