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7 Money-Saving Tips When Designing Your First Home

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017
Photo credit: Studio McGee

Whether you’re moving into your first home or new apartment, there’s always a lot to think about. But top of mind for many is—budget!  While trying to make your home perfect on a budget can seem daunting, there are many fun and chic ways to design your home affordably.

To help you design your dream home (without running your wallet dry), we’ve rounded up our favorite money-saving tips that will take the strain off of your bank account and make your Pinterest-fueled dreams a reality. Now take notes, start pinning and, of course, our Decorist designers are here to help!

1. Plan Your Layout Ahead Of Time

Designed by Decorist Photo by Carla Choy

Before you go straight onto Pinterest and scroll through hundreds of perfectly decorated homes, consider your options. Does your home allow you to have an open floor plan? Do you have a nook or a hard-to-design square room? First and foremost, work with what you have and think about your layout. Measure every square foot, think about furniture scale (in proper proportion to your space) and measure again. Making sure you have done the proper leg work upfront can help save time and money. 


2. Invest In Key Pieces That Will Last A Long Time

Design by Decorist Image via House of Hipsters

When it comes to furniture you’re willing to splurge on think quality, not quantity. Choose a few key investments like a sofa, console or coffee table that will be a statement within your room. Consider furniture that is made of high quality materials that have a long lifespan such as wood, brass, marble and durable linen. 


3. Use Budget Friendly Accessories

Image via Decorist Elite Designer Jillian Scott

For a very small investment, we just love what a seemingly innocent accessory, pillow or throw can do to a space. Plus they’re just loads of fun to shop for and experiment with. There really is no easier way to incorporate a pop of color or to quickly update your look then with a new accessory.


4. Add Some Vintage Pieces

Decorist Showhouse Photo by Aubrie Pick

A home does not feel complete without mixing old and new pieces. To find some good old vintage pieces check out estate sales, flea markets, and online marketplaces like Chairish and Etsy for unique vintage furniture and décor. Inject the instant personality of secondhand items into your home while potentially saving big—what’s not to love?


5. Get Creative With DIY

Image via Sarah Sherman Samuel

DIY projects are great for many reasons: they’re one-of-a-kind, handmade and budget-friendly. A fresh coat of paint can dress up a plain wall or add new life to an old dresser and handmade tassels on a throw pillow can add some extra detail, color and pizazz.


6. Find Furniture That Does Double Duty

Photo by Bethany Nauert

Multipurpose furniture can save space and money. Storage coffee tables and ottomans can do double duty while adding style. A bar cart can be used to entertain guests or work as a unique side table. Simply find dual furniture that’s worth every dollar and looks good doing it.


7. Work With A Decorist Designer

Design by Decorist Photo by Jana Williams

Work with a Decorist designer who will help you design a room that precisely fits your style and budget—and you don’t even need to leave your home to get started. Decorist has over 400 + interior designer to choose from who can help to get that room you always wanted. Start your design project today! Happy Decorating!



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