No one shops for furniture the exact same way. While some people are sticklers for original designs and premium quality, others prioritize price tag and immediacy. For some, spending $5000 on a sofa is entirely acceptable—for others, that sounds reckless. Our favorite approach: swaying on both sides of the scale to achieve a high/low mix that may seem exclusively high-end at first glance (but secretly includes a few lucky Target finds).
Wondering where you fall on the high- to low-end scale? We decided to test your design acumen by re-creating the same entryway look with three very different price tags—$7000, $3000, and $600—proving that you actually can score a bargain on just about anything. The question to ask yourself is: which pieces do you love the most; and which ones are worth your hard-earned dollars? Pick the entryway that suits your taste (and your budget) the best. Even better—play choose your own adventure, and add up the total price tag. How much would your entryway cost?
The first (and most high-end) design clocks in at $7258—using designer furnishings and an exquisite antique runner. This design is refined and sprinkled with iconic modern pieces for the discerning connoisseur: a Greta Grossman Grasshopper lamp and a Michael Verheyden storage stool. There's something to be said for the fact that some of these pieces might keep their value (and perhaps their appearance) longer.
Part of the West Elm Collection, this round mirror has a few details that make it extra special: a delicately foxed finish and a paper-thin, sleek wood border. Plus, it's extra large to create maximum impact.
Another reason to shell out a little extra for a piece of furniture: a Made in USA tag that ensures you're encouraging a smaller designer or manufacturer—in this case, the Pennsylvania-based brand Lostine. This console table is expertly crafted in oak and steel.
Belgian designer Michael Verheyden creates beautifully designed functional pieces in noble materials—giving them instant heirloom status. This storage stool is as practical as it is pretty, and while its price tag is a little steep, it's a piece you can keep and repurpose for decades to come.
Anyone who's a diehard fan of modernist designer Greta Grossman knows there is no substitute for this task lamp. And $495 is a small price to pay to own an iconic piece of modern design. Bonus: It will never go out of style.
The Rolls Royce of storage baskets, this West Elm piece sits on a set of hairpin legs for an added air of sophistication. Moreover, this piece is handcrafted in the Philippines as part of the brand's commitment to small artisans—in this case, Filipino weavers.
Perfect for a larger entryway, this 4-by-13-foot runner is extra long and a true Turkish Oushak runner from the 1950s. Displaying gorgeous tones of ivory, bronze, and pewter, this piece will only get better with age.
This second design is more middle-of-the-road—a step above low-cost décor, it combines achievable pieces with quality design. The bulk of the $3450 budget is spent on a (smaller) vintage Turkish rug and the Normann Copenhagen circus pouf, while the rest of the pieces are surprisingly affordable. This is high/low design at its best.
This round wall mirror has a hand-antiqued finish, an industrial iron frame, and a friendly price tag. We love the aged effect, which gives it a more high-end look.
If you grab this John Vogel console on sale, it will set you back less than $500. Created for West Elm, this trestle table boasts solid oak legs and an engineered wood top with oak veneer in a herringbone pattern. If you ask us, it's a steal.
Scandinavian brand Normann Copenhagen is well-known for creating unique, eye-catching, and premium-quality designs at a price that's not fall-off-your-chair outrageous. This woven-velour pouf clocks in at $630, just a step above your average Moroccan leather pouf (in both originality and price).
Clocking in at only $199, who could resist this charming LED task lamp? At first glance, it looks like it may have been designed by a prominent modern designer, but this clever design actually comes from CB2!
This large woven basket is perfect for the foyer—to house stray mitts, gloves, dog leashes, and anything else that should be kept out of sight. Plus, its appealing shape makes a sculptural statement next to a minimal console.
For the dweller who wants a veritable Oushak rug without the price tag, this four-by-seven-foot runner is perfect for the entryway. It has all the luxe and sophistication of its more high-end counterparts, but with a more budget-friendly price point. And it has the durability factor to boot.
Think it's impossible to get the same high-end look with a $600 budget? Think again. Using only budget-friendly pieces, we reproduced this sleek entryway design using only low-cost alternatives. What this design lacks in premium quality and high-end brand names, it makes up for tenfolds in wallet-friendly price tags and high-end style. Mix some of these pieces with more high-end accents—and no one will ever tell which ones came from IKEA or Target.
Trusty IKEA strikes again, with a round mirror for less than $100. While a little smaller than the previous two, it still can still create the trendy statement you're looking for without breaking the bank.
A DwellStudio console table on sale for under $200 is quite the score if you ask us. This manufactured wood piece is a modern spin on turn-of-the-century refectory tables and gives any entryway a sophisticated air without the price tag.
Who could resist a velvet-looking hexagon ottoman for less than $100? This cute perch is the perfect trendy statement, and while it may not last the distance, it's the perfect way to dip your toes into the velvet trend.
As far as affordable décor goes, it doesn't get much better than the Dwell Magazine collection for Target, and this sleek task lamp is the perfect example. How else would you create a sculptural statement for less than $50?
If all you're looking for is a basket to add a little texture to your entryway vignette, then this woven piece from Target is there for you. More decorative than actual storage, it's still sturdy enough if you want to fill it with something pretty.
Not ready to shell out for a real antiqued runner just yet? Try a rug with a distressed look instead. It may not fool anyone, but with a $170 price tag, you'll be laughing all the way to the bank.
Do you have any tips and tricks for how to style your home for less? Let us know in the comments below!