Ideal v Great Deal – create a refined elegant look for your home on any budget

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    If you’re looking to create a timeless elegance feel in your home, these simple pieces will help you get the look. Grey French-style furniture and sleek silver accessories are a great place to start for adding a touch of sophistication.

    Read for more inspiration: 18 grey living room ideas for gorgeous and elegant spaces

    Money no object? We’ve picked the ultimate chic buys to make your home ooze effortless elegance. But if you’re looking to get the look on a smaller budget, we’ve also tracked down copycat designs with lower price tags. Because that’s what we do best here at Ideal Home…

    Make refined elegance work in your home

    The table lamp

    Ideal Great Deal refined elegance

    Add an ethereal element of light to your interior with either of these elegant looking lamps. The ideal, from John Lewis & Partners, is crafted from a high-shine chrome. The great deal, from Very, is made from a mercury glass base. Both distressed mirror finishes will enhance and reflect light beautifully.

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    Ideal: Tabitha Distressed Mirror Table Lamp, £95, John Lewis & Partners
    Great deal: Lindi Dual-Source Table Lamp, £59.99, Very

    The dining chair

    Ideal Great Deal refined elegance

    Slight difference in finish but altogether, pound for pound in style. But if you need to order four or six to seat around a dining table the cheaper option will make things far more affordable overall.

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    Ideal: Pulpit Rock Upholstered Dining Chair, £259.99, Wayfair
    Great deal: Antoinette Smoke Grey Dining Chair, £119.99, My Furniture

    The faux fur rug

    Ideal Great Deal refined elegance

    A luxury-look sheepskin adds not only a touch of luxe but, more importantly, warmth and texture underfoot. These two grey designs create the same feel, the difference is one is 100 per cent sheepskin while the other is faux – but who’s to know? We won’t tell if you don’t!

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    Ideal: Grey Sheepskin Rug, £65, Oliver Bonas
    Great deal: Luxury Faux Sheepskin Rug, £30, Next

    The silver tray

    Ideal Great Deal refined elegance

    Talk about silver service! Whether you’re serving tea or simply using these mirrored trays to dress a sideboard, either design will ensure it’s done in style. The only big difference is the price tag.

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    Ideal: Cosford Round Mirrored Tray, £101, Artisanti
    Great deal: Decorative Mirrored Tray, £29.99, Zara Home

    The knitted cushion

    Ideal Great Deal refined elegance

    A simple knitted accessory, especially in a sophisticated shade of grey, can go a long way to add effortless Scandi-chic. The ideal version is a more luxurious Lambswool blend, however the great version looks pretty spot on as a cheaper substitute.

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    Ideal: Blakeney Cushion Cover, from £40, The White Company
    Great deal: Basic Grey Cushion, £7, Argos

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