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12 Home Splurges That You’ll Never Regret, According to Interior Designers:

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Budgeting for home renovations or designing your new digs from scratch is like planning for a wedding: You set your budget, but then you just have to have that Champagne wall. Or in the case of apartment or home upgrades, it might be a custom fabricated sink for a powder room or perfect accent chair for your living room, says Katie Winnington, principal designer of C&E Furniture + Design on Fenwick Island, Delaware. “I always like to explain to my clients early on that there will be something at some point that will be worth splurging on,” she explains. “It’s going to be the thing that you are so excited about,” she continues, noting that whenever that occurs, she knows it’s worth it for the client, and they’ll be able to pare back elsewhere

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Along with material upgrades and bespoke furnishings, design pros deem larger appliances and smart electronics as another category worth shelling out extra cash in home renovations. “Appliances that simplify life and exude refinement are definitely at the top of the list of frequent splurge-worthy investments,” says Deborah Costa, principal of Design Alchemy in Sausalito, California. Since people’s lives are hectic, says Costa, creating personalized and luxurious spaces that prioritize comfort, convenience, and the pursuit of excellence is always a win. Below, read about 12 such additions that are probably going to be worth every penny.

A luxurious bathtub

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If you know you’ll be indulging in extra TLC as a result of the investment, you’re getting more bang for your buck. Mimi Meacham, founder of Marian Louise Design in Houston, calls her nightly bath routine a sacred time that she cherishes each day after her kids are tucked in bed, the kitchen is cleaned, and she has a moment to slow down. “When selecting a bathtub for our newly built home, I knew I wanted it to reflect beauty and femininity, and stand up to daily use,” she says. Indulging in this big-ticket purchase meant Meacham was happily able to cut corners elsewhere: “Due to the beauty and prominence of the tub in our primary bathroom, I was able to hold off on adding a pricey light fixture and was able to go with a more simple and less expensive countertop material.”

Brass fixtures

Another place in the bathroom to spend more liberally? The fixtures. Elizabeth Vergara, founder of Vergara Homes in New York City, asserts that gold brass assets like outlet and light covers, faucets, shower heads, and towel bars are a pricey but a worthwhile addition to your bath. “Not only do they add a touch of elegance, but they also offer durability, resistance to corrosion, and easy maintenance,” she says. “Coordinating all fixtures in the same finish creates a cohesive and visually appealing design, enhancing the bathroom’s value and making it more inviting to potential buyers.”

A full backsplash

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A backsplash by LeeAnn Baker Interiors.

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LeeAnn Baker of LeeAnn Baker Interiors in Seattle has often seen clients regret buying expensive side or drink tables (too tippy on carpets!) and statement lighting features with impractical color temperature, but she’s never seen them regret full-height backsplashes. In fact, Baker considers this feature a must-have for kitchen and bar areas. “Contractors typically have a four-inch backsplash in the same material as the countertop in the original budget,” says Baker. “But we love splurging to fill the whole wall, which makes a much more dramatic statement in any room.”

A steam oven

Costa believes a steam oven is worth the sticker shock as it provides a modern and efficient cooking solution that prioritizes flavor, nutrition, and culinary creativity. “The gentle and even heat of the steam oven allows for precise temperature control,” she says, adding that this makes it well suited for everything from baking and roasting to steaming and sous vide. “Not to mention, it’s amazing at boiling an egg or refreshing leftovers.”

Statement woodwork

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Statement woodworking by Studio Todd Raymond in an NYC home.

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Todd Raymond, principal of Studio Todd Raymond in New York City, sees major upside in upping your spend on custom millwork. We approach millwork as a way to give a cohesive through line to an entire home, says Raymond. For a Chelsea apartment, the client splurged for custom millwork in the dining room, kitchen, family room, and primary bedroom. “We unified the spaces by having the same finish throughout and tied together elements of Japanese design per their request,” he comments.

Elevated fireplace materials

If you’re going to have a fireplace, make a statement. “The hand-selected, marble slabs cladding [a] fireplace give the space a natural beauty and warmth that can’t be matched with other materials,” says Karen Frome, founder of Rise Projects in New York City. “The natural stone will wear well in perpetuity and is of course fire-resistant, so safe to place near the flames,” she elaborates, further stating that the stone compliments the wood and upholstered accents to exude “ease and elegance.”

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