When to Save and When to Spend: Home Decor

We’ve all heard the phrase “quality over quantity.” But how often do we apply this to our everyday purchases, and when should we? There is a time for everything, including when to save money and when to spend it. We’ll help break down what items to spend money on and which ones to purchase for cheap.

Decor is a personal process and you want your space to be somewhere you can escape, relax and make memories. A good rule for design is to splurge on items that get the greatest amount of use and save on the items you know you will want to change often. Here are a few guidelines for what to spend on and what to save on, plus coupons to save even more money.

Spend: Furniture

Furniture is definitely something you’ll get a lot of use out of. So you want to make sure you invest in good, quality pieces that will hold up to just about anything. A good table and chairs for the kitchen, a sturdy yet comfy sofa for the living room and a great countertop for the bathroom are all splurges. Using these Home Depot coupons, offers and deals can help you save money on any big item purchases.

Save: Area rugs

One exception to the high use rule are area rugs. These get a lot of foot traffic, furniture gets dragged across them and spills occur. Instead of spending money on this big item, you can easily find an inexpensive, stylish rug at all kinds of stores. Overstock.com is a good place to start looking and you can use these deals to find a decently priced rug.

Spend: Statement pieces

All it takes to make a room’s decor really come together are a few really good statement pieces. If you find a piece that will really, absolutely bring the room together and give it that special factor, it’s okay to spend. Just ask if the piece will stand the test of time to be worth the spend.

Save: Accent decor

Accent decor lets us change up a room quickly and at very little cost. Pieces like accent pillows, lamps, wall art and more should be purchased at a low cost. But don’t spend too much on accents! You can easily go overboard and spend too much. Save money on pretty and practical decor with these Cost Plus World Market coupons and deals.

Spend: Anchor pieces

Anchor pieces are what set the tone for a room, so you’ll want to invest in pieces that keep the design consistent. Items like a modern chair or antique wooden table will be focal points for the room. You can build and decorate the rest of the room around these key pieces.

Save: DIY

Doing-it-yourself is always an option to save money. Buy an inexpensive table using these HomeGoods coupons and repaint it. You can repurpose furniture you currently have. (I made a bookshelf out of free wine crates I picked up stores that weren’t using them.) Check out style and interior decorating blogs and magazines for plenty of inspiration.

These are just a few ways to figure out what you should spend money on and what items can be bought for cheap when decorating your home. There are plenty of ways to save money on everyday purchases.