If you search for information about home décor and interior design, you’ll inevitably find a multitude of articles and blogs extolling cheap and easy ways to update the look of your living space. And indeed, there are many inexpensive ways to do so. However, what many of these tips and tricks fail to recognize is that by sacrificing quality in the name of cost, you’re not doing your home (or yourself) any favours. Here’s why.
Cheap décor doesn’t fool anyone
Low quality materials and methods don’t stand up to scrutiny. They may be tolerable from a distance, but when someone sits down to get comfortable on poor quality upholstery, there’s no hiding it. There are certain things—like mattresses and seating—that simply can’t be replaced with low quality materials without it being painfully obvious.
That doesn’t mean you need to break the bank on a rare Italian silk upholstered couch. What it does mean, however, is that you should choose a simple sofa that’s created from quality materials rather than a flashier one manufactured with cheap materials for a lower cost. Your interior designer can work with the former to create an elegant, bold, or whimsical theme. The latter, on the other hand, is an obstacle to be worked around.
Cheap, low quality alternatives need to be replaced or redone more frequently
Initial cost savings all too often result in higher expenses later. A top of the line, hand crafted dining room table might be pricy, but these pieces can last for generations—and certainly for however long you need it. A low quality piece, however, will need to be replaced, and probably long before you’ve even gotten your money’s worth out of its comparatively lower initial price.
Light fixtures are another example of interior elements that you shouldn’t scrimp on. If you can’t afford top of the line new fixtures, consider having vintage fixtures professionally rewired. There are ways to approach decorating with a budget in mind without sacrificing quality.
Skilled labour grants better results (and saves you money over time)
A skilled contractor, whether the job is as simple as painting or as complex as installing mosaic flooring, will give you far better initial results. Their work will also stand the test of time, resulting in fewer expenses in the future in terms of maintenance.