Q + A: What is worth the Splurge and Where can I Save?

Family Ties Custom Build Kitchen / Rebekah Westover Photography

If only we all had the budget for every upgrade, beautiful statement piece, and design idea we pin. There are so many pretty ways to upgrade your home, but unfortunately many are expensive. The good news? Not every decision you make in your home remodel needs to be high end, a space can be beautified even on a tight budget. Today we are sharing where we like to splurge and ways to save.

Splurge on your Most Used Spaces

Family Ties Custom Build / Rebekah Westover Photography

Most of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen and main living area. If this is where you are spending your time, this is where you should spend your budget. Plus, a fresh kitchen is great for resale. Consider quality custom cabinetry that will hold up to use and is built out to maximize the utility of your kitchen. Upgrade boring builder tile floors. In our projects we run hardwood throughout all the main living spaces, including the kitchen. Hardwood is durable and beautiful and creates a warm, cohesive look in your space. If it’s in your budget, splurge on beautiful tile for your backsplash. Although an inexpensive subway tile is fresh, classic, and a great choice, a tile upgrade can elevate your space and make it feel designer.

Splurge on Quality Sofas in your Living Spaces

Family Ties Custom Build / Rebekah Westover Photography

Sofas take a lot of abuse, especially if you have kids. Although inexpensive ones might look just as good in the store, cheap fabric and construction won’t hold up. Splurge for a high quality sofa from a reputable store using washable, stain-resistant upholstery. Our favorite trick is to use indoor/outdoor Perennials fabric that can easily be wiped down.

Splurge on Statement Lighting

Summit Creek Project / Rebekah Westover Photography

In any space design, lighting can make a major statement. We love the way it can define an entire space, or be the perfect accent that ties different elements together. In our Summit Creek Project bathroom, our Ivy Pendant makes a statement and creates a high-end feel that would be missing if we had stuck with a simple cans or basic flush mount.

Splurge on Tailored Window Treatments

Las Palmas Project

If you like the traditional look of drapes, or need them on your windows for privacy or shade, splurging for high-quality, custom drapes is worth it. If this truly is not in your budget, get your prefabricated panels tailored to ensure they are the right length.

Save with Inexpensive Bathroom Tile

Summit Creek Project / Rebekah Westover Photography

Sure, hand-fired tile or marble mosaic is incredible, but not necessary to creating a beautiful bathroom design. Crisp subway tile is classic and super affordable. We paired it with this black hex floor tile in our Summit Creek Project Master Bathroom. The relatively inexpensive price tag has not stopped this from being one of our most popular spaces on instagram and Pinterest.

Save by Giving Old Floors a Second Life

In this bedroom, we created a fresh clean space on a budget. Instead of installing high-end hardwood floors, we used affordable bamboo and then coated it with white epoxy. Don’t live with beat up wood or cheap vinyl that you hate, while you save up for your dream hardwood, paint over what’s there in a color you love for an instant room refresh.

Save on Styling Details

Beautiful pillows, throws, and styling details can cost a lot, especially if you are redoing an entire room at once. This is a great place to save money. Keep things sparse, or hunt for inexpensive textiles and then upgrade slowly as you can. This process of collecting lets you easily evolve the look with the changing seasons and helps you eventually get a layered, authentic look full of items you love.

Hope this helps you plan for your projects! Have a question for us? Comment below!



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