05 Aug Make your home look luxurious on a budget
Everyone wants their home to look great. After all, it’s a reflection of who we are. However, the fact is interior decorators aren’t cheap. Budget constraints can mean having a high-end looking home can be difficult.
But don’t despair! I’ve done my research to see through that mysterious interior design sorcery. There are heaps of simple things you can do to turn your home into something special, without breaking the bank.
First thing’s first! The clutter must go. Clogging your home up with too much stuff makes it look messy and disorganized – a far cry from the chic and elegant look you’re striving for. Whittle down your possessions to what you’re truly fond of. What brings you joy, or what evokes strong memories. The first step to making a home shine is to simplify.
Next step: look down. Are you standing on carpet? Unless you’re extra vigilant, carpets don’t take long to become dirty. Not only can they stain easily (especially a concern if you’ve got young kids or animals), but they can absorb odors. While they may have once been considered lush and inviting, times have changed. If for no other reason, the maintenance of keeping carpet clean is enough to make most homeowners want to tear their hair out.
So what works better? Solid hardwood timber flooring can’t be beaten on pure style. Hardwood floors can get expensive depending on the sort of wood, but you can strike a bargain if you are looking in the right places for the right products! Plus, there’s an added bonus: if you ever sell, the hardwood floors are far more likely to be a benefit to the sale price than a hindrance.
Now for the lights! Most homes have exactly the same set up: compact downlights. They have positives, such as energy efficiency, but they can also give a home a stale look. If you’re keen for something a bit more elegant, designer lights are the way to go. And the good news is that a lot can be gotten cheaply as vintage or second-hand items.
Speaking of sources of light, let’s look to your windows. A home without window dressings or trimmings will definitely look cheap, leaving the home feeling unfinished and cold. Luckily, trimmings are some of the most cost-effective ways to add luxury to your home. If curtains aren’t your thing, try wooden shutters or woven bamboo shades.
Now for the elephant in the room. That big, black, weird looking thing in the corner. Yep, I’m talking about your beloved television. Nothing pops the luxury balloon more than a massive TV placed front and center. The best way to camouflage your TV is to visually minimize it by populating the wall behind it with art or photos. Although it won’t entirely disappear, the frame of the television will blend in with the other artwork to distract the eye.
Finally, a great way to add a touch of class is a bunch of freshly cut flowers. Just pop them in a vase, and you’ve instantly added warmth to your home. You can even place flowers in unexpected places, like your bathroom or laundry. After all, even laundries need a touch of class.
If you’d like any more great ideas on how to add some elegance to your home, just get in touch! ?