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Image: Michael Nangreaves / Produced: Christine Hanlon & Morgan Lindsay

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Can you tell which moody sitting room serves high or low end decor?

We designed a moody true-to-trends sitting room on both a high tea and a cup of joe budget — see if you can tell the difference.

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High: $25,124

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1 Tree, Elte, $695; 2 Chandelier, Elte, $2,545; 3 Wallpaper, Thibaut at Kravet Canada, $560; 4 Etagere, Art Shoppe, $1,998; 5 Sofa, Urban Barn, $2,999; 6 Lumbar cushions, CB2, $258; 7 Coffee table, Art Shoppe, $3,899; 8 Rug, Elte, $8,505; 9 Armchair, Elte, $2,745; 10 Side table, Barrymore Furniture, $920.

 

Low: $14,231

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1 Tree, Crown Flora Studio, $295; 2 Chandelier, Elte, $2,085; 3 Wallpaper, Thibaut at Kravet Canada, $358; 4 Etagere, HomeSense, $1,299; 5 Sofa, IKEA, $2,199; 6 Lumbar cushion covers, Inserts, H&M Home, $13 each, $7 each; 7 Coffee table, Elte, $1,895; 8 Rug, Elte, $5,165; 9 Armchair, HomeSense, $500; 10 Side table, Universal Lamp, $395.

 

Whether you have an unlimited budget or are leaning towards the budget-conscious end of the spectrum, there are a few design tips to note, which will help you create a delightfully on-trend room like either of these. 
 
Choose look-at-me armchairs: Certainly the stars of the rooms, the gold-based velvet armchairs are working all the angles. Both boast arresting shapes and undeniable presence, but the High has superior staying power. Upholstery fabric is categorized by its double rub count – a measure of how well it stands up to wear over time – and our High comes in on top with a commercial-grade fabric that’s rated at one hundred thousand double rubs.

Go for leather on leather: From decor to fashion, leather on leather is everywhere we look. The lavish layered trend lends itself well to a dramatic aesthetic, and our posh High vignette proved the ideal place to give it a try.
 
Instead of hanging artwork, consider an étagère: An étagère grants the opportunity to create an eye-catching display. So arm yourself with books, boxes, vases, bowls and all manner of objects and play around. “For a really striking result, seek pieces with one-of-a-kind shapes,” recommends Style at Home associate design editor Morgan Lindsay, who shares some unique accessories currently on her want list here.

Lend the room a dose of animal print: Traditional elements are key for tempering those new and now pieces. That’s why we wrapped some of the books on display in this totally timeless animal-print wallpaper.

Choose unique colour combos: Blue is not new, but it feels fresh when paired with au courant colours like pale pink and caramel. To ensure the space remains stylish as years pass, we used navy as our base and layered in the other two hues with accents, but this trio – in any combination – is a clear winner.

For a luxe touch, incorporate wallpaper into the space: Want to push this dramatic sitting room one step further? Replace the navy wallcovering with a saturated cranberry wallpaper like this laminated raw silk one. “The colour is so hot these days,” says contributing design editor Christine Hanlon, “and it would add an interesting dimension to the space.”

Our favourite piece in the room is also the most timeless piece — a brown leather sofa. And so, we've rounded up the best options on the market, at every price point. Flip through the slideshow below to check out our hand-selected picks.

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Leather sofa

Polyfoam-filled full-grain Seglora leather Stockholm in natural, IKEA, $2,199.

Image by: IKEA

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Hamilton leather sofa in mocha, West Elm, $2,799.

Image by: West Elm

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Polyfoam- and down-filled waxed top-grain leather Diego in ox tan, Urban Barn, $2,999.

Image by: Urban Barn

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Polyfoam and down-filled full-grain leather Trevor in camel, Crate and Barrel, $5,999.

Image by: Crate and Barrel

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Foam- and polyfiber-filled top-grain Italian Brompton leather Belgian Track Arm in chestnut, Restoration Hardware, $5,995 US.

Image by: Restoration Hardware



 

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