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Top tips for decorating on a budget
Q I want my loungeroom to look amazing but I don’t have a lot of money to spend. Can you A give me some tips? It might seem expensive to put together a loungeroom, but the truth is lounges don’t cost as much as they used to. “Whether you’re trying to do it on a budget or not, you can pick up a lounge for under $500,” says Focus On Furniture marketing manager Samantha Clarke (pictured).
“You can go for a much more affordable lounge and then you can get fabric protection on top of that. You’re getting that warranty and peace of mind that the fabric’s going to last without having to spend a significant amount of money to have the top-end fabric.”
For those who are budget-conscious, Samantha advises avoiding leather, which can cost more.
She says the lounge is the most important piece in a lounge room and selecting the right colour can add longevity.
“If you keep your lounge and the big investment pieces quite neutral, it means you can bring the colour and style in with the accessories,” she says.
“You can mix your accessories up every year or couple of years and you’re not having to repurchase the big-ticket items.”
Samantha also says pieces worth keeping for longer include a beautiful rug and lighting, but artworks don’t have to be expensive.
“There are a lot of affordable artwork options, you certainly do not need to go out and buy a designer piece,” she says. “I think the right lighting choice and the right artwork can make a room.”
Samantha advises against spending a lot on accessories such as cushions to achieve a great look.
“We’ve got a huge range of them at Focus On Furniture,” she says. “We set up the ranges in the colours, based on trends, so you don’t have to think about it.”
For the final touches, she says retailers like Kmart have a great range of bowls, dishes and vases.