Everyone wants to make their house (studio! apartment! bach! cottage! or condo!) their own little beautiful bird’s nest. However by the time you truly find out what your own personal style is, you have probably spent so much time and money going through all the trials and errors. While the time might not be something we can help you with, we can certainly help you with your financial needs! Who says that every home décor purchase has to squeeze every penny out of your wallet? After all, there are loads of different tricks when it comes to saving on décor. Despite the extra efforts you may need to put it, the final result will make it totally worth it! Simply use some patience, luck, and know how, and you can make the most of every penny you had to spend. So here we are today to share with you a few unknown tricks of the trade that will aid you in keeping costs to a minimum on some of the most relevant home décor purchases, including furniture, accessories, and appliances. There is no doubt that furniture, art, frames and other décor will cost a bit of time and money, but believe us, it is doable to decorate your home into something stylish and gorgeous while on a budget! Just continue to read our neatly compiled list of décor-savvy, budget-friendly tips and tricks to help you out.
Buy Second-Hand and Skip the Brand Name
Hey, how about you skip those trendy chain stores, where the majority of your money just goes to the brand name, and choose a smaller, privately owned store instead? True, its name may not be as well known, but the style and the quality should be just as good. Besides, who on earth will be able to tell the difference between a $10,000 luxury couch and a just-as-lovely one that costs $1000 if you don’t make a major spectacle by pointing it out?
Another alternative is to go to your nearest thrift stores and antiques shops, read the newspaper to search for yard sales and estate sales in your local neighborhood and search online at sites such as Craigslist and eBay. Sure, the things aren’t brand new, but it is definitely true that the majority of antique furniture is mad much more solidly than those newer models. Just simply look for sturdy construction and you can easily fix everything else up; it is extremely doable to add a coat of shiny adhesive to give it a glossy look or to paint them over in a color you want. Simply applying a few coats is something even beginners can take on without any issue. It just so happens that time and time again, we are amazed by the one-of-a-kind, gorgeously handcrafted items people buy from these places … and all at an affordable price simply because of the fact that someone at some point had no clue as to what they should do with it!
Shop During the Off-Seasons and Around the Holidays!
The stores are famous for capitalizing on holidays because this is the time when people are looking to entertain guests or trying to spruce their living quarters in an attempt to outdo their neighbors and friends. Not to mention, the majority of retailers are trying to get rid of their inventory to make room for the new stock around Memorial and Labor Day. So if you have something you would like in a store of your choice, simply ask the staff when they are going to restock their inventory, then come back when next season’s goods are out.
Season has little effect on furniture, however when it comes to outdoor furniture, you should try to buy a new set of outdoor furniture near winter because when demand is low, the price is low. Trust us, you will save big time.
Say “Yes!” to Hand-Me-Downs
It doesn’t matter if you aren’t in your first home outside of home, just accept anything a family member or friend offers you and find a way to make it work. Repaint your Nan’s retro dining chairs, slipcover a dated sofa, add a pretty frame around that photograph. Just show off that inner creativity!
The Scratch-and-Dent Deal
The majority of stores have a section where they sell goods with minor damage for drastically reduced prices. Of course, you may want to take the thing you are buying into consideration first. If it is a couch with an uneven foot holding it up, then you probably want to pass it. However if you are looking for some appliances, such as a knife, and it only has a few, minor nicks on it, definitely ask the store if they would charge for it at a lower rate.
Usually when it comes to home refurbishments, it is believed that you have to have two of everything: two nightstands, two lamps, two chairs and two end tables. However buying two of anything is – pause for shock – two times the cost! But we have some relief to share upon you, there doesn’t have to be matching pairs. Even if you only purchase one item that’s in the budget, simply choose a less expensive alternative for its pair because there is only one thing that is important: the size. Make sure that the two items are proportional so that it can achieve an overall, balanced look.
Get an Older Model
New, fresh models come out by the truckloads so stores are always looking for a way to get rid of their old inventory. You might have to pass by the latest features, however if those extra options aren’t necessary then purchasing a previous season’s stock can really save you some serious cash!
Do you love being your very own stylist? Well DIY is one great, money-saving technique to spruce up your home. For example, if you want to make your own artwork, simply buy a large canvas, get some paint and after a swig of wine, go for it! So what if it turns out looking like a bunch of scribbles? Firstly, you can try passing it off as an alternative piece like Picasso or you could just simply paint again. If you don’t want to make your own art? Use your fashion accessories! It is stunning when you hang things such as bags, hats and jewelry on the wall. It doesn’t just help maintain the organization in your house, but it also helps make your wall space a total stunner!
Sign Up For Flash-Sale and Coupon Sites
There are plenty of sites offering members-only specials and deals on various brand names. Usually there are new sales posted each day and carries on for a few hours to a few days. So by signing up, you might be able to catch an amazing deal, but you have to be quick! – otherwise it might go out of stock!
Cash in Your Credit Card Reward Points
It is time to cash in all the reward points you have collected overtime from all the tiny purchases you have made and spend it on goods from the credit card’s associated retailers.
Treat Bookshelves Not Just as Storage, But as Décor
Have you ever seen films or TV series such as The Book Thief, Pride and Prejudice and Downtown Abbey? What do they have in common asides from being some of the best periodic dramas? They have scenes where you can see a gorgeous bookshelf that runs across the wall. This is a ‘two birds with one stone’ scenario, not only does having a bookshelf remove the requirement for artwork altogether, but it acts as an aesthetically appealing décor. It definitely needs some styling on your side. Keep it tidy and add a few accent pieces to tie the look together instead of stuffing the books, files and paper on the shelves in a nonchalant manner.
Skip the Extended Warranty
It is definitely recommended for you to skip the extended warranty. This is because the amount purchased to buy the maintenance agreement often costs more than the need. So according to most décor experts, keep the money and only use it for repairs if the need arises, as furniture is highly different from lets say your cellphone/laptop, which is far more prone to damage.
Perhaps out of all the things that you have learnt from the day you first moved out, you will rediscover your ability to use a wrench. After all, in college, almost everybody had to learn how to put together their unassembled furniture. If you put this skill to good use, then you will be able to save a ton of money and have the satisfaction of showing the guys that Bliss Girls can be handy with a tool too!
Repair and Maintain Your Appliances
Trying the repair route may just help you save up to thousands of dollars. This is a particularly good option to take if your appliance is high-end or relatively new (eight or less years). However, if the appliance is old or if the repair will cost far more than lets say 50% of the price of purchasing a new product, then it would probably be better if you replaced it. Also, maintaining your appliances, décor and furniture (cleaning them regularly, clearing the clog etc.) can really help increase the lifespan of them significantly.
Transport Your Own Furniture
If there is anyone who owns a truck or a van who is willing to help you out, cash in the IOU and accept their help because that why, you can get your newly purchased furniture back home without having to pay for the shipping fees. Yay!
Don’t Be a Sucker and Fall For the Bells and Whistles
So those shop assistants are really great at telling you why you need that over-the-top dishwasher: stronger power, faster time, extra spin etc. But be honest, do you really need all those sophisticated settings? Before buying anything, do your research and go for a brand you trust with features that you actually need. Don’t be a sucker and get tricked into buying something more expensive for features you don’t even need.
Hopefully these fifteen little neat tricks can really help you with your décor-ing fantasies because no home, office or venue should be feel left out when it comes to looking pretty. It just wouldn’t be fair would it? So if you have any other great décor tips, please tell us! We are always on the look out for fresh, new ideas to help out the rest of the Bliss Girls!