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High-Low Design for your Texas Custom Home

So you’ve found that perfect piece of land on which to build your Texas dream home. Now the trick is making sure you can make what’s in your home as spectacular as the home and land itself.

Have you fallen in love with a magnificent piece of land on the Texas Wine Trail in the Hill Country? Or maybe you’re looking to the relaxing lifestyle of Bryan-College Station to build your perfect Texas retirement home. Perhaps the idea of being centrally located to all the best of Dallas while enjoying the most incredible lake views from your property on Joe Pool Lake is what excites you. With a little effort and ingenuity (and some Internet research), you can get a designer look for your home without the high price, no matter where you find your custom dream home in Texas, by using the principle of high-low design.

The secret to high-low design is knowing where to spend, and where to scrimp, to create spaces that max out on style without murdering your budget. And the idea is so popular it’s spawned a show on HGTV, numerous websites, and how-to articles from everyone from Southern Living to Forbes.

Foundational Pieces

When it comes to the main pieces of furniture in your home (couches, tables, rugs), you can go high or low, depending on what you want, and what you find. In Texas, where leather is king, the distressed leather sofa is often a must. And how much you spend is entirely up to you. Here, you have a high and low option. Can you tell the difference?



High Design Leather Couch $4,300 Sundance leather couch



Low Design Leather Couch $1,799 Volo Design couch

Statement Pieces

If you go high with your foundational pieces, a piece that makes a statement in the room is a good place to go low. Distinctive art or a unique chandelier can become a favorite element in a room. And because they are up and out of the way, they won’t be handled a lot, which means you don't have to worry about materials or finishes not holding up to close scrutiny. Another benefit to the cheap and chic statement piece in high-low design is that it can be changed out seasonally or when the desire to change things up hits. Imagine using a scenic of the Texas Hill Country landscape over your fireplace one day and a graphic print the next. Check out these two chandeliers and see if you can tell which one is the splurge and which one is the bargain.


High Design Chandelier $9736 Ylighting chandelier



Low Design Chandelier $24.99 IKEA chandelier


High-low design is easy to pull off when it comes to luxe-looking accessories. Here, it’s all about fabric, form, and finishes. Many of these items will be at eye level, so the trick is to make sure they are as appealing to the touch as they are to your peepers. The right knick-knacks can help establish a theme throughout the home. Imagine shells used in glass hurricanes and pillows with a raffia finish to build out an affordable beachy theme for your home at Lake Ridge on Joe Pool Lake. Or how about white picture frame with mats in your favorite Aggie maroon lining the wall of your den in your King Oaks custom home. You could spend $10 a frame, or $100. Will anyone be able to tell the difference? You will—when it shows up in your bank account.

Layering in affordable accessories is a trick model home companies have used for years. That perfectly sized sectional may be custom-built to fit the exact dimensions of the family room, but the pillows and throw that give it pop? Probably from a discount store like Homegoods or Target. The same tricks used to make model homes looks so stylish and put together and can be used to make your place a showpiece. After all, that incredible custom home on the perfect piece of Texas land deserves to be shown off right.