The High or the Low?: High End Looks on a Budget

March 13, 2013

Have you ever found the perfect piece for your living space and then found it was out of your budget? Whether you are looking for glamorous pieces of furniture to make a bold statement or simple pieces that are multi-functional, when looking in the right places you can find similar pieces that won't break the bank. Here are some low price pieces that look just as good as the high, if not better. High or low? You be the judge.

The starburst mirror is quite trendy right now but you don't have to splurge to have such beautiful decor. On the left is the low, the Devon Mirror found at comes to only $199. On the right is the high, the Shelby Gold Leaf Mirror found at which is known for their beautiful but mostly costly pieces of furniture and decor.

You always want a chandelier to be a statement piece over your dining table or in the center of any space. Both of these chandeliers are glamorous and carry the same antique look despite the large price difference. On left is the high, the Viola Ivory Beaded Chandelier by Arteriors found at for $2,520. On right is the low, the Arabella Beaded Chandelier found at for only $299.

This quadrille print pillow is a trendy yet timeless print that can work great on its own or paired with other fabulous accent pillows. The steal and the splurge look identical in this case - the high on the left is the Zig Zag Grande Navy Pillow found on for $385. The low on the right is a pillow cover made with the quadrille print fabric designed by Alan Campbell from for only $85.

Lighting is important in every space, not only with a remarkable chandelier but also with accent lighting. On left is the low, the West Elm Perch Table Lamp found at for $69. On right is the high, the Clear Glass Lamp by Arteriors found at for $480. Both deliver the same look for a large price difference.

Simple pieces can also come with a large price tag, but you can find the perfect low and won't be able to tell the difference. On left is the low, the Parsons Desk part of the Parsons Collection found at for $349. On right is the high, the Parsons Grasscloth Desk found at which are known for quality and sometimes costly pieces that only designers are able to purchase for their clients.

It can be difficult to find a large size area rug made with 100% wool for a reasonable price - but on the right is the Homespun Nawra Trellis Navy Rug handmade of 100% wool for only $732 found on The high is on the left - the Panthea Flatweave Rug from for $1,599. Here the low offers the same contemporary trellis print as the high at more than half the cost.

You can see from all these high and lows that you can get the same look at a budget friendly cost from lighting to decor to glamorous pieces of furniture. West Elm, Pottery Barn and Z Gallerie are only a few of the many reasonably priced stores that offer the same high end look with a low price tag. This will allow you to splurge on those other pieces that you may have your heart set on!