Niche Interiors

Mixing it Up: High + Low

Ready to make a few home improvements before the holiday madness begins? The good news: You don’t have to spend a fortune! Read on for our top three tips on how to mix high and low items to achieve a stylish and cohesive look.

Custom curved sofa and mid-century furniture in San Francisco home designed by California interior designers
A custom curved sofa was the focal point and major splurge in this room.

1. Create a design plan and determine focal points in the room.
Map out the design for your space before deciding what pieces in which to invest. What will be the “wow” factor in your room? Perhaps it’s the chandelier, a large-scale painting, or wallpaper. Leave room in the budget for the highest impact items; they typically end up costing the most.

2. Spend where it counts.
Often times the cost of an item is not proportional to its quality or uniqueness. We advise our clients to splurge on pieces that will last for many years and where a larger investment directly impacts the function and feel of the piece. The top 3 are: Upholstery, window treatments & rugs.

Side table designs curated by Bay Area interior designer Niche Interiors
Arteriors Percy Table: $1,512 vs. West Elm Foxed Mirror Table: $199

3. Save on smaller items.
Occasional tables, accessories, and lighting are three areas where you can shave off a significant portion of your budget. There are so many affordable online sources for these finishing touches ~ take advantage!

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