Decorating on a Budget

Decorating in phases is a great way to start a design project when you are on a budget.  It is best to pull together your complete plan, and then take a step by step approach in order of your priorities. 

Project2 decor in stages

 One of the best ways to accomplish this is to go back to basics when you are selecting style, color and materials.  The basics work as building blocks for future phases in a design plan.  Furniture pieces that can act as a bridge between the existing look of a room and the future vision will be highly desirable.  This means style must incorporate the familiarity of tradition with a clean modern touch. 

Broyhill - Brennon Sofa

 Neutral colors and solid or textured pattern are the perfect elements for building a good foundation.   With the colorful neutrals that are now on the market, the opportunity for fresh impact can exist without making a commitment.  The right neutral can refresh the existing room while providing a delightful bridge to a future updated color scheme. 

 

These slipcovered dining chairs from Stanley Costal Living can be swapped out for a whole new look
These slipcovered dining chairs from Stanley Costal Living can be swapped out for a whole new look
But neutrals do not tell the entire color story.  There is a great attraction to bright colors that will add zest to the neutral foundation.  Trendier small purchases like toss pillows and table top accessories are the perfect place for these more adventurous colors that will bring energy to the room.  
A console is one of my favorites for flexibility.  The Alante by Sligh would be appropriate for home entertainment, dining room or bedroom placement.
A console is one of my favorites for flexibility. The Alante by Sligh would be appropriate for home entertainment, dining room or bedroom placement.

Always go for quality over quantity.   Quality furniture that is practical, flexible and multi functional is the best value in the long run.  Also the scale of furniture must allow for flexibil options so you can reuse it throughout your changing lifestyles.  Whether updating, downsizing or creating a new space;  careful choices will be you best budget savers.


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