The Squires want to find a way to merge their styles and decorate their home while staying within a budget. Ready to decorate your home but not sure where to start or how to pay for it? loans-advisor consults design experts for aesthetic advice for the budget decorator. Here’s a few basics:
Find your own style
New York interior designers Roderick Shade and Chris Madden suggest looking through decorating magazines and flagging pages that appeal to you. Come back to your favorite pages a week later, and you’ll see your sense of style and color shine through, says Chris, host of HGTV’s Interiors by Design. “That’s when you get a sense of what you love,” she says.
Sometimes treating a room like a blank canvas helps kick start the decorating process, according to Roderick, author of Harlem Style. I always suggest that people reduce rooms, you know, take your rooms down to the bare minimum, add back into those rooms only the things that you need to live in that room, remove everything else,” he says. “And something starts to emerge.”
A professional may help you save money in the long run
“A designer will help you not make those mistakes that are commonly made, you’ll get a better quality of furnishings, and you won’t have to go back and re-do.” Roderick says. “That wastes a lot of money.” Roderick adds that many designers will work on an hourly basis.
Don’t underestimate the power of paint
“It’s cheap, it’s instant gratification,” says interior designer Wendy Gallagher. “And if you make a mistake, just paint right over it.”
Invest in pieces that will last through the years
“My design philosophy is to spend your money on one good piece, whether it’s a comfortable sofa or an armoire or something that you love,” Chris says.
Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive
“I don’t think that you have to spend a lot of money to get a custom look,” Roderick says. “I’m a firm believer in ‘simpler is better.'”