MillHill TerraceScandinavian Dining Room, Sydney
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4. Learn how to dream, plan and stick to your budget. When it comes to decorating on a budget, it pays to think a few steps ahead. Will that cute "bargain" desk fall apart next year, requiring you to spend more money on a replacement? Perhaps a less-shiny (but sturdier) vintage desk would be a wiser choice. Look for versatile pieces that can be used in at least two different ways, like tables that can be used as nightstands or paired up as a coffee table. Knowing your style, choosing quality and taking things slowly will pay off in the long run.Get the guide: How to Decorate Smart and Slow
Tap into what you love. Pinpointing your personal sense of style and keeping a running list of things you love can cut down on decorating mishaps and buyer's remorse. If you know exactly what you love (and have the endless wish lists and ideabooks to prove it), you are already a step ahead. If not, put yourself on a spending freeze and devote your energy to exploring what you love.