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Why Break the Bank? Smart Interior Design Choices for Any Budget!

Did you know that your dream space doesn’t have to drain your wallet?! We love a good splurge-worthy piece here and there, but how do you know when something is worth opening your wallet?

Whether decorating your first apartment or revamping your forever home, making smart choices can be both stylish and budget-friendly. Let’s get into where to splurge and save on home decor.

The Highs of High-End: When to Splurge

Quality That Lasts a Lifetime

Photos from: @lynnbiasedesign & @blancmarineliving


You want something that’s going to stick around for at least your daily use furniture pieces. Invest in items that get better with age. Handcrafted hardwood pieces, thick quality fabrics, hand woven rugs, and down throw pillows elevates your home from ordinary to extraordinary every time! 

Think of it like a fabulous pair of leather boots. They might pinch the wallet at first, but over time, they mold to your feet and look even better with every step. It’s the same with home decor – that solid oak table? It’s an heirloom that’ll gather compliments and stories as they gracefully age. Treat your space to a few standout pieces that promise to grow more charming with every passing year.

Smart Savings: When to Save

Trendy Trinkets Come and Go

Photos from: @floraandfont

Now, It’s easy to fall for those trendy items that pop up every season. But ask yourself, will you still adore them next year or even a few months from now? These trends are nice today and overdone tomorrow, destined to get on your nerves in a couple of years. Instead of splurging on a bunch of items to achieve these fads. Stick with classic furniture and lighting, mixed with vintage standout pieces, and if you MUST get that farmhouse item, make it small enough to interchange easily.

Accessorize Wisely

Photos from: @brookemoraleshome & @by.channy

We’ve covered the fundamentals, now let’s dress it up. Think of cushions, curtains, and throws as the wardrobe of your home. You wouldn’t spend a fortune on an outfit to wear only once (except special occasions), and there’s no need to overspend on decorative items that are subject to your changing tastes or seasonal trends. These accessories are your go-to tools for keeping your space fresh and vibrant. They’re easy to swap out, and they won’t break the bank. Use these elements to inject new life into your décor with color, texture, and pattern, all while keeping your expenditures in check.

Why an Expert Makes a Difference

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Here’s where a pinch of professional wisdom goes a long way. Interior designers are NOT personal shoppers for your home, and they don’t just create beautiful spaces; they know the ins and outs of where to invest and where to get a good deal. With access to trade-only suppliers and insider knowledge, an interior designer can help you secure high-quality items at a fraction of the cost. They have an eye for mixing high and low, achieving a look that appears lush and luxe without a lavish price tag. Investing in their expertise can sometimes mean the difference between an overpriced, disjointed space and a thoughtfully curated home that looks both opulent and inviting on a budget.

So, what’s the takeaway from our little tête-à-tête? Balance is the name of the game. Know when to close your wallet and when to let the cash flow.

Now that we have this understanding, let’s Start Your Design Journey and make your ideal space more accessible. Hudson & Crane offers boutique interior design services in Washington D.C. and surrounding areas. 

Transform your home to put the way you live and the way it looks in harmony.

If our approach sounds like a match for you and your home, reach out and tell us a little bit about you. Let’s get started!