Fact versus fiction

Jul 23, 2012 | Anoushka's Blog

I have come to realise when working with my clients how important it is to be very realistic about what your budget can and cannot deliver right at the beginning of your project.  We all have a wish list for our home interiors, work we want to get done, items of furniture we want to source or simply a decorative piece that we have seen. However I can’t stress enough that budget limitations need to be always at the forefront of our minds when working through a project.

There are areas where it isn’t advisable to scrimp on budget such as any trade work that you are having done. You may get 3 quotes for a piece of work, and often you will find that the quotes vary significantly. However tempting it isn’t always advisable to always go for the cheapest quote.  If one quote is significantly cheaper there is often a very good reason for this. The materials that they are using may be of a lesser quality, always check to see where items are manufactured, ideally we want to utilise locally manufactured products and services, but of course this isn’t always possible.

When looking at fixtures and fittings, items that will be with us for many years such and floor and window coverings think about investing here. Also furniture items that are used on a daily basis such as your sofa and bed, these are areas where you will do well to spend a larger proportion of your budget. Items such as occasional furniture, soft furnishing, rugs, cushions, throws, decorative items, and lamps, these are all items where you can save money as you will probably want to update these more often as you move homes, or simply are changing the look of a room.  It is still possible to get that high quality look whilst mixing cheaper items with your investment pieces.

The best piece of advice I can give is to build your interior over time if budget is tight. Have a clear vision of the look you are trying to achieve and stick to this. As and when you have the budget in place, purchase the items and get the work needed done to realise your design concept. Most of all listen to your trades people and service providers, they will give the best advice as they know their products and services inside out. This way you won’t have to compromise on what you really want, you may just have to be a little patient until the project is finished.

If anyone has any great budget saving ideas, please feel free to comment below or send your images to me.

Thanks for reading!

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