Everyone is bound to have a dream home that they always wished for — high ceilings in a loft, tall tinted windows to allow natural sunlight to shine through, and chic interior design with a chandelier to top it all off. However, not many of us can afford such an extravagant looking house without burning a hole in our wallets. Indeed, renovations and high-end furnishings do require a lot of money; not forgetting the hefty prices attached to getting a personal interior designer. However, who says that you have to spend all your savings on making your home look high-end? With these simple tips, you will be able to spruce up your house without the exorbitant price tags.
When it comes to making your home look classier, details are key! A simple yet inexpensive way to style up your house would be to do crown molding. Though it does not require too much money, it creates an elegant vibe to your house, making your home look cohesive and custom-made. Without it, it just looks like any ordinary home without the finishing touch. If you are on a tight budget, opt for the plastic and paintable version of the crown molding as they are generally more affordable. With the different widths available, you should go for the largest width within your budget to create the most impact. If you want to go for the full aesthetic, consider incorporating all types of molding in your home, like medallions, ceiling beams, columns, and doors to give that extra oomph.
The color of your walls or the design of the wallpaper that you choose can greatly add personality to your home and is one of the most important decisions; especially when your furniture and appliances are going to be based on your wall’s color scheme. If you are going for a sophisticated feel, you should go for either bold colors or soft hues, depending on your preference. A pro tip is to paint your interior doors black to instantly add a touch of elegance to your home. Incorporating black accessories or furniture here and there is also recommended to tie the whole color scheme together.
Throw pillows are a great way to not only play up the refined appearance of your home but also increase the comfort level of it. To make your home seem more elegant, you should not pick out the standard 12 to 18-inch sized throw pillows and instead, purchase larger ones; somewhere between 22 to 24 inches. Large, soft pillows create a very high-class look to your home, especially if you choose the right pillow covers to match the color palette of your living room.
Fortunately, window treatments like curtains and blinds are one of the cheaper ways to add a touch of elegance to your home. However, choosing a budget, flimsy material will adversely make your home look cheap and unrefined. Hence, you should avoid picking ones that use a translucent material. Instead, opt for lined draperies that look posh, and stick with materials like natural silk, cotton, and linen that give off a sophisticated aesthetic. If you prefer blinds, go for wood blinds or woven bamboo shades, to make it seem as if your home was extravagantly custom-made.
Finding hardware finishes like drawer pulls and knobs are not difficult, but finding durable and classy ones can be a challenge. Typical home improvement stores will get you cheap-looking ones that do not last long, so you can try looking at flea markets and antique stores if you want to find something more refined and sophisticated. Though they are slightly pricier, most of them are of premium quality that can last way longer than your typical, inexpensive ones. One tip is to have them match the walls of your house, to create a neat and cohesive overall color scheme.
Designer light fixtures are the way to go, instead of the typical expensive chandeliers that you find with a million crystals hanging down the ceiling. To find affordable yet posh fixtures, try looking in second-hand shops that offer antique pieces. Though they may not be in the best condition, a little bit of buffing or painting over the existing layer will do the job. If you prefer to make use of old pieces from your previous home, a DIY tip is to add a drum shade over an old chandelier to make it seem custom-made.
Though wall-to-wall carpeting creates a very cozy and homely vibe, they do not scream elegance when it comes to a furry and soft flooring. What’s more, they are harder to clean! Instead, opt for solid hardwood floors to give your house an overall elegance. Not to mention that most of these hardwood materials come at affordable prices as well. Not only do they give a glamorous feel to your home, but they are also extremely durable and serve as a good investment in the future if you intend to sell your house. Alternatively, you can choose to laminate your floor but do be mindful to choose one that is of premium quality to ensure its durability. Choosing darker shades instead of lighter colors is one way to effectively bring out the grandeur of your house, while certain types of wood like birch and oak are preferred over others to give the same effect.
In a nutshell, these are some tips and tricks for you to make your house look luxurious, without having to spend tons on custom-made furnishes. Creating a budget for each section of the house is ideal to make sure that you avoid spending too much on a specific area such as beautiful bathroom suites. Look out for ways in which you can save a bit of cash by visiting second-hand shops and flea markets instead of your typical hardware stores; or by constantly sourcing for alternatives instead of settling for the first one you see. If you start being creative, you will be surprised to find out how easy it is for you to spruce up your house without breaking the bank!