Shopping for home decor can be exciting. The downside to all that excitement is that it’s easy to get caught up in sales or the overall look of a set and forget to do simple things like measuring to be sure it will fit in your space. Before you commit to buying, especially large pieces of furniture, it’s important to know your space and how you want to use it.
Here are a few tips for looking for home decor online.
Check Out Your Options
68% of consumers visit home improvement store websites before going in person or purchasing anything. It’s important to pre-shop either online or in-store, so you have a good idea of what you can get where and how much you might have to spend. Checking out your options online usually includes multiple stores’ websites and a fair amount of time invested, but will save you both stress and headaches in the long run.
It may feel like a waste of time to track down everything you want but not buy anything. By looking up the pieces you want the most, you can compare prices and see if you find anything that suits your needs better than your original plan would have.
Analyze Your Space
Before making any large purchases, it’s important to know the space you’re working with. Know your size limits, and take into account the location of any doors and windows in the room. A certain living room set may look great on the site, but be exactly the wrong configuration for how you want to use your space at home.
This also goes for smaller pieces and decorations. Think about the visual texture of your space. Adjust heights and widths to create some breaks and visual interest.
Avoid Saving Payment Methods on Certain Sites
As a result of a cyber attack against Target, payment card data for more than 40 million credit and debit card customers was compromised. While large-scale attacks like these aren’t terribly common, it’s still something to take into consideration before you save your payment method. It’s generally best to avoid saving your payment methods on certain websites in case of an attack such as the one Target experienced. It may be less convenient to have to re-enter your payment details, but it will save you the potential of having those details stolen.
Check The Sales Sections
You never know what you might find on sale. While it’s generally better to avoid impulse buys, there’s nothing at all wrong with checking these sections when you’re pre-shopping at a new store. This is a great way to start taking pieces off of your list without breaking the bank.
If you’re looking for more seasonal decor pieces, shopping the sale racks after the season has passed or in the complete off-season is your best bet for finding quality pieces at a steep discount.
Make Sure Outdoor Decor Will Work With Your Landscape
It’s important to make sure your grass has fully grown in before you start adding too much outside decor. Two factors impact how much soil erodes off of a landscape: the amount of bare soil exposed and the length of time it is exposed. More soil exposed for long periods of time will erode much faster than soil covered over by thick grass. Make sure you take these factors into account before you start buying a lot of lawn decor.
So there are a few tips to help you navigate shopping for home decor in a way that respects your space and doesn’t break the bank. Pre-shopping and taking the time to plan out your purchases may seem time-consuming at the start, but planning well now will help give your home a cohesive, finished aesthetic when all is said and done.