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Publication Date: 2016-10-19

Design Insights

6 Designers Share the Best Investment Pieces for a Home

Every designer knows that a successful design scheme involves the layering and mixing of furnishings and accessories, usually from a variety of sources and at a range of price points. Since every item in a home’s design probably won’t be an investment piece, we asked top designers to share with us the primary areas where clients should focus. From antiques to statement lighting, see what pieces the experts thought were most important to invest in.

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1. Antiques

“We encourage clients to invest in antiques whenever possible. This can be something as simple as a piece of art or side table or a larger item such as a desk or console. Antiques are easily accessible today and help add a sense of history and warmth to any space. Antiques are the items that help to create an interior unlike any other.”  

James Wheeler, of J. Wheeler Designs

2. Carpets

“A well chosen carpet can both ground and lift the whole environment. A high quality carpet will get better with time, embrace the life lived on it, and last for many generations. By owning a beautiful, quality carpet, you are investing in and supporting art and craftsmanship in a way that can be enjoyed every day.” 

Kristin Fine, of Fine Concepts

3. A Statement Piece

"Every interior should have a few special pieces that are collector’s items. These pieces need to be placed somewhere bold and brave, and I think entrance halls are the right space to set the tone. In the project above, we used a number of statement pieces, but my favourite is the iconic console table by Herve Van Der Straeten, which we paired with the fabulous mirror by Tom Palmer through London Connoisseur.”

Karen Howes, of Taylor Howes Designs Limited

4. Lighting

“When recommending pieces to invest in, I have noticed that what clients value as an investment piece varies a lot. If I had to personally pick myself, I always recommend splurging a little extra on a fabulous light fixture. It can really change the dynamic and mood of a room and is key to any interior's design. The style you pick can really bring your personality to light!”
 
Jeanette Hubley, Hubley Design Interiors

5. One-of-a-Kind Accessories

“While quality upholstery and finely crafted casegoods set the stage in a home, I believe one-of-a-kind accessories create the soul. Whether it be a piece of original art, an antique rug, or an ethnic artifact, there is a depth and richness in collections of beautiful things.”

Wendi Young, of Wendi Young Design

6. A Personal Piece

"When it comes to investing in anything for a home, my advice is ‘buy whatever makes you feel happy and pleased.’ It doesn't matter if it is an antique, a signed sculpture, or the latest item of an exclusive limited edition from a top brand. It has to reflect your own spirit and bring you that special sense of joy. For instance, I remember I felt love at first sight with this unique interpretation of an imperial drum table designed by Andrés Alsina in 2004. When it was included 12 years later in an exhibition at Versailles honoring Alsina’s career, I couldn’t have been any happier. And ultimately, that is the best return anyone can get."

Alejandro Uriburu, of Uriburu Interiors

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