Reserve bold colors and patterns for your smaller pieces, and stick with neutral colors and patterns for the larger pieces of furniture. Used furniture is a great way to save money. It is important to inspect used furniture very carefully before you buy it. Test all the doors and drawers, look for scratches and make sure the piece is sturdy enough. It is usually best to choose solid wood furniture if you are buying second hand items.Think about the color schemes of the room you want to put furniture in. For example, you may be in love with that cherry red leather couch, but is it really the best choice for your all pink living room. Consider the colors involved to make a really pleasant match. While it's good to talk to the salespeople in furniture stores, realize and remember they might not be your best source of advice and information.You can of course head out to a retailer, but you may also like to spend an afternoon making something you can use in your home. Before going to buy new furniture from a major retailer, look around for better prices elsewhere. Thrift stores are great places to find good bargains. You should also considering looking on Craigslist and eBay to see what type of items they have available. You may be able to buy more since the prices on the items will be lower.Be conservative with your color choices. You may be totally into bright red right now, and a red couch is calling your name. But where will you be next year when that color is totally out of fashion. Furniture is costly to replace, so you're better off opting for more neutral colors. When it comes to wood furniture, make sure to carefully read your manufacturer's care directions carefully. The finishes, waxes, and other treatments differ by brand, type of furniture, type of wood, etc.