Ideal v Great Deal – spend or save on this global traveller scheme

Channel an elegant eclectic vibe with rustic wood, vintage pieces and boho-style finds

You don't have to be well travelled to create a Bohemian scheme that gives the impression you are. Our latest selection of buys for every budget will help you achieve an on-trend globe-trotting look without you having to accumulate too many Air Miles or shipping costs.

Get it white! Ideal v Great Deal – splurge or save on a pale and interesting living room

The key to this lived-in look is simple – lots of natural materials like leather and wool, worn timbers and soothing greenery. With characterful furniture and accessories demanding attention, the trick is to not let the backdrop work too hard. Stick to a palette of neutral that allow your key pieces to shine.

The faux plant

potted plants with pvc pot

(Image credit: The Contemporary Home, B&Q)

Some well-placed plants can instantly conjure up that exotic, nomad vibe. But if you're not so hot at keeping foliage alive, these fakes do the job just as well.

Ideal: Artificial fern plant, £26, The Contemporary Home (opens in new tab)
Great Deal: Copper-effect dolomite and PVC pot with artificial fern, £10, B&Q (opens in new tab)

The rug

hand woven and fringed rug

(Image credit: La Redoute, Very)

Just imagine kicking off your shoes at the end of a long day and sinking your toes into one of these wool wonders. Both are inspired by the traditional floor coverings of the north African Berber tribes.

Ideal: Tekouma Berber-style hand-woven wool rug, £479, La Redoute (opens in new tab)
Great Deal: Ideal Home Calandre fringed rug, £179.99, Very (opens in new tab)

The armchair

leather armchairs

(Image credit: Out There Interiors, Maisons du Monde)

Either of these options armchairs look like the vintage real deal, but come with none of the issues of a secondhand seat. Because who wants to deal with broken springs, torn leather or musty smells?

Ideal: Curvy leather chair, £1,258, Out There Interiors (opens in new tab)
Great Deal: Oxford leather club armchiar, £644, Maisons du Monde (opens in new tab)

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The vase

glass vases

(Image credit: Marks & Spencer, George Home)

Start your collection with one of these Mediterranean-inpired vases, then add more in similar shades and different sizes.

Ideal: Medium apothecary vase in green, £19,50, Marks & Spencer (opens in new tab)
Great Deal: Glass vase, £6, George Home (opens in new tab)

The bench

wooden benches

(Image credit: Shimu, Puji)

Use one of these versatile benches at a dining table, as a place to pop your shoes on in a hallway, or in a bathroom, keeping towels within easy reach.

Ideal: Elm dining bench, £545, Shimu (opens in new tab)
Great Deal: Warung teak bench, £155, Puji (opens in new tab)

The lamp

lamp light with fishtail lamp base and ceramic finish

(Image credit: Oka, John Lewis)

More shopping inspiration: Ideal v Great Deal – cool low-cost doubles to create Mid-century look

Brighten up a dark corner with a statement lamp. With their classic curves, these timeless designs are great long-term investments. Just note the John Lewis 'Great deal' doesn't come with a shade, so you'll need to add that to the cost.

Ideal: Hepworth lamp, £195, Oka (opens in new tab)
Great Deal: Roberta ceramic fishtail lamp base, £65, John Lewis (opens in new tab)

Whether you go for our Ideals, Great Deals or a mix of both, these designs are for the long haul. So if you spend once, you've spent well!

Amy Cutmore
Amy Cutmore

Amy Cutmore is Editor-in-Chief, Homes Audience, working across the Future Homes portfolio. She works on titles including Ideal Home, Homes & Gardens, Livingetc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc, Top Ten Reviews and Country Life. And she's a winner of the PPA's Digital Content Leader of the Year. A homes journalist for two decades, she has a strong background in technology and appliances, and has a small portfolio of rental properties, so can offer advice to renters and rentees, alike.