Where to Splurge and Where to Save When Renovating your Home

Renovating your home can be an exciting, yet overwhelming adventure. With so many options and different trends, it can be hard to know exactly where to start.

Renovating can also be a delicate balance between splurging on those dream pieces and being mindful of budget constraints. 

In this blog, we’ll explore how to make well considered choices of where to spend more and where to cut costs. We’ll help you along the journey, making sure you get more value for money out of your renovation, without sacrificing quality or style.  

Splurge: The foundations

One particular area that’s worth investing in is the foundational elements of your home. Flooring, layout, wall colour and cabinetry like your kitchen benches are all important elements that help set the tone of your space. 

Your choice of flooring can set the mood of the overall room. It’s also inconvenient to replace later, so it’s a great idea to invest in timeless options you’ll love for years to come. Think plush carpet, hardwood or luxury wood-look floors. These choices offer durability, style, and low maintenance, making them ideal for busy households.

Walls are another large area in your home that have a significant impact on the visual aesthetic. By choosing neutral colours you can create a versatile backdrop to showcase changing decor trends. You can always add a removable wallpaper to create a feature wall that showcases on-trend colours or patterns. 

Save: Decor items

With trends as transient as the weather, it makes sense to be frugal in this area of your renovation. Unlike your foundations, decor items are often easier to swap out and update. There are a few ways you can be strategic with your decor choices, including: 

  • Choose neutral decor items that you can easily adapt to suit different styles. 
  • Create a luxurious-feeling by swapping out soft furnishings such as cushion covers and blankets with tactile fabrics with inviting textures and rich colours.
  • Add pops of colour by incorporating personal items like treasured photos and meaningful objects of interest as decor pieces.
  • Decorate your space with plants, adding freshness and vitality to any space. 

Splurge: Furniture

Investing in high quality furniture can pay off in the long run. Not only does it enhance the overall look of your space, but also the comfort and functionality. Whether it’s a comfortable sofa that invites relaxation or a solid dining table that withstands years of dinners, you’ll want to select pieces that balance durability with style. Remember you can always refresh your furniture’s look by adding on-trend soft furnishings or simply rearranging the layout to give a new feel to the space. 

Save: Lighting

Natural light is an important, yet often overlooked design element. By maximising the natural light in your space, you can make your home feel lighter and more spacious – without the need for expensive light fixtures. 

Ensure that your windows are kept clear of obstructions, and choose window coverings that encourage sunlight to flood into your space. Strategically placed mirrors can amplify natural light and make rooms appear larger and brighter. 

When it comes to artificial light, there are a range of budget-friendly options to choose from. If you want a statement piece, splurge on a quality fixture to hang over your dining room table – keeping the more standard lights for other spaces. 

Splurge: Storage solutions

It’s true that you can never have too much storage, which makes it worth investing in. The right storage solutions can help enhance the functionality of your space, while keeping everything neat and tidy. 

From customised multifunctional storage pieces to shelving systems and smart furniture, there are a range of ways you can keep your space clutter-free. You can also get creative by adding bespoke cupboards and drawers to what would be forgotten space, like a key cupboard on the end face of kitchen cabinetry, or drawers under the couch.

Save: The finishing touches 

Finishing touches are important, helping to personalise and pull together your space. However, that doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot. Get creative with DIY decor projects or explore budget-friendly accessories to add character to your space. Scent has the power to elicit emotions and redefine the feel of a space, so adding simple inexpensive elements like scented candles, essential oil diffusers, or a bouquet of fragrant fresh flowers can elevate the ambience and complete your renovation look. 

Finding the right balance between the two 

Finding the right balance between splurging and saving is key to creating a space that you love being in every day. By investing in quality foundations, furniture and storage solutions, you can create a stylish and functional space that will stand the test of time. With careful thought and strategic decisions on decor, lighting and finishing touches you can add colour and character to your space and deliver an on-trend look that reflects your style and personality, while also being mindful of your budget. 

A well-planned renovation is an investment in your home’s future, so enjoy the process and the results it brings – happy renovating!