Budget running low? Trying to furnish your space for less? A fan of the luxe look without the luxe bank balance? Fortunately a restricted budget doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style – it just means you need to shop smart, style savvy and mix fresh finds with existing pieces – and voila…instant room refresh.
Let’s start with sofas. Typically one of the more pricey purchases in everyday homes, it’s easy to add a statement armchair or sofa to an existing neutral sofa to create a roomier setting. Another option to get maximum bank for buck is to opt for a sofabed rather than a sofa, especially if you don’t have a designated guest room for last-minute sleepovers. The good news is that the days of the uncomfy, clunky-looking sofabed are gone (can’t say we miss them), and today’s versions are supportive, space-saving and stylish. Happy days….or nights.
If space and finances are tight, then forget saving for a super-sized sofa and opt instead for a chic combo of a two-seater, an armchair and an ottoman – it’s versatile, can easily be re-arranged and the ottoman can double as a footstool or coffee table as well as spare seating. Winning.
Here’s a selection of sofas, sofabeds, armchairs and ottomans that should do the trick…
Let’s move onto the dining room. Investing in a dining table and an array of chairs can seem daunting, however there are plenty of good-looking options with purse-friendly pricing.
Another option is mis-matched seating, where you mix a few new chairs with those you already have, or pick up an eclectic bunch of chairs in unexpected styles and colours, throw them together, and….who knew…it just works.
Durable chairs crafted from polypropylene are hard-wearing, handsome and not hard on your wallet, while tables crafted from some timbers and timber veneers can look and feel premium – without a premium price tag. Choosing a pre-packaged dining setting is another easy option to pinch pennies without scrimping on style…
Storage is another area where it’s easy to save cash without sacrificing style. From bold bedside tables and statement bookshelves to console tables and media units, storage is seriously upping the style stakes – even better – it kills clutter and makes small spaces seem more streamlined….everyone’s a winner.
And finally, there’s nothing like art and accessories to add seasonal style to your space without over-spending. From throw cushions and retro posters to pendant lights, clocks and cocktail carts, affordable accessories are a financially-savvy stylist’s best-kept secret. Not any more.