Although the Social Security Administration has reported an estimated $3,000 dollar rise in the average annual earnings of the average American between 2014 and 2016, rising from $46,481 to $49,121, most households could benefit from saving a few dollars here and there. One key area all of us are guilty of splurging on, is with home decor. Just like the rise of fashion being so much more flexible and unique, and there being so much choice on the high street online, decor has become just as readily available. The epic amount of choice of soft furnishings, ornaments, creative indoor planters and second-hand options, combined with the sharing of inspiration on Pinterest, Instagram and other social media platforms – means a lot more of us now care a lot more about decor, and feel a lot more freedom to express our personalities and style through the way we decorate our homes.
This is amazing, but it also means there’s a lot more ways to spend your hard-earned cash, so purchases need to really count.
One way a lot of us end up spending more than we need to, is by following the trend for changing decor every season. It is important to understand, that this trend has only been created to try and get you to spend more money, more often. You can still have a trendy home without getting new decor all the time. Still unsure? These 5 tips will help:
Your Base Style Should Always Be Classic
The main parts of a wardrobe tend to be classic pieces that go with everything, and stand the test of time, you then mix those items with changeable, seasonal items. The same rules apply with decor. The core values of a room should be classic and neutral, so you can switch and change different aspects of the space to keep it fresh and modern. The walls, flooring, sofa, large furniture pieces (bookcases, cupboards etc) and armchairs should be a style that will go with a wide variety of soft furnishings and decorations.
Layering Means There Are Always Subtle Changes To Be Made
A room can be constantly changing with layered decor. Rather than the rug, throw, cushions, ornaments and art being completely changed for a new set, you should be looking at having layered items that you can add to or take away whenever you feel like it. So perhaps you have lots of lovely tonal grey blankets draped over your sofa, you could simply add a bright tartan blanket in the middle as winter draws in to add a pop of colour to the room. You have a selection of cushions with different tactile textures and luxurious materials in different tones of cream, and you can easily add a couple of bright yellow vintage cushions to brighten the room for spring or summer. Make them stand out even more by adding some fresh sunflowers to your vases. With ornaments you can easily take one away and add a new one, so there are new focal points – there are always ways to make small changes in a room that is layered in its style.
Buying Flexible Decor Will Take You Through The Seasons
In such a disposable world, it is so easy to buy cheap decor items that are throwaway. However, they won’t last long and will end up in landfill, so they won’t do you or the planet any good in the long run. Instead, Invest a little more cash in flexible decor items such as:
- Sectional Sofas – Modern sectionals are a fantastic form of flexible decor because you can change their form, they fit into various rooms of different shapes and sizes, and they tend to be made to last.
- A Strong Curtain Base – In your bedroom it pays to have some good quality tailored curtains made, that are of a high quality that fit your window perfectly. Have these curtains made so that you can add an additional layer of material that you can change with the season, or with a change in preference. That way, you’re only ever investing in one layer of material, not an entire set of curtains.
- Living Decorations – Plants continue to be a strong decor trend running through the seasons. Get plant gardens or succulents that can be moved between different containers, that way you get the beautiful living decoration displayed in a flexible way.
- Good Quality Cushions – Don’t buy the cheapest cushions you can find, as they will rip or become lumpy really quickly. Instead, buy good quality cushions that you can then put different cushion covers on depending on the seasons.
Bring In A New Season With A Few Additions
A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that a new season needs bringing in with a complete change of decor. This is not the case, and will cost you a lot of money. Instead, look at the room and think about up to five changes you could make or items you can add to make the room look different. One great way to do this successfully is to pick out the key patterns and colors of the new season. For example; if it is green with say, geometrical patterns you could add a block green cushion cover, a geometric cushion cover in the same green, some green pebbles alongside your candles and some sticks of bamboo from a vase. Just a few little changes will make a big difference to the room, and if you have created the perfect neutral base, they will completely stand out.
Keep It Clutter Free
Less is always more, and according to the minimalist lifestyle, every item you have should be justified and serve a purpose. If you have tons of clutter, then any subtle changes you make to keep your decor up to date won’t be noticeable. Every season, instead of bringing in lots of new things, make your first priority getting rid of anything you don’t like, or you don’t need. Give it to charity, give it to friends or family, sell it, or chuck it away – just get rid of it and move forward – give your decor chance to breathe.
Hopefully our five top tips to flexible decorating have you inspired to make better purchases this coming season. Your wallet, creativity and decor will all be better off for it.