This Is How You Make Your Home Look Expensive for Less

Gabrielle Savoie

“Ask 20 different designers what your interior design budget should be, and you’ll get 20 answers,” designer Max Humphrey recently told us. Just as with fast fashion versus designer clothing, furniture and homeware prices of similar styles can wildly vary. Many factors influence the price point of a piece of décor: materials, craftsmanship, economy of scale… And while we would all like to be able to afford the latest Chloé bag, sometimes the Zara look-alike will have to do.

Because our goal is always to help you make informed decisions as far as your home goes, we looked to our favorite design classics and sourced trendy alternatives that are easier on the wallet. Will you want Danish midcentury originals, or will you be drawn to the budget picks? This is what you’re about to find out. Think you can tell the difference between splurge pieces and more affordable ones? It’s time to put your knowledge to the test.

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