1. Buying furnishings before having a plan can result in impulse purchases of things that you may not need. The best way to avoid making this mistake is to decide on your personal decorating plan before you go shopping. Based on your plan make a list of what items you will need to purchase and stick to the list.
2. Painting the walls a "safe" neutral color that will go with everything can end up being a costly mistake. One of the least expensive and most effective ways to make a room look magnificent is with color. When the walls are painted linen white it is often necessary to add more fabrics and accessories in order for the room to feel furnished. Painting the walls a color costs no more, and can create a mood or feeling that brings a whole new design element to the room. The key is to first decide on the feeling you want to create and then use the right colors to achieve it.
3. Buying furniture that is not the right size for the room can bring costly consequences. When the furniture is too large it can make the room feel cramped and limit placement options. When it is too small it can necessitate buying more furniture than is necessary in order to create a sense of balance and make the room feel furnished.
No mater what your budget is, you are sure to save money if you begin with a plan.