3 Tips To Designing Your Home For Less

Posted on Jan 19 2018 - 11:24am by Samantha Clark

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Who doesn’t love scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram for hours on end pinning and pining, over all the gorgeous interior shots! We’re dreaming over furniture painted in Annie Sloan; rooms glamorously decorated in Farrow & Ball; subway tiles; furniture passing as decoration AND providing functionality; we sure wish we were that innovative!

We’re here to tell you that not only can you recreate your favourite #interiordesign styles but can do so effortlessly and on a budget; we share our 3 tips to help you have the homes you love.

Finding Furniture & Other Pieces On A Budget

Finding Furniture

Facebook Marketplace, EBay, Gumtree, Shpock & Etsy are all great sites to find new and preloved furniture and home accessories at amazing prices. You probably already know that. But our searches on such sites are usually limited when our expectations are ‘collection only’ (implying we physically need to collect it) or buyers are only offering local delivery; which means we’re often missing out on something we love or what’s worse, an incredible bargain.

We actually strongly advocate broadening your locality searches to find even better pieces and, most importantly, even better prices. Although the buyer is saying collect or local delivery only, if it is not feasible to collect the pieces yourself, why not organise a collection?  TNT offers a large and heavy collection/delivery service so if you find something you love and at the perfect price, there’s no reason you can’t have it.

Use these sites to search for all kinds of pieces in the home. From wallpaper and paint to curtain poles, furniture and everything in between, the pieces found on these sites are considered useful to someone else; sometimes they’re things that were purchased recently but never used or wasn’t ideal for their decorating but perfect for you; things that have been well used but have been upgraded or require a little tlc, and then there are others who have been working on a hobby or DIY project of their own and their creation is looking for a new home. By broadening your search you’re sure to find something that fits your purpose and within your budget.

Be Your Own Designer


Perhaps you don’t feel confident to execute the ideas you love. But we assure you, you don’t need a designer. All the ideas you aspire to are absolutely achievable, apply these tips to give you the confidence to carry out your interior dreams:

  • Create a mood board: From the ideas you’ve come across on Pinterest/Instagram, create a collage per room so that you have a physical representation of what it is you want to achieve.
  • Work out a budget: Once you’ve got your ideas fully mapped out, you need to determine the costs to execute. Either work with a budget you’ve set aside and aim to achieve everything within that or break your design project into stages i.e. we’ll get the flooring done first followed by painting followed by furniture etc. Firstly, make a note of everything you want to include in the project and make sure you account for the finer details (we always forget about painting the skirting boards!)
  • Get Samples: Before you plunge head first into your design project, sample it first. If for example you’re looking to paint, get a tester pot and test it in all different areas to get a true indication of how it’ll look- make sure you cover an area in the shade, sunlight, lamp light etc. The same goes for wallpaper, flooring and even furniture; make sure you’re happy with it before you commit to the expense. Note: If painting furniture, sample your chosen paint in a concealed area either underneath or at the back on an area similar to the front facing display to see how it holds and looks on your chosen pieces.

Learn Some New Skills


It can be daunting to undertake a decorating or design project on your own but it can save you a fortune if you do. If you don’t feel confident to DIY, the pros are on your side.

Farrow and Ball have a wealth of advice to help you achieve your designer dreams. Their advice centre has a wealth of information to help you prepare, paint and look after anything and everything in the home. Additionally, you can find information on wallpapering; the right brushes to use and they’ve a great tool to help you calculate your paint needs.

Annie Sloan has a bank of tutorials to help with the finer details. If you want to gild furniture, make cushions, make your own lampshade or rope shelf or learn how to reupholster a piece of furniture or any number of things really; these are definitely worth a look. Additionally, why not see if there are any workshops in your local area you could attend.

There are plenty of other articles, workshops, blogs and tutorials you can attend too to help you build your confidence and decorate like the pros on a budget.

Do you have any tips? We’d love to hear them.

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