Tips to decorate your home in a cost-effective but efficient manner

Utility should be a vital parameter while choosing furniture pieces. Image courtesy: Interior Design/Shutterstock

The furniture and other appliances in a home truly reflect the mood and personality of the family members. While some people like colorful furniture, some others might prefer unique antique pieces or nature-friendly craft furniture. Having a clear idea about the interests and needs of the family members would make choosing furniture easier and hassle-free.

Looks and need

Every inch of space in an abode, especially the ones in urban areas, is costly. So, the utility should be a vital parameter while choosing furniture pieces. However, the aesthetic quality shouldn’t be compromised at all. The demand for furniture pieces that are flexible and functional is rising. For instance, one would spend quite a lot of time watching TV or working on laptops or computers. So, instead of arranging two different spaces for these, it would be wiser to get a furniture piece that could be transformed to accommodate both the appliances. Furniture that has been uniquely designed and could be adjusted to suit our requirements, using the latest technology would fit the compact spaces of smaller apartments in urban areas.

Complimenting pieces

You must consider factors like whether the furniture should make the rooms look vaster or improve the ambience of the spaces before buying them. Besides, you should also see whether the furniture complements the height of the ceiling or whether it would actually make the room look congested. You could always go for custom-made furniture that perfectly complements the spaces in the house and satisfies your needs too.

Buying similar furniture

You might fall for a beautiful piece of furniture or an interesting design that you have seen at your friend’s house or in a magazine or a movie. It is important to communicate your ideas and demands with the store manager of the furniture showroom or with your designer. It would be easier to click pictures and show them. This would help the store manager or the designer understand your needs and interests better. In case, you cannot find the ones that look exactly like the pieces that you wanted, you could look for similar ones that still managed to impress you.

Paint works

It is important to evaluate the furniture and décor that you have bought to adorn the interiors. Think of creative ways in which they could be aesthetically placed. Some pieces might look old. Instead of discarding them, you could try reusing it by giving a stylish makeover. A new upholstery work could elevate the look of old furniture or a fresh coat of paint or polish might make them look amazing. It is also possible to transform a furniture piece into something else. For instance, your old dressing table could be converted into a TV stand or the stairway could become a stylish bookshelf.

Go for taste, not trend

It indeed is an enjoyable pastime reading about the latest trends in home and decor. However, it may not be wise to blindly follow them. Home appliances and furniture are purchased as long term investments. So, there is no point in showing undue interest in seasonal trends. Instead, give preference to your taste and requirements.

Furniture or an appliance of charming design or a unique shade of hue might be the trend of the season. It is, however, important to remember that furniture would be in your house for years, even after they have gone out of vogue. But, do not hesitate to try new designs or experiment with unique trends if you are passionate about them. 

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