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Designing on a Budget

Designing a home or living space can be an exciting process, but it can also be a costly one. However, there are ways to design on a budget and still create a beautiful and functional living space.


  1. Start with a plan: Before you start shopping for furniture or decor, take the time to plan out the space. Make a list of what you need, such as a new sofa or a coffee table, and what you want, such as a statement light fixture or a gallery wall. This will help you focus on what's important and make more budget-conscious decisions.

  2. Shop second-hand: Many people overlook the possibility of shopping for furniture and decor at second-hand stores, but these can be great places to find unique and affordable pieces. Thrift stores, vintage shops, and online marketplaces like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace can be great resources for budget-friendly finds.

  3. Invest in multi-functional furniture: Furniture that can serve more than one purpose is a great way to save money. For example, an ottoman with storage inside or a sofa bed that can be used as a guest bed. These types of items can help you save space, and you'll get more use out of them.

  4. Be creative with decor: Decor is a great way to add personality to your space, but it can also add up quickly. Instead of buying new decor, consider repurposing items you already have, such as repainting a thrift store find or making your own art piece.

  5. Make use of DIY projects: DIY projects can be a great way to save money and add a personal touch to your space. Whether it's building your own bookshelf or painting a piece of furniture, DIY projects can be a fun and budget-friendly way to update your home.

  6. Be selective with Splurges: No budget is complete without a little splurging here and there, but be selective with where you choose to do it. Consider splurging on timeless, high-quality items that you'll have for a long time, such as a dining table or a bed, and be mindful of where you can save, such as with more trend-focused accessories.

  7. Work with a professional interior designer: Work with a professional interior designer can save you time and money in the long run. An interior designer can help you create a cohesive look and make budget-conscious decisions. A designer will have resources to find budget-friendly options you may not know about and will help you prioritize where to spend your money.


Designing on a budget doesn't mean you have to compromise on style or functionality. With some planning, creativity, and some resourceful shopping, you can create a beautiful living space that reflects your personal style and fits your budget.

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