Spend… and save: interior design tips with The Irish Country Home
When it comes to decorating your home, what you choose will invariably depend on the budget – for some items you’ll want to spend more, for others you’re happy with the cheaper pieces. We have chosen a selection of items which, regardless of the price, can be considered investment purchases. We submit the design to a budget and other questions to Laura.
If you’re decorating your home on a budget, what can you save on furniture or accessories?
There are so many choices available for budget shopping. Look for furniture and accessories in places like IKEA, or ask loved ones if they have any rooms they no longer use. Upcycling is so popular these days and it’s great to see furniture come back to life and be more environmentally friendly.
What should you spend on, if possible?
I would invest most of my money in the essentials be it the sofa for the living room or a good quality bed for the bedroom. Once you have the right canvas, you can definitely save on accessories. There are so many department stores selling affordable art, cushions and finishing touches now and it gives people a lot of leeway to decorate their space cost-effectively.
What trends are there for homes in 2021?
I think the Nordic design trends keep growing because they evoke a sense of calm and this has never been more desirable than in 2021. But the same goes for the “ Granny chic ” look where you will see lots of patterns in wall coverings, cushions and accessories. I think if you can pair your Granny chic furniture with modern pieces, you can definitely achieve the look and create a warm and welcoming home.
Are there smart ways to maximize space?
The easiest way to maximize space is to add smart storage to your interiors. Add a basket next to a chair where magazines, books, and throws can live. Choose sideboards or display cases with storage space instead of open consoles. If you have an open console, add baskets below for more storage. Not only is this functional, but it looks good too.
How important is color and texture?
Color and texture are everything in my opinion. A flat canvas will never feel like home. A neutral wall color is fine as long as you pair it with layers of different textures throughout the space. Both are what will add character to the house.
The most important thing to buy is …
High quality furniture that will stand the test of time. I firmly believe in the saying “if you buy cheap, you buy twice”, so I will always invest in the most important parts. Home accessories come and go, but your basic pieces should be made to last.
Are there any non-our interiors?
Don’t buy everything at the same time. While you may feel like a house needs to be fully furnished to be complete, I would always say take your time. It’s amazing how much your tastes will change and making hasty decisions will always lead to regret. I think the house should always evolve and for me that is the best asset. You can continually add layers of personality.
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1 lambswool throw, £ 120, The Irish Country Home
2 Solid oak bookcase, £ 379.99, Oak Furnitureland
Large 3-splash vase, £ 15, M&S
4 Waffle throw, £ 16.99, Very
5 Indoor planter, £ 5, Wilko
6 Vanity mirror, £ 195, Oliver Bonas, due in August
7 Nola sofa, £ 1,216, Nest.co.uk
8 Ocean Drive Carpets, from £ 80, Next
9 Slim Round Mirror, £ 250, Harvey Norman
10 Minakari Cobalt Velvet Cushion, £ 110, Designers Guild
11 Chair from £ 369, John Lewis
12 Hurricane Steel Ring, £ 120, Amara