We all want to live in stylish surroundings, but how can you make your home beautiful without breaking the bank? It’s simpler than you think – with a few small changes you can make a big difference in the elegance of your home’s interior.
Most builders use standard light fittings to save costs. Designer light fixtures will make your home unique and give a sense of elegance, but they do not come cheap. Luckily, there are some tricks you can use to get the same effect for half the price.
Look for unique light fittings at flea markets and secondhand stores. You can also spruce up an old lampshade by redoing the finishing or combining it with a chandelier. You can often make an old boring light fitting look brand new simply by repainting or buffing it bit. Place lamps around the house to up the elegance factor.
Pillows are versatile and can add pops of colour while still being understated, make a boring old couch seem elegant and create an atmosphere of comfort and cosiness.
Buy pillows slightly larger than the regular 30 cm to 45 cm throw pillows – choose pillow covers that are 55 cm and squash in a 60 cm pillow. These large, overstuffed pillows look inviting and create a plush appearance.
The colour of a room can make or break its X-factor, so choose wisely. You can go in one of two opposite directions – a muted, classic colour scheme or big and bold colours that add a dramatic, glamorous edge. Soft and understated tones create a feeling of elegance. Both are stylish choices.
Remember that your furniture and accessories must fit into the space you are creating and that the space should therefore be painted the right colour. Another option is painting a door black – it creates an expensive feeling without costing much. Just make sure that you have some black accessories throughout the room to tie the design together.
While wall-to-wall carpeting is cozy, you can get the same effect by using solid hardwood floors – plus it adds a feeling of luxuriousness and elegance. It is a classic look and if you shop around, you might find yourself a bargain to boot. It is a solid investment and will add instant value to your home.
Some types of wood are more expensive than other, so choose carefully so that the flooring fits both your home and your wallet. Darker colours look more luxurious, while lighter colours add a dimension of space. Use rugs to tie the look and feel of the room together and create warmth if necessary.
You can also choose to laminate, which creates a similar look and reasonably close feel to hardwood. Just make sure that you buy a high-end product to ensure lasting quality.
Window trimmings create an immediate finishing touch and plays a large role in making a home look stylish and elegant, as well adding privacy. The bonus is that you can decorate your windows without spending too much cash.
Regardless of your budget, buying thin, flimsy and unlined fabric is not worth the saving. Stick to more natural, luxurious fabrics such as silk, linen and cotton. If you’re not a draperies person, try blinds or woven bamboo shades.
Details are key when it comes to decoration and even the smallest touches can have a big effect. Cornices, or any crown moulding, bring a finishing touch to a room. Without it, rooms look cheap and unfinished. It’s very affordable (especially the plastic, paintable versions) and easy to put up. To add elegance, choose a wider trim for maximum effect.
While budgetary reasons often prevent people from buying more expensive furniture, buying cheap furniture will cost you in the end. Cheap furniture doesn’t last as long as the more expensive ranges and also starts looking tatty sooner. See if you can find elegant pieces of furniture at secondhand stores, sales and auctions – focus on the framework, as you can easily reupholster the covering.
Instead of using the same knobs and pulls as everyone else by buying them at a hardware store, rather look for unique pieces that will give your home that special, personalised touch.
Flea markets and antique shops are the best places to look for hardware that will add elegance to your home. Look for heavy-duty, expensive-looking pieces and mix and match to suit your own personal style.
You can add instant elegance by adding the right accessories to your home. You only need a few pieces to have make a great difference. An easy way to get instant glamour in any room is by adding gold accessories. Gold is associated with wealth and riches, but mind against overdoing it as this will just look tacky. Items you can use include mirrors, frames or ornamental vases.
This one is awesome, because it will literally cost you nothing. Simply keeping your house clutter-free and clean will make it look more elegant and high-end. At the same time, you are maintaining your furniture, which will help to make it last longer. Clean windows let in light, making your home seem more inviting and bright. And with all the clutter out of the way, your guests (and you) will be able to focus on all the pretty things in your home.
By using these ten simple tricks, you can turn your home into a place of elegance even if you’re on a tough budget.
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