There are some things in life worth splashing out on (good coffee, a precious pair of shoes, a decent hair cut), whereas some items are just as good, if not better, when we have change leftover in our pockets – I mean, come on, everyone loves bagging a bargain! When it comes to our homes, it can be tricky deciding where and what to spend our hard earned cash on, so here are four simple cases where we suggest what to splurge on and where to save.
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Save – There are oodles and oodles of kitchen cabinets and carcasses on offer online and on the high street, so it’s easier than ever to be smart with your cash. Stick to a simple and understated kitchen design that doesn’t cost the earth and it’ll look chic, date a lot slower, and save you a small fortune. You can always improve the look of kitchen doors with snazzy handles and stylish splashbacks. IKEA offers a failsafe range and if you want a more customised look, try Hackers of Ikea kitchens – Superfront
Spend – No matter what your budget is, there are ways to really up the anti when it comes to your interior, if you spend in the right places, that is. Your kitchen can be a basic white shell, but if your kitchen appliances look dated or crummy, your whole kitchen will end up looking unattractive. Swap dated appliances for shiny new ones, and not only will your space look tons better, but you’ll actually enjoy the benefit of appliances that work, saving you time and money in the long run.
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Save – Bathroom suites shouldn’t cost the earth, so don’t blow your whole budget on the best quality bath, basin and loo when you can use accessories to make your suite look a million dollars. Bathstore and Victorian Plumbing are two great sites for affordable bathroom sanitaryware in a range of traditional and contemporary styles.
Spend – Good quality bathroom taps are what will make your bathroom feel and look more expensive that it actually is. Give your basic bath a makeover with a proper, traditional style mixer tap and showerhead for a freestanding tub feel, and update your basin with a super stylish tap set. Your guests will be fooled into thinking your whole bathroom cost a fortune!
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Save – When it comes to the bedroom, there are so many areas to save on – gorgeous bedding sets, mirrors and lighting can all be found on the high street at amazing prices, so why spend more than you have to?
Spend – But when it comes to comfort, you really should invest in a proper bed and heavenly mattress. We’re in bed for rather a lot of our lives, so let’s make sure that time is spent in pure and utter comfort! Companies like Loaf and Sofa.com offer a fabulous range of comfy, on-trend designs.
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Save – Decorating is a time-consuming, expensive and labour-intensive task, some of us love it, and some of us hate it. But whether you go for top-end Farrow & Ball paint and Cole & Son wallpaper or you stick to more affordable Dulux Trade paint and own-brand wallpapers, the end result will be just as lovely and considered. Paint and paper can be changed oh-so quickly as trends come and go, so why not make it a little easier on your purse, too!
Spend – While wallpaper and paint can be altered as often or as little as you like, internal doors are much more of a faff to change, and cost more to begin with, so investing in good-quality doors on the off will save you time and money in the long run. We have a fabulous range of internal doors here, www.todd-doors.co.uk/internal-doors/, as well as door furniture, that’ll look gorgeous for years to come.