Decorating on a budget

Question
I've just moved house and the expense was enormous. We'd like to start decorating but are running on a tight budget. Where should we begin and how could we get the house looking good whilst we wait for our finances to settle?

 
Answer
My advice on decorating a home is to always be patient. The first thing you need to do is put together the 'look' that you want to achieve. Create a file of images and specific furniture pieces that will capture what you are hoping to achieve. It is important that you have a fixed plan in mind, and stick to it. Alternatively do a mood board for yourself as this will help you stick to your brief. Once you have a plan you won't make any costly mistakes from impulse buying and buying items 'for now', which you will ultimately replace in the future. Rather put your money to good investment pieces that will last. This might mean decorating one room at a time, or living with some furniture 'gaps' in your home. Save towards each piece and always go for quality as it always pays off in the long run. Go without buying cheap knick-knacks that are instant gratification and rather save for investment pieces like window shutters or a beautiful carpet that will enhance and increase the value of your property. These items are life time investments. Also, always concentrate on the 'shell' of the house and spend your money there. If you get the floor, windows and doors correct and you base is right you can't go wrong. Don't spread your pennies - rather concentrate on one area.
 
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Giselle Wason
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Dominico House

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