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There is a lot to be said for furnishing an entire room at once. A well-designed space comes together organically as you add layers, but thinking through the entire space before jumping into purchasing anything will always get you the ultimate end result. Designing an entire room at once also costs money, so let’s talk about where to splurge and save on any fresh furnishing projects throughout your home.
A solid high/low mix is critical when it comes to furnishing an established feeling space. It is key to splurge on the more heavily visible and functional items throughout your home. Every splurge allows you to offset it with more opportunities to save. A single splurge can ramp up your space to the point that anywhere you save feels elevated by adjacency [kind of like surrounding yourself with people who make you a better you!].
Spending more than you may be totally used to spending on upholstered furnishings will ALWAYS pay for itself ten-fold with the longevity and comfort of the piece [think cushion fill and fabric when it comes to spending more for quality].
Scoring side tables at an estate sale, vintage shop, or even garage sale in the right scale to sit adjacent to your upholstered “splurge” is the perfect “save”! Occasional tables can always be layered with books, coasters, a lamp, or a tray to hide imperfections or even a finish that may not feel as perfect as it would have with another splurge.
Textiles and larger furnishing pieces are always a place to splurge, especially if they will be heavily used in your room. The more visible and functional pieces, the more you will want to dedicate your budget, even if that means phasing in your final selections of furnishings, accessories, and artwork over time.
Smaller occasional pieces that are 1. less visible, 2. can be layered onto through styling, and 3. don’t get heavy traffic on the daily, are the perfect items to save on. If you are absolutely in love with a side table that you know would ramp up the aesthetic and function of your space, go for it, and save on something else to offset it where helpful [don’t forget about repurposing items you already have and you may not be giving enough attention to for this freshly designed space!].
The goal of any successful home project is to plan ahead with inspiration, planning, budgeting, and sourcing BEFORE you dive head-first first into purchasing. [If you need a FREE kick-start to motivate this thoughtful design process, join our MMDH Mood Board Method masterclass today!].
My TOP 3 Furnishing Splurges And Saves
Here is a quick bonus list of items to SPLURGE on when designing a full room:
…and a quick, but major, list of items to SAVE on in your space:
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