We all want that gorgeous designer living room that we’ve seen in the magazines, right? However, most of us can’t afford the price tag that comes with it. If you don’t have an unlimited budget, you’re not alone. But, the process of designing a room can seem overwhelming. Where do you splurge and where do you save? We always suggest splurging on pieces that will be used every day and saving on the smaller pieces and trendy accents.
If you do fall in love with an item outside of your budget I can almost guarantee there is a less expensive look-a-like out there. To show you some examples, we are going to give you the breakdown on two rooms. One room with a budget over 10k and another with a budget under 5k. That’s over $5,000 in savings! See how to get the look for less, below.
When it comes to your sofa we suggest that you spend a little extra money. That doesn’t mean it has to be the most expensive sofa out there, but do make sure you’re choosing a quality piece that will last. Comparison shopping will help you get a clear picture of both the cost and the features and benefits.
When comparing the two sofas below, we found the quality to be very similar. The big difference, the price tag.
Accent chairs are a great way to add interest to a room. However, they can be pretty expensive. If you plan on using the chair(s) often it’s worth it to spend a little extra. If you are just trying to fill a corner and don’t think the chair will get much use it’s probably best to save a little money in this category. Below are two leather chairs with varying quality. The Tyler club chair is great for everyday use while the Darren chair is a better occasional chair.
Rugs are not cheap, especially if you need a large size. Should you splurge or should you save? Personally, we view a rug as an accessory that will eventually get swapped out. So, saving is ideal. However, if you have no intentions on changing out your rug, by all means, splurge. Just be sure you are splurging on a quality rug that will last through the years!
End tables are more functional than anything so as long as it’s sturdy, you can save a little money here.
Coffee tables are another area that you may be able to avoid a hefty price tag. When comparing the two tables below, we were blown away by the similarities. The Carrera Coffee Table is $1,000 more than the Alana Coffee table but consists of veneers. This just goes to show you that price tags don’t always reflect quality.
Accessorizing, our favorite part of the design process! Accessories add personality and pizazz to your space. It is amazing how much they can really change the look of a room. These items are usually more trendy and colorful so they tend to get swapped out frequently. For this reason, we would recommend saving. Why spend hundreds of dollars on items that will be replaced in six months to a year?