When we handle both architecture and interiors on a project, we’re able to optimize space within the design of your new home while planning for the perfect interiors while keeping both budgets balanced in the process. Having stylish design doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Mixing up where you splurge and where you save is a key strategy. Investing in a few big-ticket items that will draw attention leaves you room to save money in other areas without interrupting the flow of your high-end look.
We like to talk about priorities early in the process. What’s your top five list of things you want to get out of this renovation? We can help you build your budget around those things. Something like a dramatic lighting fixture brings the whole room up a notch. It’s worth spending a little extra on a focus piece because of how much attention it grabs.
Also, it’s worth noting that some mid-tier items just aren’t at the same level as their upper-tier counterparts, and light fixtures are one of them (there are plenty of others that are – just read on to learn more). If you find one you love, it’s worth the expenditure because the significantly less expensive options will pale in comparison. Accessories are much easier to save money on without sacrificing the look you’re aiming for.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a trend – up to a point. There was a time when trendy design meant chevron prints everywhere. Imagine if you’d done a whole trendy renovation at that time. This is why we always recommend to keep splurge items as timeless and classic as possible. Highlighting the historic elements of your space and adding elements to complements those is a great way to invest in a timeless look.
A set of comfortable leather club chairs are never going to look dated in a study or den. It’s worth spending a bit more on those and finding bargains on a few currently trending accessories that can be inexpensively replaced when they’re no longer trendy.
The simple answer is look at the focal point in the room – that is where you want to splurge. The details in the background are the spaces you can save. If the lighting fixture is the piece, then the side tables don’t need to tie the room together. If you don’t want a showstopping Oriental Rug that was handmade in the 70’s, you can get something a lot more affordable that compliments the room’s real showstopper.
It is possible to create designs that are both stylish and affordable. Having an experienced design team helps. Debowsky Design Group will work with you to create a design plan and a budget that will work together to give you the home you’ve been dreaming of. Ready to get started? Give us a call.