Our step-by-step budget guide will help you set up and stick to a decorating budget — without blowing it.
Plan for Success
What’s the dirtiest word in decorating? That’s right: budget.
Whether you have just a few $100 for a room makeover or tens of thousands, you’ll need to plan carefully and make tough choices to meet your bottom line. But budgeting isn’t all bad news: “Decorating on a budget isn’t about being cheap, it’s about being smart — making informed decisions and getting the best value for your money,” says interior designer Kristan Cunningham.
Make a Design Wishlist
Familiarize Yourself with Price Tags
Before you draft an itemized budget, hit the stores, catalogs and Internet to research how much each item on your wishlist will cost. If it’s been a few years since you’ve decorated — or if this is your first major home project — expect some sticker shock. Couches, for example, can range from a few $100 to $1000+, so price out sofas that meet your style, quality and comfort standards.