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Redecorate Without Breaking the Bank!

Redecorate Without Breaking the Bank!

You’re ready to redecorate (or at least update) your furniture but you’re worried about whether you can afford it.  It’s easy enough to spice up your home without breaking the bank, at least if you have a look at the tips below!  Whether you’re just in the mood for some spring spice or are trying to make some changes to sell your home, we can help you decorate on a budget.

  • Pick a theme for your home and stick to it! Planning is the most important part of saving money when decorating and the entire process starts in the mind. Pick a theme for your home and this will streamline the stuff that you need to purchase and will give you a clear idea about what exactly you need. Some themes are obviously better than others when it comes to saving cash. A minimalist theme is the most preferred when it comes to saving costs while a grand Victorian style is not really advisable.
  • Fix a budget. Obviously this may be the most important tip of all – if you pre-decide on how much you want to spend, you can break it down into how much you can spend on each item or each room of your home.
  • Research extensively and shop online!  Research on-line but beware of internet only furniture sites: As with anything, a well laid plan supported by research often gets you the best results and keeps you within your budget.  There is a myth that buying on-line is always cheaper.  While this may hold true for certain industries like books and electronics, where the model is the model and it is the same no matter where you buy it, furniture is different.  Furniture is a very “see it, feel it, touch it in person” purchase. Would you really buy a sofa without sitting on it?  Or a mattress without laying on it? Of course not.  It’s easy to make furniture look good in a picture, but what’s underneath the fabric and how that dresser is constructed is just as important as how it looks.  It could also mean the difference between you replacing your furniture in a couple of years or enjoying it for seven to ten or more years.  You may end up spending more in the long run replacing poor quality furniture.  Also, be aware of the return and repair policies of on-line sites.  They may not be as flexible as your local furniture store’s personalized customer service. And be cautious of Free Shipping.  Often times this means Curbside Delivery, where the truck pulls to the end of your drive way and you and your twelve year old are struggling with a 300 pound piece of furniture. We are all about great deals, but add all of these things up, and your local furniture is more often the better value.
  • Add an interesting item.  Bringing in a book shelf or mirror is an interior decorating idea that adds new life to the home and also organizes the space.
  • Sell old things to generate money for the new.  If you have old stuff lying around and it’s unlikely you will ever use them again, then sell it and buy new décor with that cash. Sure, it may not cover much, but whatever you earn with the sale will reduce your decorating costs. 

Decorating on a budget isn’t as hard as one would think – you just need the right mindset and a few handy tips.  Did you know you can browse our entire store online?  Check out what we have to offer at http://www.suburbanfurniture.com, then email us, visit our Facebook page or drop by and ask any questions you might have!

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What To Do First When Decorating

What To Do First When Decorating

You’ve read our blogs and you’ve stopped by our store and you’re ready to start redecorating your home!  Maybe you’ve already picked out the perfect furniture or maybe you’re still deciding.  Either way there are a few things you should know when you’re redecorating – where to start, what to do first and a host of other tips you should know.

Just starting your redecorating journey?  First, you need to identify the major problems and major areas you want to work on.  Next, set your budget. Follow this up by considering the scope of your project – how large or small it may be and how much time it will take.  Finally decide your decorating style (we gave you tips on how to do just that in a previous blog!) and remember that YOU are the boss!  Now it’s time to have fun!

Once you’ve done all that, it’s time to find some inspiration.  Start slowly and figure out what you really want.  Seek out places, people and things that you adore.  A great way to find inspiration is to view model homes or decorator show houses.  These show houses feature the work of talented interior designers and showcase their style and sense of design.  Watch design shows on television and visit home improvement websites to find what draws you in.  Visit museums and antique stores. Research design magazines and design books – you can find inspiration anywhere you turn!

And finally a few dos of decorating:

  • Sketch your floor plan before you start.
  • Do identify the focal point of the room (a fireplace, a view, a bed, an armoire).
  • Do define a room’s style in writing, being specific. (Not just “country French”, but “French Country with a rooster motif, chicken wire cupboard fronts, and a color scheme that includes black and gold.”)
  • Do coordinate fabric and flooring choices before making any major purchases, and before choosing exact paint colors.

And some don’ts:

  • Don’t let someone make choices for you.  Your home is your personal space. Don’t let someone else tell you what you should do.
  • Don’t paint first. You can buy paint in every color under the sun. In fact, you can have paint mixed in any imaginable color you might want. Choose fabric, carpet, and upholstery first.
  • Don’t let your furniture hug the walls. Don’t arrange the chairs, sofa, and tables all around the room unless you have no choice. Make groupings of furniture for conversations and pull pieces into the center of the room for a warmer feeling of comfort.
  • Don’t settle for cheap.  Don’t choose a piece of furniture because of a pretty cover or fun color. First, see if it’s well made, has interesting details or classic lines. If it does, you can always recover the upholstery in a fabric you choose or refinish the frame.

And finally (and most important) – have a great time recreating your home and life!