My cachepot repeats the colors that I use in the house, and this is the technique that I use to pull my room's colors together. Repeat your colors throughout the house!
I think one way you can decide if a piece is/was a good investment is that you can move it around the house, and that you are still using it after a few years.
If a purchase stands the test of time...it was a good one. On the other hand I have made a few impulse purchases that I tired of after a few months. I guess we have all done that.
I try to be very selective these days. I have more than I need. I mostly shop my house...unless I see that one very special item.
Then I ask myself...will I love it this much after two or three years?
(Shopping my own basement has become a bit of a fun challenge...to see how many ways I can mix this and that for a new, fresh look.)
Here's my cachepot resting on the hall table...the one I change arrangements on often.
Since I am a French teacher...let me tell you about the french word..." le cachepot." (first, the final letter "t" is silent. So, you end up with cachepo...)
We/English write cachepot as one word, while the french write it hyphenated. le cache-pot. It is masculine in gender.