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DIY GIRLS Mixing High-Low Décor Trends: Style on a Budget!

Blending luxury pieces with budget-friendly finds can transform your living spaces into a haven of style and affordability, writes Vinette Nicholls from interior design studio DIYgirls.

Just as you don’t need a wardrobe full of designer labels to look fashionable, you don’t have to break the bank to furnish your entire home with high-end décor. The secret to achieving a sophisticated interior on a budget lies in the art of mixing high and low décor. You can apply this savvy approach throughout your entire home, from the master bedroom to the kids’ rooms:

Master Bedroom: Where Luxury Meets Comfort

Your master bedroom should exude luxury and comfort, but you don’t have to empty your wallet to achieve it. Start by investing in a high-quality bed frame and mattress. This is the cornerstone of a restful night’s sleep, and it’s worth splurging on. Choose classic, timeless designs that will withstand changing trends. Now, let’s bring in some budget-friendly elements: Instead of expensive custom-made curtains, consider affordable ready-made options in a neutral colour palette. Quality, ready-made scatter cushions are also a surefire way to make your room look sophisticated without spending a fortune!

Bathroom: Elegant and Functional

In the bathroom, you can seamlessly blend high-end and budget décor to create an oasis of elegance and functionality. Start with a high-quality vanity and sink, as these are the focal points of the room. Invest in quality fixtures and faucets, which not only enhance the aesthetics but also offer durability.

To save money, look for budget-friendly alternatives for the bathroom mirror and lighting fixtures. You can often find stylish options that mimic the look of high-end brands at a fraction of the cost.

And don’t forget about the accessories. High-end bath towels and a plush bathmat can make you feel like a queen! To balance the budget, choose more affordable options for shower curtains and storage solutions.

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Kitchen: A Culinary Haven

 The kitchen is the heart of your home, and mixing high and low décor here can result in a stunning and economic space. Invest in high-quality kitchen cabinets and countertops, as these elements endure a lot of wear and tear. Opt for timeless designs and finishes that won’t go out of style.

For appliances, you can splurge on a top-tier range or refrigerator, while opting for mid-range options for other appliances like dishwashers and microwaves. These are areas where you can maintain both functionality and aesthetics while saving money.

To bring in some budget-friendly elements, consider open shelving with affordable dishes and glassware that look chic when properly arranged. Décorate your kitchen with potted herbs and inexpensive artwork to add a personal touch.

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Living Area: Blend Comfort and Style

Your living area should reflect your style and personality. Start by investing in a high-quality couch, which will be the focal point of the room. Choose a neutral colour that can withstand changing trends and add high-end scatter pillows for a touch of luxury.

Also incorporate high-end lighting fixtures to create a sense of luxury.

And adding ample throws and scatter pillows will add a wonderful, yet affordable, touch of warmth and texture.

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Patio: Outdoor Luxury on a Budget

Your patio or outdoor space deserves the same attention to detail as your indoor spaces. Start with quality outdoor furniture that can withstand the elements. Splurge on a comfortable outdoor couch or dining set, and choose weather-resistant materials.

To balance the budget, look for budget-friendly options for accessories like outdoor rugs, throw pillows, and décorative lighting.

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Kids’ Bedrooms: Creativity Meets Practicality

When décorating kids’ bedrooms, you want a space that sparks creativity and nurtures their growth. Invest in a high-quality, durable bed frame and mattress that can withstand the rigors of childhood. Add affordable soft furnishings like fun cushions, throws, and décor to stay within your budget.

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Clever Storage: Double up on functionality and design

 Make use of benches and ottomans that look beautiful and fit in with your aesthetic, but double up as storage solutions for all those items you want to keep tidy and out of sight.

Add wallpaper: The Affordable Wow-Factor

The easiest and most economical way to completely transform an entire room? Wallpaper! Opt for a neutral colour and subtle pattern if you want to create a calm and serene space or something bold and daring if you want to make a statement.

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By carefully selecting where to splurge and where to save, you can achieve a harmonious blend of luxury and affordability in every room of your house. Mix and match, have fun, and transform your living spaces into a true reflection of you style!

  • Visit interior design studio DIYgirls at diygirls.co.za and browse their collection of furniture and décor.

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