As a decor lover, I have always changed up my decor throughout the year just for the fun of it. Since I have been blogging and Instagramming, let’s just say the amount of redecorating in my home has not decreased. I’ve recently received several DMs asking how do I find the time to keep up with all of that or afford to keep getting new decor. I even had one person suggest that I must have an assistant. Believe me, if I ever get an assistant, I won’t be able to contain my excitement.
The truth is, I have a few tips I consistently use when purchasing decor and choosing decor for my home for any reason or season that give me almost endless design options and ideas. I thought I would share a few with you here!
For these tips, I’m going to use some of my favorite pieces that I was recently gifted by At West End. Design lovers, if you haven’t looked through their catalogue, you are seriously missing out. They offered to let me pick something out and I had such a difficult time picking just one thing to feature. Ultimately, I chose the set of 3 tiered wooden display stands or pedestals with marble tops.
My number 1 tip is the larger the piece is, the more neutral it should be. By neutral, I’m talking about neutral in most of the design elements–color, texture, profile/shape, size, and balance in particular. I like to bring my color in with my unique decor pieces–pillows rather than the sofa; filler and florals rather than the vase and bowl; artwork rather than paint on the walls. That way, I can change up my decor by swapping out the smaller, typically less expensive pieces to create a whole new look. It also gives me many options when I want to change things because I have so many pieces that would work with my neutral decor.
The larger the piece is, the more neutral it should be.
With the set of display stands from At West End, you can’t get much more neutral than woods and whites. The medium wood tone with the white marble on top gives me the freedom to pick just about anything in terms of color and texture to feature on top. The colors are neutral but complementary, the textures are subtle but not flat. The polish isn’t too shiny, but they also do not look dull. The design of the wood is simpler and could blend with many different types of decor. I am a mixer of styles, after all, so this type of piece works beautifully in several different areas or uses. If you were to purchase such a set, you’d have many different design possibilities with just that one purchase.
In the photo above, I used them to display other pieces of decor. I was able to bring in various shades of green because the display stands are neutral. I could also use them next to the tub, holding a candle, some washcloths, or some bath salts and lotion. I could use them as display stands for pastries or hor d’oeuvres on my dining room or kitchen table.
The other thing I make sure to watch for is the size of the decor. In order for me to be able to use decor in many different ways or places around my home, I need to make sure I have a variety of sizes.
Invest in various sizes of decor to give you more options when layering and swapping out pieces.
Layering is the easiest way to create designs that are easily changed without needing an entirely new set of decor. And a set with three different heights gives me more options when it comes to layering other, more specific pieces for a season or holiday or for all year round.
Different sizes can be functional too. For example, I wanted a way to display decor or other items in the kitchen other than a tiered tray. Sometimes they’re just too large and I’d like something simpler.
Sets are great for giving you options while decorating, and don’t forget you can split them up too.
Since I have three different sizes, I was all but guaranteed that I would have the right size to fit under my kitchen cabinets or under the flowers in my centerpiece, even with decor displayed on top.
So, there you have it, three of my top tips to follow when trying to decorate your home for any season or reason on a budget: go neutral for your larger items for you can layer with smaller, less expensive item; pay attention to getting varying sizes so you can layer more easily; and sets are very helpful and don’t forget to split sets to achieve the look you want.
I really hope this is helpful for you and gives you some ideas on how to build your decor options. Do you have any tried and true tips for helping decorate on a budget? I’d love to hear them in the comments below or share them on my Instagram page!
And don’t forget to check out At West End’s beautiful decor. You can thank me later!
Until next time,