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Mixing High vs. Low Decor

Updated: Mar 25, 2019

My guide for when to splurge and when to save on your home decor and furnishings.

I wouldn’t hesitate to say that my decorating style is a mix of high and low items. This is why it is possible to have a beautiful home, no matter the budget. I love finding those beautiful pieces for your home at every price point, and actually relish the challenge!

There are things for your home that are worth investing in, and others you can get away with saving on.


When it comes to the main furnishings in your home, these are the pieces I recommend investing in:

1. A good quality mattress

Nothing beats a good night’s sleep; so don’t skimp on your mattress. There is an overwhelming selection of choices and prices to fit everyone’s needs. But it’s essential to try the bed in store if you have the opportunity. Some brands even offer 30-night free trials, so you can actually test it out in the comfort of your own home.

2. A well made couch

For the living room you spend the most time in, having a good quality couch will make your relaxation and ‘TV time’ more enjoyable. When shopping for a couch, select one with a simple, classic shape in a neutral colour to ensure it will stay in style. Well made couches should be durable and provide longevity, and there are SO many fabrics options to make sure that couch fits with your overall décor.

3. Flooring

Whether installing tiles or hardwood flooring, this can add value to your home. Some things you should consider when selecting flooring are: durability, maintenance, cost effectiveness, functionality and appeal. You may also want to consider non-toxic flooring and what the environmental implications are for the materials you're looking at. There are also so many great products available and at a variety of price points, you’re sure to find something great for your home.

4. Custom window treatments

Not only are they visually stunning, perfectly tailored, custom window treatments made with good quality fabrics and materials provide many benefits. High quality curtains in the right size can raise the ceiling height and the design in the space. Thicker curtains can also block light, sound and cold air while creating a luxurious, intimate setting. Not only do they provide better privacy, but can also help with energy savings. When working with a drapery workroom, you’ll need to consider the size, fabric, drapery headings, trim and lining, and hardware. Custom window treatments are certainly an investment, but they will last for many years and seasons.

5. Area rugs

Rugs can also be an investment piece, but if installed in high traffic areas this will save your flooring. For room-filling rugs with heavy foot traffic, it can be worth spending more on materials that will stand the test of time. But if you’re just looking for a small accent or front door rug, you can save your money here.

Also, when shopping for a new rug, keep in mind that a good quality rug will last for a long time with proper cleaning and maintenance.

And for the rest of your home, here are some items you may want to save $$ on:

1. Pillows

This includes decorative pillows for your living room and throw pillows for your bed. I would definitely consider myself a ‘pillow pusher’ and I change them with the seasons, so having affordable options is key for me.

2. End tables and side tables

For bedroom and living room side tables, there are so many options available at a variety of price points. I’ve had some great luck finding nice side tables at big box stores such as Homesense, Structube and West Elm.

3. Accent chairs

Since these chairs don’t get used as often as the couch in your living room, you can save on these furnishings. And if you’re looking for to play with colours or styles over the years, changing your accent chairs is a great way to do so.

4. Home accents & accessories

Accents such as candles, mirrors, art and vases can really add style to a space, but you don’t need to spend a ton of money on these items. You can find unique pieces at stores such as Homesense, at antique markets, and even on your travels!

5. Lighting fixtures

Interior lighting can change with the trends and can immediately change the mood in a room. If you’re looking for a unique statement lighting fixture, avoid big box stores if possible. You can still find affordable lighting options at professional lighting stores, especially when they have sales. You can also save on table and floor lamps, which can be more decorative and trendy.

Want to mix high and low pieces in your home? Contact me today!

xo, Christine

*All photos shown are my own.

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