1 think alternatives
If you’re looking to change flooring but don’t want to spend a fortune, there are now numerous alternatives to real wood, marble or slate. As seen here, there are porcelain floors that can replicate a wooden floor – affordable and easier to care for. Enass Mahmoud, founder, Decor by Enass
2 first things first
Planning is key to hitting budgets. Think of your room like a painting and start with the floor and walls first, then add the larger items before you focus on the details. Lots of lovely little bits will look odd in a room where the flooring and wall colours are a little off, whereas a room with a great floor and wall colour will no doubt need fewer items in it. This may also save you money in the end. Matthew Williamson, interior designer
3 keep it key
You don’t need a huge amount of furniture, there is much to gain from ‘breathing space’ in a room. Invest in key pieces that are handmade instead of mass-produced – you will get more value out of them in the long run and they will therefore be more cost-effective. Angus Buchanan, creative director, Buchanan Studio
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