Invest in a space you love coming home to by putting your money where it counts and paying a little more for these splurge-worthy furniture and décor pieces.

By Amanda Lauren
February 20, 2019
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Buying furniture and home décor can become very expensive, but staying on budget is possible if you know what pieces are worth spending more on and where corners can be cut. A good example of this is picture frames. More likely than not, you’ll keep an inexpensive picture frame for about the same length of time you’ll keep a pricy one for. It’s just holding a picture. So the materials and craftsmanship really aren’t as important as how it complements the rest of the room.

Pillows are another accessory where you could spend a lot of money, but don’t really need to. They also provide maximum decorative bang for the buck. Is your neutral sofa looking tired? Add a few throw pillows for some pops of color! Want to decorate your living room for Christmas, spring, or the Fourth of July with very little effort or cost? Just switch out your pillows.

Frannie Velvet Sofa in Blush by Lulu and Georgia

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It’s also smart to avoid overspending on side tables. Why break the bank for something just holding a book or lamp? It’s not a coffee or dining table. A cheap side table is also a great way to integrate a new trend into your living room, bedroom, or even home office—think clear acrylic tables.

However, there are plenty of times when saving dollars just doesn’t make sense. Consider your lifestyle. Do you have kids or pets? While you might be tempted to spend less, low-quality pieces may not necessarily withstand the wear and tear of little hands and paws. This means you might have to replace things more than once—costing you more in the long run.

Ultimately, in certain cases, it is really in your best interest to invest in the highest quality pieces your budget permits, as long as they are easy to maintain. Here are six items for your home worth paying more for—you’ll thank yourself later.

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You will use your sofa more than any piece of furniture in your home. More importantly, it’s something you really need to invest in because it’s the center of your living room. Replacing your sofa may mean changing your coffee table, chairs, and other decor—so spend wisely.

A couch ideally provides a balance of comfort and quality. To maximize both, look for fabrics like velvet, which is equally durable and soft.

Our suggestion: Frannie Velvet Sofa in Blush, $1,360; luluandgeorgia.com.

2

If you feel a room is missing something, you probably need an area rug. But keep in mind that this textile gets more wear, tear, and stains than other accessories. Avoid cheap rugs made of synthetic material because they have the tendency to pill, meaning you need to constantly vacuum up those little pieces. Another bonus for choosing a high-quality rug? They feel so much better under your feet.

Consider a fabric like sheepskin, which will feel warm in the colder months, but still look chic in the summer.

Our suggestion: Langley Street Allison Handwoven Sheepskin White Area Rug, $520; wayfair.com.

3

Yes, you can buy an inexpensive lighting fixture that looks nice, but you risk it being poorly wired, which means replacing the light bulbs more often than you would like, so it ends up costing more money in the long run. And who wants to drag that ladder in and out of the garage?

But more importantly, a great statement lighting fixture can instantly give a room a wow factor where a basic, boring flush mount fails.

Our suggestion: Fela Tasseled Chandelier, $228; anthropologie.com.

4

Mass-produced art never makes a room look more sophisticated or unique. Furthermore, buying an original piece or numbered print not only means supporting an individual artist, but also enjoying a possession with a value that may increase in the future.

If you’re a first-time buyer, explore online boutiques like ArtSugar, which has a curated but non-intimidating selection of limited edition pieces in a variety of sizes and styles.

Our suggestion: Sky Detail 2 by Will Austin, from $95; artsugar.co.

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A good night’s sleep will improve nearly every aspect of your life, so investing in a set of the most comfortable sheets is worth every penny. Remember, the higher the thread count, the softer the sheets.

Choosing the fabric can be just as important, though. A good standard is to avoid anything with polyester and look for 100 percent cotton.

Our suggestion: 700-Thread-Count Sheet Set, $229 for a queen set; potterybarn.com.

6

You probably shower or bathe at least once a day, so why not make it as luxurious an experience as possible? Cheap towels don’t look nice in your bathroom and can even irritate your skin. Instead, look for towels made from long-staple cotton because it is absorbent and durable.

Our suggestion: Weezie Bath Towel, $58 for a bath sheet; weezietowels.com.