Splurge or Save: Which Décor Item Is the Knockoff?
Confession time: Even though interior designers constantly advise us to look for timeless pieces when decorating our homes, we can’t help but try out the latest décor trends. Call in Pinterest FOMO—sometimes we simply must get our hands on a chic clothing rack or a neon-toned washed-out rug. But just as we one day realize that culottes does not work with our our body type, we toss our beloved home trends aside in search for the next hot thing—so it makes sense to not spend a ton on these “fast-fashion” pieces of the décor world.
Today, we’re testing your décor knowledge to ensure that you’re also getting the best deal when shopping around for décor pieces du jour. Think you can tell the difference between splurge pieces and more affordable pieces? It's time to put your knowledge to the test.
The Trend: Double Candleholders
Glimmering double candelabras are everywhere in minimalist Scandinavian homes, and we can see why—their metallic surfaces reflect flickering candlelight beautifully, and a double-duty statement piece is always extra welcome in our homes. Can you spot the steal here?
The Trend: Velvet Sofas
Jewel-toned velvet sofas seen to come and go every couple of years. The last time around, Jenna Lyons popularized the traditional English roll-arm look, but this year's velvet sofas adopt a more Mad Men–esque shape, with extra tufting to boot. These sofas are almost identical—can you guess which one is a steal?
The Trend: Exposed Wires
No more hiding electrical wires away; it's time to display them loud and proud. Exposed wires in lighting are all the rage these days—especially in minimalist chandeliers, often seen in brass or powder-coated steel finishes. What's your deal radar telling you?
The Trend: Discolored Rugs
Last week, One Kings Lane confirmed our suspicion that rugs in muted washed-out hues are rapidly rising on the trend scale, by devoting an entire sale section to them. The questions is: will you opt for a real antique, or faux-distressed?
The Trend: Midcentury Chairs
No news here: Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that midcentury design is all the rage right now—particularly so when it comes to chairs. Scandinavian modern designers in particular are to thank for creating some of the most iconic chair designs of our time. Can you guess which one costs over 20 times more?
The Trend: Clothing Racks
Thanks to fashion bloggers everywhere, clothing racks are officially a thing. Think of it as a place to showcase your latest sartorial conquests, but remember to save on the actual rack so you can focus on the fashion. Which one do you think is a deal?
The Trend: Tassel Pillows
These fun and colorful pillows tug at our travelers' hearts with their whimsical tassels and vibrant hues. Besides, they couldn't be more perfect for festival season. Which pillow screams splurge to you?
The Trend: Pyramid Tables
If you're a fan of minimalist design, chances are you've come across these slim and slender side-table designs. Usually made of brass and marble, they are elegant without being overstated. Can you guess which table is on the more expensive side?
The Trend: Scandinavian Flatweaves
Interior designer Madeline Stuart called the Scandinavian flatweave the next big trend in rugs. Sure, they're not exactly cheap (quite the opposite), and there are no replicas available yet, but we were still able to source a few budget options. Can you guess which one is a steal? Do you know which one is the real antique?
The Trend: Orb Chandeliers
We see them nonchalantly hanging above the oversized soak tubs of our favorite celebs, or paired above a kitchen island—but these statement chandeliers look just as good stealing the show above a dining room table. One is significantly more affordable than the other—can you guess which one?
Maybe it's because we're only emerging from a long winter and looking for sunshine, or maybe it's because we just really love our tropical getaways, but tropical photography is gaining momentum on the design scene. Which one do you think is worth more?
The Trend: Marble Tables
If learning that all men are apparently fans of marble wasn't enough to convince you, marble is not going anywhere in 2016. Maybe then it is a case of splurging instead of staging? The real questions: Which one do you like best?
Time to reward yourself. Shop the quiz:
The Double Candleholders
The Velvet Sofas
The Exposed Wires
The Discolored Rugs
The Midcentury Chairs
- Finn Juhl 45 Chair ($11080)
- France & Søn FD164 Easy Chair ($449, was $599)
The Clothing Racks
The Tassel Pillows
The Pyramid Tables
- Interlude Arnold Marble Drinks Table ($305, was $405)
- Modern Living Supplies Erickson Aesthetics Pyramid Base Cocktail Table ($3450)
The Scandinavian Flatweaves
The Orb Chandeliers
- Schoolhouse Electric Orbit 8 Chandelier ($899)
- Ralph Lauren Home McCarren Single Tier Chandelier ($2640)
The Warm Weather Photography
The Marble Table
Have any suggestions for what trends we should cover next? Tell us in the comments below.