When you walk through the display homes, it can sometimes feel like you’re stepping into a magazine shoot. “Can we keep the furniture?” is commonly joked, but we know there’s an element of truth to it.
But decorating your new home doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are 5 tips for creating that magazine look on a budget.
Get mood boarding with Pinterest
First things first, get clear on exactly the style you’d like to see in your new home with a Pinterest mood board. Separate each room with its own board (e.g. living room, kitchen, master bedroom, MyRoom etc.) so that you have a good idea of what you like and what looks good together before you go shopping. It will also help you set—and stick to—your budget.
Scour Facebook Marketplace
As Gumtree and eBay become overcrowded with business accounts, Facebook Marketplace has stepped in with more of a garage sale vibe, connecting people with a genuine need to move their unwanted goods with those that may want them. And if you look hard enough, you may just find the perfect pieces for your home at super cheap prices—and sometimes even free.
Buy your artwork online
Thanks to on-demand printing, there are many online art sellers who can cater to a vast selection of styles. Desenio have a wide selection to choose from, with thousands of designs including photography, abstract art, line drawings, quotes and many more on trend pieces to choose from. You’re bound to find something perfect (and within your budget) for every room.
Invest in the right pieces
There are some staples that you just don’t want to scrimp on, including good quality mattresses, statement armchairs and sturdy rugs. The right pieces will last for years, and you’ll save in the long run by not having to replace them regularly.
Choose the right time to buy
Big name retailers have their yearly and half-yearly sales like clockwork, which means you’ll know when to stock up on essentials like good quality towels, bed linen, dinnerware and glasses. Cheaper basics won’t last past a couple of washes, which means you’re better off buying higher quality basics when they’re on sale.