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Designer Decorating on a Budget

Updated on January 11, 2013

Everyone always dreams about having a fabulous decorated home for little to no cost, but no one knows how to accomplish those themselves, or they do not know where to start. For one, you should look at the big picture, and know the basic things you will need to make your home fabulous.

Lose the decorating books

Lose the decorating books and the other magazines that showcase off the overpriced rooms that you love so much. They are and will never be practical when it comes to decorating a room for a real house and not some fantasy house.

There is no need to dream about a room design that is basically a dream because you do not live in dreamland, but live reality where the magazines and decorating books only decorate for show and not for what you will be looking for.

Now that we got that out of our system we can go on to the fun part of this whole ordeal.

Recognize Quality

Most individuals cannot afford all the designer goods that they long for, but it does not mean you cannot look at them. This is actually a good idea because you will be able to see what good quality looks like and before you know it you will be able to recognize it without having to carry the hefty price tag. Always keep in mind you can find great quality pieces at affordable prices, the trick it knowing what is good and what is not so good.

Buy great quality at an affordable price

The trick to buying great quality items at an affordable price knows the retail markup. This will come in handy for a lot of things. For instance, furniture stores may say you are getting 30% off, but what they neglect to say is you are getting thirty percent off the price the retail price, not their price, so it is not worth investing in.

Shopping around and knowing your prices will not only benefit you, but will allow you to buy great quality items at a fraction of the cost; therefore, saving you some money that you can put elsewhere in your home decorating budget.

Know your style

You should know your style before you decide to go out shopping; however, sometimes you may want to browse different catalogs to see what you like or dislike. The main thing is never buy an item that does not fit your taste because they are in your price range. That goes back to finding items with great quality that won’t break your bank.

These few tips will not only help you decorate on a budget, but will educate you in this area. You will soon be able to learn what is great quality and what isn’t and what price you should pay for it. That is a good skill to have because it can help you in all areas of your life. Always remember you can have a great room that looks like a designer designed it for a fraction of the cost.


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