When it comes to the interior designing of your new constructed home, the costs can mount quickly. If you thought building the house itself was expensive, just wait until you try designing your home without a plan.

On average, building a home from the ground up runs into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. So it is natural that, by the time the structure is erected, new homeowners will want to save more than they spend. 

But you just built the house! The most exciting part is making it look AND feel good on the inside.

Do not despair! There are plenty of ways you can maximize your returns interior designing on a budget. You can fool guests and loved ones into believing you spent a fortune when, in fact, you actually saved some serious cash!

Like the expert interior designers Beck & Engle design will tell you, styling a home on a budget starts first with an organized foundation and plan. After you do the initial hard work in the planning stages of your project, the rest will be a breeze.

In fact, it will even be really fun! So buckle down and get ready to design the interior of your new custom home on a budget!

Don’t Forget About the Exterior

Oddly enough, interior design actually starts OUTSIDE of the home. After all, it is the first impression your house will leave upon your guests. It sets the tone for the rest of the visit. So it better be a good one!

The best part about exterior designing is that it does not cost a lot of money to maintain. However, it does require a little elbow grease. So really consider how often you can tend to the exterior fixtures of your home.

At its core, the exterior of a home comes down to the quality of the lawncare and the pathway leading to the home’s entrance. Maintaining evenly cut, fresh green grass for your lawn is the best way to inform guests that they’re about to enter into a tidy home with clean lines and a lot of space.

On the other hand, if you wanted a cozier feel, you could try introducing some foliage. Just make sure you can maintain it regularly, because there is nothing worse than an unkempt, overgrown bush!

Bushes and shrubbery ask for less maintenance than trees. Investing in two pieces of foliage that are easy to maintain and hardy enough to weather your local climate is perfect. Frame them on either side of the door, and you have an exterior entrance to make the neighborhood envious!

Nail Down A Vibe-and Stick With It

Just like in all other areas of life, the best way to keep a budget is to buy in bulk! Remember, if you get daily use out of something—and when it comes to your home, that is probably a safe bet—saving just pennies on an item can really add up to substantial yearly savings.

What does this have to do with interior design? The materials, of course! So when you are concocting a plan to design your home, try to picture a dynamic color palette that is neutral enough to be used in every room in your home.

Of course “neutral” does not necessarily mean neutral in terms of color temperature. Neutral colors in this context can mean different things to different people. You might feel at home in beiges while your sister prefers rich purples. This is the fun part: it is all up to taste!

But you still want to choose a color story that fits in every room in your home. This makes it easy to buy in bulk. With all of that money you are saving buying fabrics, tiles, and even hardware in bulk, you can splurge a little more for the quality of the items you are purchasing.

The Rule of Threes

As a general rule in interior designing, you want to stick with odd numbers. If you have a shelf, and you have three items to put on it, you want one to take the centerpiece. This “rule” remains the same as the number of things increases, as long as the number of things is an ODD number.

Of course, this isn’t a hard and fast rule of science. This is interior designing! Do what you want. These are just shortcuts to specific results. 

A good rule of thumb for even-numbered objects is to offset one of the objects to create visual appeal. For example, if you have four books, you divide them in half and then lean one of the books on another or position it in a way which differentiates it from the others.


Assuming you invested in bulk materials or have at least settled on a consistent, base color scheme, you can now start having the REAL fun that comes with interior designing.

There is no shortage of ways to individualize your rooms and spaces, even when you start from the same base color palette. Textures, shapes, and finishes go a long way to create dynamism in otherwise boring rooms. Little touches like these add up.

Even a thoughtfully arranged floral display can change an entire room. If you put it on your coffee table, you are creating an event-like space. If you put it on a bookshelf, it will take up less attention but still provide a certain coziness to the room.

The possibilities are endless with interior design. When your budget gets tighter, your creativity gets stronger. Happy designing!