As an interior designer over the years, I’ve seen firsthand how people sometimes make mistakes in allocating their budget for interior design. Choosing which items to invest in or save on can have a great impact on the overall look of your home.

When it comes to interior design, there are certain areas where you should invest your money and others where you can save.

Credit: Mark Sikes

Where to Invest

There are a few key areas where investing in interior design will make a significant impact on the way you and others experience your home.

  • Lighting: Lighting is one of the most important aspects of interior design. It can make or break a space. Investing in high-quality lighting fixtures will help to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home. Make sure your lighting is a “living finish” ie. real brass and not metal that’s been sprayed to look like brass.
  • Everyday Upholstery: Everyday upholstery, such as sofas, chairs, and beds, is something you should invest in. These are the pieces of furniture that you will physically experience on a daily basis, so it is important to choose pieces that are well-made and comfortable.
  • Artwork: Artwork can add a touch of personality and style to your home. Investing in a few pieces of artwork that you love will make your space feel more unique and inviting.

Where to Save

There are also a few areas where you can save in your home:

  • Case Goods: Dressers, tables, and bookcases are not as important as lighting and everyday upholstery. This is the place for dupes and hand me downs. No one will sit on that sideboard. It just needs to hold a few decor pieces, maybe a table lamp or two, and the occasional Thanksgiving side dish.
  • Secondary Furniture: Coffee tables, side chairs, and end tables, are not essential for the functionality of your home. They make your home feel complete, but you’re not sitting in them every day. Also, if you pair them with nicely (ie. a drinks table next to that side chair or a well made lamp on top of your side table) any flaws will be less noticeable. 

Budgeting for Your Interior Design

Creating a beautifully designed home doesn’t require breaking the bank. By strategically investing in key elements like lighting, everyday upholstery, and artwork, you can elevate the look and feel of your space without overspending. On the other hand, consider saving on case goods, secondary furniture, and even trendy accessories, as these pieces can be swapped out or replaced more easily down the line. 

Remember, the goal is to create a home that reflects a cohesive style and makes you feel comfortable and inspired. Embrace your creativity, mix and match different pieces, and prioritize items that enhance your daily living experience!


Interior Design Tips: Where to Invest and Save

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