If you have a tight decorating budget it can be difficult to have a high-end looking home. Fortunately, you can get the high-end look you dream of even on a budget.
Here are some secrets to make your home look elegant without breaking the bank.
1) Crown Molding – Details Matter
Details are the key while decorating your home to look custom-made and high-end. For instance, a room looks finished or complete if you use crown moulding. And it is relatively inexpensive.
It gives the walls and the ceiling an elegant appearance and brings them together. Rooms tend to look unfinished or cheap without this finishing touch.
2) Paint – Color Matters
When decorating a room one of the most difficult decisions to make is perhaps the paint colour. You can add instant glamour to your home using certain colours. Choose soft, dramatic, bold or understated hues.
Another great idea is to paint the interior doors black. Without breaking your budget it will automatically create an expensive feeling. However, be sure to add some black accessories if you choose this option to tie the overall design together.
3) Pillows – Comfort & Elegance
Pillows can really add elegance to your home and a layered feeling to your rooms if chosen correctly. And they also add a little extra comfort on the couch. For the maximum comfort choose pillows that are large and soft to rest on. Overstuffed pillows create a very elegant, plush appearance to your room.
4) Window Treatments – A Must-Have Accessory
Home will look cheap and unfinished without window treatments. Fortunately, to add some privacy and elegance to your home window treatments are one of the most budget-friendly ways.
Make a smart choice. Do not choose flimsy unlined see-through materials. Stick to elegant materials such as cotton, linen and natural silk. You can also try wooden bamboo shades. They will make your home look well-designed and elegant.
5) Hardware Finishes – Opt for Unique
Do not buy bulk hardware pieces. They are cheap-looking, poor quality and inexpensive. You will get expensive, elegant looking pieces on a budget. Shop at antique shops, flea markets and small hardware stores.
6) Lighting Makes a Difference
Don’t choose standard lighting fixtures. Opt for designer light fixtures. Fortunately, you will get them at a budget-friendly price at second-hand stores and flea markets.
Include, floor lamps and table lamps and several different light sources to increase the elegant feeling throughout the home.
7) Hardwood vs Carpet
For a warm and soft touch wall-to-wall carpeting is ideal, but when compared to a gleaming hardwood floor they are not so elegant. For an elegant, classic look, opt for hardwood, which you will get at an affordable price.
They last longer too and provide a nice return on investment.
You can look at different types of wood if you are looking for a budget-friendly option. Also, for a more luxurious appearance consider choosing a dark colour, but to tie the overall design of the room together from floor to ceiling be sure to add a few area rugs.
8) Accessorize Your Home
To really bring that elegant touch to space most average homes lack the necessary accessories. And the best thing is there are ways to accessorize within your budget. For instance, gold is associated with riches and wealth, and can instantly create an elegant feeling. However, make sure to avoid too much gold in one space. Accessorize with gold mirrors, gold picture frames, or modern gold-legged tables.
9) Furniture Can Be Affordable
It is always good to invest in expensive couches. You will get an elegant piece of furniture at an affordable price at estate sales, secondhand stores, and consignment shops. To match your décor you can get the furniture reupholstered. At a fraction of the cost, you will get a high-end designer look.
10) Housekeeping— An Uncluttered, Clean Home is a Must
Surprisingly, an easy way to make your home look elegant on a budget is to clean and declutter your home. Your home will look high-end with weekly dusting and vacuuming. Make sure to clean area rugs and dust your furniture and windows. Clean windows will filter in natural light, making your home appear welcoming and bright.