In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on choosing between classic and trendy furniture pieces for your home. The “classic versus trendy” decision looms large in many design or aesthetic areas, and particularly for those designing a given home space or room.
At Guild Hall Home Furnishings, we’re happy to offer not only a wide range of home furniture options, but also detailed interior design services as part of our full-service design solutions. We’ve assisted numerous clients as they navigate the classic versus trendy decision matrix in several areas, including many homeowners who look to combine or mix-and-match these styles in various ways. In part one, we showcased the time versus expense method for deciding how much of each of these styles to utilize in a given space – today’s part two will go over a few of the other time/expense templates you might fit into.
High Time, Low Expense
Just as a refresher, this template refers to a situation where you’re looking for pieces that will be in the house for a long time and will always be needed, but don’t necessarily cost very much to update or upgrade. These are the items that are generally easiest to switch out if you’re looking to update your aesthetic in any room, as they don’t cost much and will bring you a fresh look with minimal effort.
Some of the most common high-time, low-expense home furnishings include various floor and table lamps, coffee tables and various seating options like barstools or chairs. They may also include comforter sets or others that play both a comfort and aesthetic role simultaneously, plus can be swapped out with no hassle.
Low Time, High Expense
Probably the least common template area here is this one, but there are definitely pieces that come with a relatively high cost and are not permanent additions to a room or home. Many of these are items that are only used in certain situations before often being resold – resale value is a major piece of the puzzle for many of them.
A great example of a low-time, high-expense item is a crib or other items of nursery furniture that new parents will purchase for their baby – but will only need for a few years. Other examples include bunk beds and lofts, apartment sofas and more.
Low Time, Low Expense
Finally, some of the best items for design afficionados are low-time, low-expense options that allow you to embrace your changing style at any time. Items like pillows, accent chairs, blankets, baskets, poufs and many others serve as ideal examples of items in this range.
For more on the classic versus trendy debate and the use of the time versus expense method to determine how much of each you go for in the home, or to learn about any of our interior design services, speak to the staff at Guild Hall Home Furnishings today.