Not sure if anyone understands my obsession with decor. I mean seriously, I may have a problem. Most women are obsessed with fashion and makeup, but for me, it's decor. Due to this “problem”, I need to be wise with decor purchases for my apartment. Yes. I like nice things, but I'm not about to give my last dollar to have them. One might ask: “How do you furnish a space without breaking the bank?” Discount decor is the name of the game. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps. Whether you're moving into your first apartment, revamping a space or getting ready to move into a dorm room, it's possible to save and have a great space with discount decor.
First, you have to decide on the aesthetic style you want. You’ll get burnt out looking at so many designs. It can become overwhelming. Decide if you want a modern look with clean lines or if you want a shabby chic vibe instead. With so many styles out there, this will be the hardest decision, but make sure you have fun while doing this. Doing this step will save you the stress and you’ll be happier in the long run.
The next step is budgeting. Have a set spending amount in mind. When you have a set amount, you automatically have a goal of not overspending. If you know you're allotting $50 on accessories, then you can have a clear agenda when shopping for things like vases, trays, frames, etc. This also helps with purchasing for larger items such a chair or sofa in the future. Don't get caught in the " I paid this amount" hype. If you like it and it's within your budget, go for it!
The third step is to look at high end furniture stores for the current trends. Stores like West Elm or Restoration Hardware can give you ideas and you can find replicas at discount furniture stores. You want to find the pieces you like, just at a lower cost. Furniture stores are like clothing stores. They copy each other with the same decor all the time. If I see a pair of pants at a Nordstrom's store and then see those same pants at Marshall's for a discounted price, I'm going with the second choice. It's only right and it’s smart on saving.
The last step is presentation. I know you've heard this before, but it's the same format when it comes to decor and design. It's all about presentation. Let's say a tray cost 10 dollars? Don't just throw it on the table! It’ll look like 10 bucks. Add some nice jewelry, a vase with flowers or whatever other nice trinket you may have. Dress it up to your liking! This will help add value to the decor in your space.
In the end, all these steps will lead you on the right path when it comes to discount decor. Don’t shy away or think you can’t have a nice looking space without spending a lot of money because it’s possible. It’s all about how you approach it and by following these steps, you will definitely be satisfied with your end result.
Jalei is an interior designer and the creator of www.thalowerwestside.com from the Bay area of California. With experience and knack for designing all types of spaces, Jalei's Tha Lower Westside Blog helps us stay in the know about home decor and design, but gives us the space to keep it urban and creative. You can link up with Jalei on the social media platforms below: