5 secrets from Dalia Tabbaa Freitekh to shopping like an interior designer

Plan Ahead:
When you’re looking to refresh a room in your home, it can be hard knowing where to start. Before you head out to the shops (or peruse items online), make a note of the colours, textures, styles and price points you are after Instagram and Pinterest are great sources of inspiration. Having a clear goal will determine your result, making it easier to compare costs and the overall quality of items before you make the splurge.

Measure Your Room:
Every home is different, so don’t forget to measure before you buy to ensure items will fit perfectly. If your sofa or bed needs to make it up some stairs, measure the width of the staircase at its narrowest point, as this can be easily overlooked.

Find A Statement Piece:
When shopping for statement homewares, focus on finding just one thing you love. Whether it’s a large sofa or a stylish velvet armchair, Dalia recommends choosing big impact items that will bring a sense of personality to your space and something that genuinely sparks joy.

Mix And Match Styles:
Whoever first said that opposites attract was definitely talking about home décor. According to Baron, unlikely pieces can really give a space that photo-shoot ready appeal.
“One of my favorite things to do to create a unique look is to use vintage and antique finds in combination with cleanly-lined, modern, or transitional furnishings,” she explains. “Don’t be afraid to mix the looks and styles. It’s an opportunity to show off your personality.”

Design Within Budget:
Speaking of your budget, Dalia says it’s imperative to know how much you want to spend before you start shopping. Make a list of all the things you’re looking to purchase, and then window shop to get a sense of the price ranges of each piece to make sure your budget is realistic. “Once you have a plan, you can make an intelligent decision about what to splurge on,” she says. “Don’t make that decision in a vacuum. It’s better to have an understanding of how your splurge purchase impacts the rest of your budget.” That way, you can understand when to spend and splurge.

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