How To Set A Decorating Budget
Decorating a room in your home can be enjoyable, but it can also be quite expensive, especially if you do not have a decorating budget.
A decorating budget is important because it can prevent you from making unnecessary purchases that will affect your ability to complete an interior design project.
Here is some information about how to set a decorating budget.
Even if you have style inspiration, it is important to determine the size of your decorating budget when designing a particular room in your house.
To accomplish this, first, make a wish-list of everything you want to have in your finished room; when making your wish-list, take into consideration the size of the room in question since this will play a role in how much carpeting, flooring, paint, or wallpaper you will need.
After making your wish-list, engage in comparison shopping; you can go online and compare the prices of each product or service you want.
Comparison shopping will help you find the highest quality products and services at the most affordable prices. After comparison shopping, you can eliminate items or services from your wish-list that are superfluous or much too expensive.
The total price you obtain after the elimination process will be your final decorating budget. Note that your budget size may be a set number or a range of numbers if there are products or services you are still unsure about using.
Also, note that it is vital that you add in shipping, delivery, and installation costs when creating your budget.
One-Time Budget vs. Ongoing Budget
If you are decorating a room in your home, it is best to determine whether it will be a short-term or long-term project.
A short-term project usually requires a one-time budget because it is less complex and requires less time and effort to complete than a long-term project.
A long-term project is usually very complex and requires a great deal of time and effort to complete.
Oftentimes, people will divide a long-term project into multiple short-term projects so that completing it does not become too overwhelming. This is why an ongoing budget is suitable for a long-term project.
An ongoing budget entails that the budget may be subject to change over time, indicating that if you complete one part of a long-term project, that will likely affect the costs associated with the next part of the project.
If you are decorating your home office, you may want to choose a one-time budget if you plan on making a few superficial changes like adding in new furniture and accessories; but if you plan on making a substantial amount of intensive changes like tearing down a wall or increasing the height of the ceiling, you may want to choose an on-going budget.