Are you wondering how much decorating your house is going to cost? Whether you are using an interior decorator / designer, or doing it yourself, there are some key points to the process of creating a budget.
Before you jump into the next exercise, let’s go back to Tuesday’s blog post and make sure you have addressed the first two (2) steps. Which brings us now to step 3:
3.) Go into or envision each room you will be decorating and make a list of furniture, art, and key accessories you know you will need. For example, a family room may include the following:
Chair (2) +
Coffee Table +
Console Table +
Table Lamps (2) +
Area Rug (8 x 10) +
Wall Art +
4.) You could start a spreadsheet and start assigning values to each item. If you’re not sure where to start, check Pinterest
Or you can take your list and go to your favorite store on line and start filling your shopping cart. I’m not saying you need to PURCHASE everything in the cart, but you’ll get a realistic price point. I use Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn as a client / prospective client exercise because most people are familiar with either or both of these
A few shortcuts / guidelines if you’re looking to build a budget (for furniture only and not necessarily art & accessories) and do not want to go fill up your shopping cart:
- If you shop at Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware, you’re looking at roughly $65 – $95 / square foot.
- If you shop with an interior designer / decorator and do a semi-custom design, you’re looking at roughly $90 – $120 / square foot.
- If you shop with an interior designer / decorator for a fully custom design, you’re looking at anywhere from $125 – $300 / square foot.
Decorating your home all at once is NOT an inexpensive project if you do it right. However, you can always cut the budget OR implement the project in phases.
If you are looking to design or decorate your home, and do not know where to start – or do not want to do it yourself – please give me a call and we can develop a budget, design and implementation for you.