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You may think the key to any successful design project is sticking to a colour palette or consulting a designer, but really, it begins before you even pick up your first paint swatch. Starting with a budget for your project and tracking expenses as you go ensures you can feel good about the finished product without the stress of spending more than you anticipated. In this video designer Andrew Pike, a seasoned master of tracking all purchases for every design project, gives us his tips for completing stress-free and successful design project.


Need some help getting your expenses in order? Download our home decor budget tracker and get organized today.

Andrew’s Top 3 Tips:

  1. A contingency fund is a non-negotiable element of your design budget. Be prepared for unexpected costs along the way.
  2. Keep track of paperwork and receipts in one place. Exchanges and returns are inevitable.
  3. If you see something you like, confirm you can return it and buy it then and there to avoid disappointment on your return to the store.



Bonus Tip: Tracking all your purchases in detail means when it comes time to touch up your paint or replace an accessory, you’ll have a record of where you bought everything and what colour you used.




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