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Friday, September 23, 2011

How much to invest in furniture for a room.

When furnishing your home, keep in mind that if it's done correctly, you'll love it for years, think of it as an investment. It's best to buy what you love the first time, and avoid impulse buys on items that will have to be replaced! 

Clients are often excited to tell me "we still love everything in our home!" (referring to items we added years ago). That's a sign of a good investment, and here are a few tips to help you achieve this.

First and foremost - Prepare a list with specific goals before you shop. When you search for items you should have a clear goal for an exact spot you need to fill should know in advance what size, shape, scale, color, & texture you need, and stick to it, don't purchase things on a whim! If it's your taste, and you're still in love with it after a week, you'll know you weren't just influenced by your mood on a particular day. 

Steer clear of "themes" and anything that's trendy. Example - the Ernest Hemmingway look, that came on strong a couple of years ago, then went out of style fast.

If you want to make a statement, do so through pillows, art, or small items that can easily be changed. Stick to luxurious textures and colors instead of prints for the main items (like a sofa or window treatments).

Furniture, window treatments & accessories give this room a welcoming look
Furniture investment budgets vary per person, you'll need to set aside a budget for furniture, rugs, window treatments, and accessories. There is nothing worse than a huge home that has the "unwelcoming" or "unfinished" feeling. Talk to a qualified interior designer, after a home tour they can give you a good idea of what you'll need to invest in furniture.

1 comment:

Darla said...

I love blending permanent--furniture and window treatments--with temporary or seasonal accessories. It gives you the flexibility to change things up once in awhile so you don't get bored with the same look as well as adjust easily to changing seasons.