Remodeling the interior of your house can be a huge financial undertaking, but anyone that has done so in the past will tell you that there are certain rooms (and things) within the house that should not be overlooked. While it is possible to save money by taking a more inexpensive route with certain items, there are places that, in the long run, will benefit from you spending more initially.
1. Bedroom – Sleep Like a Royalty
Take bedrooms, for example. People spend half of their lives sleeping, so paying more for a mattress is highly recommended. Even if you sleep alone, you should choose a mattress that allows you some extra room for comfort and maximum relaxation. After deciding on the size of the bed, take into account the quality of a mattress. People look for different things when it comes to mattress comfort; some prefer firm mattresses while others like a more pillowy experience – choose carefully! Think about what is best for you back, as well. There are great options to choose from when it comes to mattresses for back pain.
Being willing to buy an expensive mattress is a good plan because not only will you be keeping this mattress for the better part of a decade, but sleeping well can also improve other aspects of your life. It is important to remember, though, that a higher price does not always mean higher quality. Consider all of your options before purchasing your new mattress, and think about what you are looking for. Do you want a memory foam mattress or an innerspring one? Are you looking for a thin option or a thick one? Don’t compromise on the mattress quality, because you can always save money on other bedroom furniture.
2. Living Room – Eternal Excellence
Your living room is another place that you should prioritize. This room should showcase your personal style, but it also needs to be presentable and comfortable for your guests. When decorating your living room, consider piecing it together. There’s no reason why everything needs to come from the same set or collection; many people find that spending a great deal more money on smaller, high-quality pieces initially is helpful. Not only does this give you focal points for conversation, but it also allows you to be creative when decorating. Some people choose plants, a painting or a mirror, while others find a great table. Choose whatever you feel will work best in your room, and make that your room’s main feature.
Spending money on things that won’t ever be outdated is a wiser solution than going for the latest trends. For example, if you purchase a great side table and a nice chair or couch, but decide that you don’t want them in a certain area anymore, you can always move them to a different space. Choosing items that are multifunctional is a great option for decorating on a budget. Your style may change over time, but having items that can be reused is essential avoid feeling like you’re skimping.
3. Kitchen and Bathroom – Light Your Way
Two of the most expensive rooms to remodel or redecorate are usually the kitchen and bathrooms. Even though bathrooms are typically smaller than many other rooms in the house, they are used multiple times each day by many people, so focusing on them and allocating a great deal of the budget here is often necessary. The same goes for the kitchen, as many people use these areas to congregate when there are people visiting, or simply enjoy cooking.
Kitchen appliances, bathtubs or showers are often very expensive, and there is no way around including them in the schematics. So, you should focus on saving elsewhere while not skimping out on the most important pieces. However, another thing you shouldn’t disregard in these areas is the lighting. Think about the time you spend in front of your mirror, putting on make-up or shaving. The appropriate lighting can assist you with your morning routine. The same goes for kitchen – good lighting can assist in preparing food and with entertaining guests. Bad lighting can cause eye strain, so choosing the best options for your spaces is crucial, and it can even be fun.
Kitchens and bathrooms don’t have to be sterile or simply functional, and it is possible to include touches of personality within them, even if it initially seems expensive. As with any room, it’s important to include some special touches that give a kitchen or a bathroom a personalized feel. Some people splurge on a great countertop, or specially designed cabinets – even a lighted island that provides additional seating or a place for more food prep. Others will focus on their bathrooms, choosing great lighting, custom fixtures or an overly large shower. It’s all up to you and what your budget allows.
Remodeling or even simply redecorating is going to cost money, there’s no way around it. Rather than overextending yourself and going well above your budget, compromise when necessary and focus on spending the majority of your money on things that truly matter: a good, high quality mattress, great lighting throughout the important areas of your home like the kitchen and bathroom, and well made, highly useful pieces of furniture that can be swapped from room to room as time passes.