The Home Design Elements You Should Spend A Lot Of Money On

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The budget is the most important thing when renovating. The home you make is the largest investment you will ever make. However, it’s important to set a budget and stick to it. You don’t need to spend a lot to have great style.

It is all about smart spending. Knowing which upgrades will have the greatest impact and long-term value. Spending more on the essential pieces that are most used in your home is a smart move. A great sofa in your living room is a must; a headboard or upholstered bed in your bedroom is advisable.

These are investments that will make a difference in your comfort. Here are some other ways to balance saving and spending.

Do you have any suggestions for kitchen flooring?

Open-concept living is becoming more popular. This means that the same flooring should be used throughout the house, including the kitchen. Solid hardwood is a beautiful choice and can add warmth and beauty to your home. It will also increase your home’s resale values.

It will last a lifetime if you protect it with a clear coating and wipe up any spills. Are you on a tight budget? Vinyl planks can give you the look of hardwood for a fraction the price. Although they may not offer the same return on investment as vinyl planks, they are still beautiful and affordable. They’re also easy to install, durable, waterproof, and much cheaper.

Shown: Vinyl planks are available in many colors, including rustic pine and whitewashed wood. Thatcher planks for Salem, $3.79/square foot; Mohawk

How can you make a wall impact without breaking the bank?

The idea of creating your own canvas art is something I love. A large canvas can be purchased at a local craft store for a very low price. You can then paint abstract strokes in your favorite colors. Even leftover paint can be recycled.

Nicole Cohen, my friend and professional artist, created the beautiful piece of canvas art above my sofa. It’s also a great example of how to create your own. Another favorite painting trick is to paint an arch instead of an accent wall. This is a great way to add architectural interest while adding a splash of color that feels fresh.

Left: Create an abstract piece of art using brushstrokes on canvas. You can even use your leftover latex.

You can see the right thing: A painted arch in a bright color is a great way to create a focal point around a doorway or window.

What are some high-quality, well-designed furniture items you can rely on?

The high/low combination is what I love. It combines vintage pieces with high-end pieces, while also allowing for budget-friendly items from mass-retailers. These are some of my favorite, most trusted pieces that I keep coming back to again and again.