Shopping Tips To Make Your Next Design Overhaul Easier


For most of us, interior design purchases are a big commitment. In addition to likely having a higher price point, these items need to serve us well for several years. With expectations like those, it’s no wonder many of us want to be completely sure we’re making the right choice before buying a new sofa or dining table. The question is: How can you be certain?

If you’ve found yourself wondering something similar, you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled our favorite interior design shopping tips to help ensure you buy the right piece, every single time. Use them as you tackle your next design project and we guarantee your wallet will thank you.

Organize your inspiration before buying

Not only is it important for you to zero in on décor you love, you should also consider how well pieces fit together before making any purchases. There are plenty of tools to help plan out your interiors. It can be as simple as creating a vision board or making a new board on Pinterest to house all your links. That said, if you really like to plan things down to the finest detail, there are also several online resources that allow you to tackle tasks like scoping out floor plans and manipulating layouts.

Put big purchases first

When you’re trying to stick to a budget, there is one cardinal rule: Prioritize your big purchases. In the world of interior design, this means making sure you have your furniture in place before buying any accessories. That way, you know the room will still be functional, even if it takes you a bit longer to save up for the finishing touches.

Use search aggregators to find deals

Those on a really tight budget should not shy away from using secondhand sources to furnish their homes. With a little diligence, it’s possible to find solid pieces for a fraction of the price they would be in-store. You can use search aggregators to easier comb through the listings in your area.

Measure twice (at least)

Anyone who’s ever tried and failed to get a piece of furniture into a room can tell you the importance of getting measurements right the first time, both at home and in the store. If you’re buying furniture in a brick-and-mortar location, remember to write down the measurements or take a picture of the tag, so you have the information on hand for later. Then, when you get home, work on your layout. Use pieces of string cut to those measurements to block out the space each new item will take up in the room. Doing so will help you get a better sense of how all your furniture will fit together, as well as the walkway space you’ll have once the new pieces are in place.

Double-check your color choices

Color can be hard to nail down. The settings on your computer monitor can make a shade look vastly different than it does in real life. Even if you’re buying in-store, the lighting in that location can change how a color looks. With that in mind, do your best to make sure a hue matches what you’ve envisioned before committing to the purchase. Your best bet is to ask for samples. Many furniture and flooring retailers offer swatches you can rent to make sure a color will fit in nicely with the rest of your design. If that’s not an option, read online reviews of the product.

Making a big interior design purchase can be stressful. These items typically cost a lot of money and many will be staying around for the foreseeable future. Use these interior design shopping tips to help make committing to your next big purchase a lot easier.

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