You’ve got a seriously stylish closet, and you’ve got the home of your dreams, but maybe it doesn’t evoke the same everyday sense of glamour as the way you carry yourself does. And when it comes to a completely decadent lifestyle, your home should be just as elevated as you are. So to help you make your home feel just as luxurious as the ones you see in those glossy shelter magazines, the interior designers at firm Décor Aid think you should consider these affordable ideas as the ultimate resource to make your home feel as good as you look on a daily basis, without having to spend a fortune.
START WITH FLOORING IDEAS
Whenever you’re thinking about updating the look of a room, always start with flooring. This will work as a foundational starting point for you since flooring can tie everything in a room together while also highlighting the scale of the space. From a fresh polishing to a new patterned rug, think of flooring as a foundational starting point and work from there.
REPAINT YOUR WALLS
When it comes to affordable ways to refresh a room, paint makes for the ultimate route. After all, it may be laborious to do, but it’s one of the most affordable ways to update a room while bringing it to life. You can also go for the unexpected with an accent wall that you can easily repaint as trends and your mood changes without having to commit to an overall color. Or you can opt for modern peel-and-stick wall covering in a playful print to elevate your space with confidence.
NEW MOLDINGS WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE
If you’re looking to update your entryway, hallway or just about any room in your home you can easily do so with elegant pre-cut trim and moldings that you can install yourself. Think painted panels along a staircase, ornate moldings surrounding your mantle while punctuating it, and even decadent tin panels for an old-world sense of grandeur.
NOTHING BEATS HEIRLOOM PIECES
Sure, you’re looking to make your home look and feel more luxurious, but who says that it has to cost a fortune to do so? Instead, get resourceful and ask friends and family if they have any possible hand-me-downs. And do scour local second-hand shops, antique markets, and even sample sales as the quality of older furniture is always better than the new fast furnishings we’re often bombarded with today. Plus, the finds you do score will be certain to make your home feel all the more unique..
When looking to make any room feel larger and more glamorous, think of high-shine and metallic extras as a go-to. From affordable and easy to source stylish mirrors to crystal to gold and silver accents to reflective surfaces and finishes, high-shine elements will also work to reflect light throughout a room. And they pair well with every design style, making them must-haves.
PLAY WITH TEXTURE
When it comes to instantly making a room feel more glamorous and elevated, nothing beats the look and feel of textured accents. To get the look right, go for decorative fringe, embellished pieces, furry finds, silk, velvet, and just about any kind of visually interesting trim. This can be done so with pillows, throws, and decorative extras.
DON’T SKIP OUT ON QUALITY ART
Create distinct focal points throughout a room with striking art to bring it to life as well. And when doing so, there’s no need to spend a small fortune. If you’ve been sitting on unframed prints and posters, now’s the time to finally have them framed. And you can also source intriguing art prints online that won’t break the bank.
LET YOUR DRAPES HIT THE GROUND
Window treatments can make or break a room, and when it comes to drapes, use them to your advantage with panels of neutral hued floor-to-ceiling curtains. This will, in turn, make your ceilings appear higher than they really are. And if you’re short on windows, think about covering an entire wall with layers of drapes to fake the feel of a bank of windows.
CREATE A LAYERED LIGHTING SCHEME
Ask an interior designer one of the most common mistakes they see when they enter a home for the first time and they’ll be certain to tell you that people get lighting wrong all too often. Instead of only relying on standard overhead lighting, create a warm and inviting lighting scheme by installing various sources of light at different heights and with different bulbs and dimmers. Think table and floor lamps, wall sconces, pendant lighting, and even candles for a luminous and varied effect that’s anything but flat and uninspiring.