Family life doesn’t come cheap, that’s a fact. Before you have children, you don’t realize just how expensive raising a family will be. This means that wherever you can, you look for ways to save money by cutting costs. While for the most part, this tends to be successful, such as when cutting electricity costs and food costs, there is one area that a lot of families struggle with, and that’s their interior design and decor. Who knew that your decor could be costing you unnecessary money?
The fact is that a lot of families make mistakes with their home’s design and decor which leave them short of money. These are mistakes that may not seem like they will cause money problems, but in time they will do, mainly due to wear and tear and a lack of quality. The good news is that once you’re aware of what these interior design mistakes are that will cost you money, you can easily avoid making them. To help you do that, here’s your guide to the things that you want to avoid doing:
Having wallpaper put up
Yes, wallpaper can look beautiful, of course, it can, but in a home, with children, it really is a bad idea. The fact is that kids like to make a mess, which means that often they spread food around the house, get paint or crayons all over everything, and put their mucky handprints all over everything, from the furniture to the walls. Wallpaper isn’t easy to clean, which means that if your children get it dirty, then you’re pretty much stuck with grimey wallpaper until you can afford to change it. Admittedly, changing your wallpaper doesn’t come cheap, so if you have to change it on a regular basis or replace sections due to your little ones getting it messy or tearing it, you’re going to end up spending a lot of money on it. Instead, why not opt to paint your home using child-friendly wipeable paint? That way you don’t have to worry about if it gets handprints on it or crayon, as you can easily wipe it clean.
Opting for carpet
Carpet might feel lovely and soft and be warmer on your tootsies but ask yourself, is it really a good option when you have kids that cause mess wherever they go? The problem with carpet is that it’s notoriously difficult to keep clean. Sure, you can use a carpet cleaner to remove all stains and can have your carpets cleaned professionally, but that all comes at a cost. Plus, carpets tend to need replacing more frequently than hard flooring, which is why hard flooring really is the best option. It might cost more initially, but in the long run, it will save you money because it’s easy to clean, stands the test of time, and won’t get trodden down like carpet does. A lot of parents aren’t keen on hard flooring because it’s not as soft or warm as carpet, but it’s still a better option. To make slate, tile or wood flooring cozier, you can always invest in underfloor heating or dot some rugs around. In the long run, hard flooring will save you a lot of money, so it’s definitely worth the initial cost.
Buying cheaply made furniture
Lots of home stores sell cheaply made and low-priced furniture. While this is ideal when money is tight, in the long run, it’s a bad idea as it will end up costing you more as you will need to replace cheaply made pieces sooner than you would need to replace well-made pieces of furniture. A lot of cheap, flat-packed furniture is made from MDF or plastic, not real wood, which means it’s much weaker and won’t last as long. If you pay more for a good quality piece of furniture, then it will last much, much longer than a cheap piece. Or, if you can’t afford to buy real wood furniture new, then why not buy it second hand? You can pick up some super cheap pieces of real wood furniture second-hand, they just need a coat of varnish or paint, and that’s it. It’s much better cost-wise to upcycle old, real wood pieces, rather than buying new, cheaper pieces of furniture. For second-hand pieces of furniture, the best places to shop are at charity shops, junk yards, on Facebook selling sites, and on eBay. When it comes to upcycling any pieces, there are some fantastic tutorials online on sites like YouTube. So even if you have no upcycling experience, you should be able to breath new life into an old and outdated piece of furniture.
Overspending on soft furnishings
One area that a lot of families overspend on it soft furnishings because it’s just too easy to do. Take bedrooms, for instance, when you’re doing up one of the bedrooms in your home it’s far too easy to spend more than you intended on matching bedding, curtains, and lampshades. When it comes to buying soft furnishings, from sofa covers to bed linen, you need to be smart about where and when you shop. For example, say you wanted to buy some new down pillows for your children’s beds, then it would be wise looking on sites like Plumeria Bay to see what offers they have available, instead of simply buying the first pillows that you see. You want to pick a high-quality option so that you know they will stand the test of time and be worth the money you’ve paid for them. You don’t want to overspend on soft furnishings, but you do want to pick quality pieces that you know will last well. It’s a case of being savvy and quality smart at the same time.
Not taking advantage of accessories
Last but not least, an interior design mistake that can be costly is not taking advantage of accessories. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking of accessories as another unnecessary cost, but actually, they’re far from it. Using accessories in your home can bring the space to life without having to spend too much money on furniture and other features. A few well thought out accessories in each room, from rugs and wall art to curtains and throw pillows, can make a big difference to the look and feel of any space. The best thing about accessories is that you can get some really great pieces for a low price. So using accessories to brighten up your home doesn’t have to be expensive, it can actually be incredibly affordable, especially compared to adding some more expensive features like additional pieces of furniture. The best places for cute, quirky accessories that won’t break the bank is online or from budget-friendly DIY stores.
Family life doesn’t come cheap; there’s no doubt about that. So when it comes to the interior design of your home, you don’t want to end up overspending, as you need to be smart with your money, to ensure that you are able to get by each month. Becoming savvy with how you design your home isn’t always easy, but hopefully, the tips and pieces of advice above will help you to do that. Believe it or not, it is possible to have a beautiful home on a budget; it’s just a case of knowing how to spend your money wisely as well as what you should and shouldn’t invest in. Once you’ve worked that out, you will find that it’s much easier not to end up penniless thanks to your home’s interior design.