Renovating and redecorating can be quite daunting, especially when trying to figure out how you’re going to achieve your dream space within a budget. Here are some tips and tricks to keep you on track.
Make a plan
There are so many great design resources to get inspiration and help focus your ideas. Create a mood board, whether by ripping images out of magazines, or creating design boards on Pinterest or Instagram – having a design direction is key! If there are certain images you find yourself re-pinning time and time again, use that as a jumping-off point for your own space.
Measure!! Whether you are tackling a full kitchen renovation, or furnishing your living room, this step is so crucial. When hiring a designer, you will be provided with full sets of drawings so you know exactly how everything maps out. If you are going the DIY route, tape out the floor if you are struggling to visualize the scale and layout. Measure door openings, ceiling heights, and narrow passages to ensure your newly purchased items will make it into your home!
If you are able to, live in the space before you make any big or small changes to see how you use and live in it.
Mix high and low price points
Pick out your key investment pieces and go cheap and cheerful with the rest. Whether it’s a family room sofa, or dining room table, pick a few main pieces where quality and longevity is really important to you. Perhaps these pieces can be in more neutral colours and tones so they can stay relevant and timeless over the years. Add colour, pattern, and textures through pillows, art, rugs, and other accent pieces. These smaller items can be purchased for less and added slowly over time.
Make a budget and plug everything you source into it. Excel will become your new best friend! You can start with your favourite items (that may be on the higher end) and swap certain ones out for more affordable options. Seeing it all laid out in a spreadsheet will help you prioritize and keep you within budget.
Refinish, reupholster, and re-envision. Often the bones of old furniture are still in great condition, but you just can’t stand the fabric anymore. Having existing furniture or vintage finds refinished and reupholstered is a great way to update your space.
Shop at home! Play around with the layout of your furniture or test pieces in different rooms. An item that has had its day in one space may be just what you were looking for in another.
Layering different colours, textures and patterns will add a whole new dimension to your space. This can be achieved through pillows and throws, art, and accessories. There are so many inexpensive and cute accessories out there to layer. Vintage and thrift shops are a fun and affordable way to mix new with old and elevate the space.
I believe that every home needs a little bit of green. If you don’t have a green thumb, succulents and plants that don’t need too much attention are the way to go. Having a few plants throughout your home or pretty flowers on your coffee table or mantle add life to our interiors, and are proven to reduce stress and brighten your mood!
Layering and staging a room is a process and takes time, but so worth it in the end!