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Sure, interior designers love the finer things in life, including custom-made furniture, designer wallpaper, and luscious linens. However, when it comes to designing a home, not all of their go-to pieces cost a fortune. In fact, many of their favorite finds happen to be under $1000.
“Updating the look of a room doesn’t have to mean an expensive remodel,” explains Build.com’s in-house interior designer, Lauren O'Donnell. “I love to change things up with decor pieces—new lamps, mirrors, wall art, and soft goods like area rugs, pillows, and throws can make a huge difference, without breaking the bank."
We asked some of the top interior designers to let us in on their favorite budget finds, so get ready to shop.
“Looking for a small scale versatile lamp? Search no further than this faceted porcelain one from West Elm. If you want something more fun, swap out the lampshade for a tall, thin shade and it will instantly take on a mid-century vibe. Or, a cool blue and white shade will help you nail the coastal look.” —Los Angeles-based interior designer Mark Cutler
“Finding home accessories for men that are both cool and high quality is challenging, and that is why I buy tons of these leather organizing trays. They are perfect for a place to drop keys, or a cell phone, or your watch. They are great for anywhere guys need to be organized—the desk, the closet, or even on the entry console. They are refined enough to work with the most modern décor but still detailed enough for more traditional environments too.” —Mark Cutler
“Does your home need a bit of a refresh, but you are on a super tight budget? Then these go-to cabinet knobs may do just the trick. Swapping out the knobs on an old cabinet or even a simple Ikea one can instantly transform even the most dowdy piece and that is why the statement hardware from Anthropologie is one of my favorite under $100 purchases, time and again." —Mark Cutler
"This cloche light is an on trend and dynamic touch to add to any room. We love it on end tables, consoles or even on a kitchen counter to add character and ambience.” —Noel Gatts, interior designer and owner of beam&bloom.
“This oversized art piece is a total steal. The colors are vibrant and versatile, the composition is both classic and contemporary and the price is unbeatable. I actually hung this in my own living room...so I feel like I’m spilling secrets.” —Noel Gatts
“The leather and copper detail on the mirror is so fun! We love using this piece in a powder room or entryway. It's a great way to mix high and low. If you pair this with a hand-crafted console table or marble sink, the price of the mirror is sure to fool anyone!” —New York City-based interior designer Becky Shea
“This is a great piece to add to a bathroom as an accent stool for your tissues or diffuser, bedroom or living room as an accent table for a small table lamp or vase. The warm trembesi wood is so inviting and the size is great, it's large enough for functionality but small enough to be mobile and used in different parts of the home.” —Becky Shea
“This chair looks much more expensive with the beautiful wood finish. The classic shape will always be on trend.” —Alessandra Wood