When moving into a new house it is easy to get swept up in thinking that a new house means new furniture. But that is definitely not the case! You don’t need to break the bank, with these tips to be mindful of for things to splurge on and the things to save on:
One of the most important things to splurge onare the things you use all the time. When it comes to upholstered furniture, you want to make sure you get a good quality piece, to make sure the sit is comfortable and that the fabric and material will stand up to everyday use. To make the most of your purchase, make sure you pick a neutral fabric so it has a timeless appearance that will easily go with a variety of items and you won’t get sick of.
Lighting has an important role in defying the style of your home. Spend a bit of extra money on statement pieces in the great room, stair and kitchen, while saving in the bedrooms and halls. Having the main pieces in your common areas will give your house style in the areas you and guests see all the time.
Similar to lighting, you’ll want to spend a bit more on your main art pieces. Areas such as your front entry and great room are highly visible to guests and will be used often by your family, so spend a bit more on something that makes a statement and add your character into the space. In your bathrooms, bedrooms and other areas less used, don’t be afraid to use more economical options.
Lots of the time we have pieces from our previous house that are still in good condition, but people often get stuck on the idea that they are building a new house, so their furniture should be new too. We like to inventory items from a client’s home and then allocate what we think can be used to save some money in areas and decide what needs to be new. Don’t feel married to putting things in the same place as they were in your old house. Try mixing and matching to give yourself a fresh new look. Try moving your older pieces into the less frequented areas and buy new for the main areas, such as the living room and dining room. If you have a nice dining table, try switching up the chairs to give it a completely different look!
A sofa is something you sit on all the time, but side tables and coffee tables don’t receive the same wear and tear. Opt for more affordable hard finishings as they aren’t quite as fussy about maintaining quality and comfort.
While wallpaper looks great and can add a feature for your home, it is not very feasible to add wallpaper throughout your home. Adding an accent paint can make a huge impact in the look and feel of your space without breaking the bank. Try adding it to a couple areas in your home to get a cohesive look while still acting as a feature.
Toss pillows and small accessories tend to change with the seasons and with our change in taste over time. These are great things to save on, as they can easily be switched out and do not take up a lot of space. Homesense often has great options at low prices that still look great! Don’t be afraid to have a bit more fun with colour and patterns, as these items are less of a staple as can be changed out if you grow tired of them. Even though they are smaller item, they add a big impact.
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