We have never been the design team that spends money to spend money. Sure it's nice to have a hefty budget but we pride ourselves on finding and carrying lines that are stylish and well-priced and mixing in inexpensive, good-looking items with high quality, pricey pieces making it all come together in one, seamless space that flows and all looks expensive.
For that reason, we got super excited when we found this article about splurging and saving because it's so true! There are just certain things that you really don't need to spend the money on and there are certain things and you really DO need to spend the money on. So here's a list to help you make that decision next time you've got your eye on that piece you love and you can't decide whether or not to take the leap or keep moving.
This first one is a hard one because it's a really big ticket item but it really is a good investment. Upholstery. And we're not talking every single upholstered piece in your home, we're talking about the main pieces in your family room that you use almost every day. These pieces should absolutely be quality made or else they won't withstand the test of time. The good news about upholstery is that it can always be re-upholstered so, in theory, you could get away with never buying another sofa again!
On the flip side, accent pieces like side tables and cocktail tables are good pieces to save on. These are smaller items that can be swapped out a little more frequently than the large furniture and it just doesn't make sense to spend a lot of money on them. New styles and looks can be found just about anywhere and what's trendy may change quickly. Save your money on these items they're really more functional/filler pieces anyway.
In the kitchen, your main focus should be a quality, classic cabinet. Just like the upholstered furniture for the family room, a real wood cabinet can be refinished and refaced multiple times to accomplish different looks without having to replace the entire kitchen. A fresh coat of paint or stain can give new life to interior pieces that were thought to be dead. Don't underestimate the power of color.
Also in the kitchen but much less money worthy is the back splash. Don't get us wrong, a backsplash IS important in the kitchen. It's the finishing touch that takes the kitchen up just one more level, but the tile is not worth blowing the budget on. There are SO many different tile companies, styles, and colors out there that you can absolutely find something lovely for your kitchen that doesn't put you in debt. Trust us. It's out there.
Finally, in the Dining Room, your money should go into your dining table. This gathering piece is the heart of the family room. Not to mention, it's the biggest item in there (usually) and gets the most "screen time". Don't be scared to pick something that will be heavy and expensive. It's the grounding piece for the whole room and needs to be just right!
However, the dining chairs on the other hand don't need to be something to brake the bank for. Even the most expensive chairs have imitations and, again, they're just an accessory or way to accentuate that table so you don't want to pick anything that detracts. There are plenty of options out there that for the amount of time they'll probably be used, don't do it. Get something comfortable but cheap and cheerful and you'll come out ahead in the end for sure!
Hope that helps you decide which items to focus on if you're doing your own design project. It's all about balance and priorities.