Every year, without fail, people come up with all kinds of well-intentioned resolutions that (more often than not) they don’t end up following through with. So this year why not set yourself up for success? Here are 5 tried and true decorating resolutions that will help you create the home of your dreams while saving you money. What could be easier to stick with than that?
I Will Not Get Caught Up in Trends
With the arrival of the new year comes the arrival of all the “trends” issues of decorating magazines.
Every one of them will tell you what colors and products are going to be hot for the next 12 months. Your job is to ignore all of them. Trends can be a lot of fun, and if you see something you like and it happens to be on trend, go for it. But never incorporate items into your decorating scheme simply because they’re currently trendy.
The very nature of trends is that they’re popular for a time and then they fade away. So if you feel you absolutely must incorporate something trendy, make sure it’s in small, easy to change doses.
I Will Only Buy Items I Love
Don’t buy items because you’re supposed to. Sure, there are all kinds of decorating rules that will tell you the items you should and shouldn’t have, but ultimately it’s your home and you need to decide what goes in it. And each and every item you choose should be something you love. When you settle for things because you need to fill a space, there’s a good chance you may end up regretting it and later having to replace it. Be patient, and don’t buy anything unless you really love it.
Every item in your house should bring a smile to your face.
I Will Measure Before I Buy
This resolution has the potential to save you quite a bit of time, money and frustration. Before you buy any significant pieces, whether you’re buying a sofa, a rug, or a mirror, make sure it will fit in the designated space.
Jot down the measurements of your room and where you need items to go in a notebook and carry it with you when you’re out shopping. Or if that’s not for you, measure the item in the store and then go home and measure your space before you make a commitment. For large pieces like sofas and beds make sure to measure doorways and the staircase if applicable. Getting something home only to find that it won’t fit is beyond frustrating.
I Will Bring Color and Fabric Swatches When I Shop
Like measuring ahead of time, carrying around some small color and fabric swatches can make your life a lot easier when buying things for your home. Some people think that taking a photo of an item is enough, but keep in mind that colors can look a little different in photographs so there’s no substitution for the real thing. Paint and tiny fabric swatches don’t take up a lot of room and won’t weigh you down, so there’s no excuse not to.
I Will Make a Decorating Budget
Here’s the tough one. Making a decorating budget can be a pain, but it’s really worthwhile if you have entire rooms to do. Decorating can be expensive, and when you don’t plan things out and allocate dollars to certain items it’s easy to spiral out of control. Make a decorating budget and do your best to stick to it. If you go over in one area you can make up for it in another.