We all want our homes to be sanctuaries. If you’ve recently moved, or you’re looking to channel your inner interior designer and recreate Instagram-worthy aesthetics, it is possible to add a luxe feel without breaking the bank. Here are some simple steps to consider.
Finish off DIY jobs
If there’s anything that detracts from the finish of a room it’s half-baked or unfinished DIY and repair jobs. If your walls need painting, you have shelves that need hanging, or you’ve never got around to repairing broken doors or dealing with damp patches on your walls or ceiling, now is the time to write a list of all the maintenance projects that need completing. If there are outstanding jobs, your home won’t look smart and professional even if the decor is perfect. Look for experts in ceiling repair, ask for recommendations if you need a builder and set aside time to finish simple DIY tasks. As soon as you’ve crossed off these tasks, you can turn your attention to decorating.
Switch up your colorways
Painting the walls or using wallpaper to create statement walls is a brilliant way to create a more luxurious, opulent feel in every space. Depending on the function and size of the room and the vibe you want to create, you can stick to chic, contemporary neutrals or opt for more sumptuous, decadent tones. Dark, rich colors work best in dining rooms and formal living spaces, while light shades are ideal for informal living rooms, kitchens and landings. Always test different tones on the wall and wait for them to dry before choosing colors and think about how you want to use each room. Soothing, calming shades are ideal for restful, tranquil bedrooms while brighter, bolder tones work well in sociable areas.
Adding texture is a simple and effective way to make rooms more inviting and add class and exclusivity. You can mix and match and change soft furnishings to reflect the season. Opt for high-quality materials such as silk and velvet for bedroom and living room cushions and throws, or create a cozy feel with faux fur or wool for winter.
Invest in statement pieces
When you think about boutique hotels or trendy, sophisticated bars and restaurants you’ve visited, you may realize that most have something in common. Rooms that capture the imagination and stick in your mind usually have a statement feature or a piece of furniture or artwork that starts a conversation. Adding a focal point is a brilliant way to turn heads and make your home more luxurious without having to redecorate every room. From pieces of art, beautiful fireplaces and spectacular chandeliers to statement headboards, fabulous couches or bathtubs that command attention, look for treasures in vintage stores, reclamation yards, stores, auction sites and online boutiques.
Do you dream of having a home that looks like something from a Pinterest feed or an interior design magazine? If you’re looking to add a luxe feel to your home for less, focus on finishing off DIY jobs, paint or paper the walls, add texture and invest in statement pieces.
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