Decorating your home doesn’t have to leave you totally broke. Find out what you should be saving on and when you should spend more on home décor…

Decorating your home is either something you love or you hate, but it’s something that has to be done.

The good news is that it really doesn’t have to cost you a fortune; while we agree there are certain items in the home that you definitely shouldn’t skimp on, there are plenty that can come from the bargain bin.

Here’s our décor expert’s advice on when to splurge and when to save on home décor:

Rugs: Save

Unless you particularly want to invest in a special rug, you really can get away without spending a fortune on one. Many décor shops stock beautiful, expensive-looking rugs these days, so you don’t need to re-bond your house to get a nice one – and freak out when it’s full of pet hair or red wine stains!

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Couch: Splurge

It’s a good idea to look at a couch as a long-term investment. You sit on it every day, it’s a central piece to your living area and you want it to be comfortable, practical and to look good. In general, go for a couch in a more neutral tone, pick a size that suits your space and always, always, always scotch-guard.

Scatter cushions: Save

Scatter cushions are the ultimate accessory for your décor: they can add colour, print and texture in an instant, and they’re the easiest way to bring in a specific trend you’re currently loving. Because of this, we recommend you don’t spend too much money on your scatter cushions; that way you won’t feel guilty when you want to change them up.

Mirrors: Splurge

Now, you totally can buy inexpensive mirrors that make great décor pieces, but if you want to feel good about the reflection staring back at you, we recommend those mirrors have a bit more bang in their buck. A quality frame stands out a mile away!

Décor accessories: Save

These are pieces you want to be able to change up and move around – and not get uptight about when they get broken by a rogue child! Think vases, figurines and centrepieces.