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How To Shop For Your Space Like An Interior Designer

Achieve your best space yet without overspending

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With numerous sources for design inspiration online, it doesn't seem like a bad idea to want to try to decorate your home on your own. If you're on a tight budget and can't afford to hire an interior designer now, the best option is try the DIY route. Although interior shopping can be fun, decorating can be tricky for many of us who have zero experience in the field. Where does one start and how do you prevent decorating blunders along the way? Here are some tricks to guide you: 

1. Start with a mood board.


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Whether it’s a digital pin board on Pinterest or an entire deck saved on your phone or tablet, mood boards are a great start to decorating your space. This is where you can begin to piece together ideas and looks that you want to incorporate into your home.

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Whether you want a country-inspired home or an industrial-style room, a mood board helps you visualize the overall look of your space and choose things that you like or may not like to integrate. You can add paint color swatches, furniture ideas, and even a layout. This way, you don’t get carried away shopping and purchase something that doesn’t quite fit into the style you’re going for. 

2. Buy priority items first.


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It’s extremely common to get overexcited about decorating—especially when you’re putting together your mood board. Looking through interior design inspiration sites can be overwhelming and sometimes can push us down a path of endless bookmarking and “online window shopping.”

But before you buy that woven plant basket you’ve been eyeing, make a list of pieces you need first and push back on things you want for later. You want your space to be functional first because a funky lamp can’t seat you or your guests at dinner. The best thing is to prioritize basic pieces and other practical items. Another thing to keep in mind is to not agonize over a particular piece. If you’ve spent too much time listing the pros and cons of a particular sofa design, then maybe you should keep looking. 

3. Keep measurements and a floor plan.

The last thing you want to happen is to make a purchase on a sofa, a cabinet, or a dining table to later find out that it doesn’t quite fit into your space. It happens a lot. When you’re shopping for your home, always keep your room measurements, floor plan, and measuring tape handy. Go the extra mile and keep photos of your space on your phone so you can look back to see if your purchase will fit just right or ease well into the flow of your room.

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4. Try thrifting.


Believe it or not, thrift shopping is actually a great way to find pieces for your home. Trust us, interior decorators do it too. Thrift stores or vintage stores are great places to find quality pieces. Since these pieces are usually from an older time, you're assured that these are mostly made from sturdier materials. Plus, these places normally sell pieces that have character and can add a charming vibe to your space.

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5. Make it your own.


You can follow pegs and ideas online but only you can add a personal stamp to a room or an entire home. It’s easy to make a space look pretty but a real home is hard to achieve. This is the advantage to decorating you own space. You can add your own personal touches like photographs or souvenirs from travels that bring together a look that complements you. Add flavor to your space by choosing pieces that you like and items that represent your interests.

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