Shopping at a Home Decor Store Can Be Fun

Decorating your home is surely fun and an exciting experience, but it can also be difficult and frustrating, especially if you did no prior planning. It becomes much easier to shop for home decor items if you know what you are looking for. Shopping at a home decor store can be a good place to start.

Though a home decor store can be an overwhelming place in terms of selection, if you know the theme and color schemes of the room you are shopping for you are likely to find what you are looking for with less time and effort spent. Your planning should include not only the list of items to purchase, but the design of the room and the spaces that you are looking to fill.

Take an inventory of the belongings you already have to determine what to keep and what to move to another room. Magazines and books can give you a good idea of what you like, and help you to determine your personal style before you begin. Take the pictures with you when you go to a home decor store, and talk to the associates to see if they offer what you are looking for. Remember that color is important, so consider your chosen palette as you shop at a home decor store.

It is a good idea to compare the price of an item that you like by shopping at multiple home decor stores. Head out for home decor stores that offer sales and bargains first of all. And don’t let the large selection take your focus away from the item you originally came in for. Instead, stick with your predetermined list to avoid ending up with a cluttered and mismatched room.

Online Home Decor Stores

Many people today simply don’t have time to go from store to store to find the perfect accessory. This is why online shopping can be extremely beneficial. You have all the items and prices from different home decor stores at your fingertips, so you can search 100 home decor stores instead of just the few that are in your neighborhood.

Consider shipping cost when choosing something from an online home decor store: a great online deal may turn to be not that great at all, if you add on the shipping charge. In this case, it is still less expensive to buy the item at a brick and mortar home decor store if the shipping costs are higher than the item itself. Look for coupons or savings from online sources to help offset the price of shipping.

Don’t forget to revise the return policy of the store before you decide to buy an item. Many retailers charge return fees for shipping and restocking if you send a purchase back to them. A candleholder that may look great in a picture may not be the right height or color once you get it home, so take measurements and do your research.

And most importantly, enjoy yourself while shopping in any home decor store – after all, you are doing it for your home sweet home!

Finding A Great Home Decor Store

Jen and I have been to home decor store after home decor store looking for something unique. Wherever we go it’s the same accessories, the same furniture just dressed up a different way. No character, no style, no real identity. How can you as a consumer avoid the trap of the cookie cutter home decor emporium?

1) Stay away from the mall! Mall rents are a bit higher, so the chains can buy space but the average small business person is usually left on the outside looking in.

2) Bigger is not always better. If you want your home to look like everyone else’s, go to a big store and buy what everyone else is buying. The only exception to the big store rule is Hobby Lobby, in my opinion, they bring unique items in all the time and the prices are unbeatable.

3) Look downtown and not just in the big city. Our smaller towns and villages are great sources for little hole in the wall home decor stores. Take a place like McKinney, TX, for example. McKinney’s downtown square is an awesome source of home decor and specialty stores. Lee’s Summit, MO is another fine example of a downtown square with several decor stores.

4) Don’t be afraid to travel a little. Grab a couple friends, jump in the SUV and make a day trip of it. Nell Hills in Atchison, KS is one of the premier home decor destinations in the Great Plains. 95% of their customers come from over 50 miles away. If you’re in St. Louis, Kansas City, Omaha, Sioux Falls, Wichita, Lincoln, or Des Moines, consider a day trip to Nell Hills.

You are definitely not doomed to a life of bland, copy-cat, flavor of the moment home decor. Follow these rules and you will find those diamonds in the rough and open a whole new world of possibilities.