Budget is not always a dirty word…..


Most times when I ask the client what their budget is, they avoid giving me a direct answer.  I think they feel that “If I tell her how much money I’ve got, she’ll spend the lot!”

bedget cartoonIt’s very important not to confuse “your life savings” with your budget.  An Interior Design Budget is the amount you are happy to spend to achieve the look you want.

If we as designers have a clear understanding of your budget, we know what direction to go in and are not sourcing items outside your resources.  Also we may be able to plan the project in stages or phase in some elements at a later stage.

Once you have decided on your budget, draw up a Wish List and include any Must Have’s you want.  Then if your Wish List is not within the scope of the budget, your designer may be able to suggest some alternatives or offer suggestions where you can make savings.

By being honest with your designer (and yourself), you’re more likely to receive an end result that you will love and still afford to enjoy.

Good luck.

About Karen

My name is Karen Hughes and I'm an Interior Designer from Dublin, Ireland. I’m passionate about design and I started this blog as a way to connect with others just as passionate as myself. I tend to ramble on about all sorts of things, projects I’m working on, people, places and things that inspire me (and some that don’t). So put the kettle on, get comfy and settle in. I hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to say hello. Visit my website to find out more about my services and view my work.


  1. Oh so true. How many times have I seen sheer panic at the mention of the word budget!

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