How to Design on a Budget

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So you’ve decided on your space and even some ideas about how you want it to look – yay! But the first thing you really need to do is decide on your spend. I know, I know, no one ever wants to talk money, but knowing what you can afford long term will help you create a space that can grow over time.

In this week’s blog, I’m going to show you how to set a budget that works for your space and your finances with some useful advice on where to spend or save to get the best look for your space.

Where to Invest

Something I get asked a lot is where you should spend your budget. I’d always recommend investing money in the big ticket items, by aiming for higher quality. You can get great furniture from sales and outlet malls but It’s always best to spend a little more on solid wood units rather than say, laminate, as it’ll age better and last longer.

Don’t be afraid to consider used furniture too, this is another great way to save on your budget but still get high quality items that last.

Where to Save

Accessories such as curtains, rugs and throws are items that can be swapped out more regularly in line with trends or styles so I’d recommend saving on these. Smaller items here can make a big difference to the space and changing them out every now and then can add some variety for a little spend.

The Golden Rule

Just remember, it doesn’t take a ton of money to have great style – if you have $100 or $1000 to spend, you can make that number work for you and create a space you love.

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Hey there, I'm Michelle!

Interior Decorator in Austin, TEXAS

As the founder and lead interior decorator here at Cultivate Your Space, I'm here to bring you the vision your space—from the baseboards to the ceilings—even if you have no idea at all what your decorating style is.

My job isn't just to design a space you love. I want your living space to be a source of peace, comfort, security, and joy...not just somewhere you lay your head each night.

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