Who doesn’t want their home to look like one of those big reveals on HGTV? Unfortunately, we don’t all have the budget to afford a luxury interior designer to make our homes picture perfect. Just because you don’t have a professional design crew at your disposal doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality.
When it comes to your home, it’s all about quality over quantity. While you might not be able to afford a complete home renovation, that doesn’t mean you have to accept a life of bargain bin style. As long as you know where to focus the funds you do have (and you’re not afraid of a little elbow grease), you can create a luxury home without breaking the bank.
1. Choose a color palette (and stick with it).
You can add a touch of luxury just by knowing a few elements of design. Color plays a huge role in the mood of a room, but choosing the right colors can sometimes feel like playing the lottery. According to a recent Zillow analysis, homes with shades of powder blue and periwinkle have an increased value of $5,440 on average. While that doesn’t mean you need to run to the store to buy a shade of light blue right now, it does mean color packs a serious punch.
To master the art of color, start small. Work on the main living areas first to gain confidence, then move to the other parts of your home. You don’t need a degree in design to make the colors in your home work for you. You can figure it out for yourself with a simple color wheel. Using colors that appear next to each other will be calming. On the other hand, opposite colors will be bold.
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2. Add texture to create a polished look.
From metal to thick fabric, texture makes your space look luxurious without that expensive price tag. Think of your favorite hotel rooms you’ve stayed in. What made those rooms so special? Odds are it’s the lush bedding, the fabrics, and the metal accents. You can incorporate these in small ways, like through brass fixtures and sculptures as well as lush rugs and cushions.
Playing with texture is a balancing act. Metallics are harsh when used in excess, so you need to soften these shades with plush accessories. We all need accents that shimmer and shine, but we don’t want our homes to be so dazzling they start to feel cold. Those metallics are the little black dress of your home design, while your fabrics will soften the overall look.
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3. Upgrade your furniture.
Think of your furniture as the featured actors in a production. They’re the stars of the show, and everything else is just in a supporting role. Today, most affordable furniture is mass produced and not built to last. These pieces are designed with modern trends in mind, and they won’t fit your design over the years as it continues to evolve.
Do your wallet and your home design a favor and upgrade your furniture. Look for quality pieces that are built with the future in mind. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking they can’t afford high-quality furniture when the reality is they can’t afford not to purchase high-quality furniture.
Inexpensive, low-quality furniture has a short lifespan. It’ll need to be replaced in 1-3 years, and that means buying another low-quality piece to fill its place. This cycle is endless until you realize the best option is to choose quality furniture from the start. Visit Amish Tables to see for yourself why quality, custom furniture is a smarter choice.
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4. Add molding to your malls.
One of the staples of classic, luxury homes is the crown molding. While your first thought when you think of molding might be something overly Victorian and gaudy, you don’t have to go that route unless it makes sense for your design. Adding molding to the baseboards, ceiling, and chair rail can add depth to your space.
The trick to ensuring your molding doesn’t date your home is to keep it simple. Single-shape molding adds an element of style without being too over-the-top. The good news is that as long as you have a steady hand and some patience, you can install molding yourself in just a few hours.
5. Wallpaper your walls.
Like crown molding, wallpaper evokes a vision of stuffy, outdated homes. Cast all of those thoughts about wallpaper out of your mind. Wallpaper of today is a whole different beast, and it’s guaranteed to take your home design up a notch. Today, wallpaper comes in a wide array of modern patterns and styles. It’s no longer a pain to apply and to remove, and some of it is even reusable.
You can incorporate wallpaper in so many ways that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. The most modern options are geometric styles and florals, but don’t be afraid to go bold. You can cover the entire room or just a statement wall, and you can always take it down when you’re ready to move on to a new design.
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6. Take your windows higher with window treatments.
Unless you’re willing to start a major renovation, you probably aren’t physically able to move your ceiling higher. Grand, luxe homes always seem to have high ceilings. While there’s no secret trick to raise your ceiling magically, you can create the illusion of more space with some window treatments.
First, opt for wall-length curtains that go from the floor to the ceiling, even if your window isn’t that high. This will draw the eye upwards and enlarge the space. Next, add depth with custom blinds or paneling. This simple upgrade will transform your home into a spacious wonderland.
7. Hang statement artwork.
Many new home designers are intimidated by choosing art since there’s so much pressure to find the “right” photos or prints, but this is misguided. The reality is that it doesn’t matter what you hang, as long as you hang it well. Let’s talk about the nitty-gritty of actually hanging art with confidence. Don’t worry, you don’t need to measure with your arm anymore.
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Step 1: Measure the top edge of the frame to the hook or nail. This will account for any height difference between where the nail actually sits and the top of the art.
Step 2: Time for some simple math. Divide the entire frame height in half, then subtract the measurement we figured out in the first step. If you’re framing something that’s 22 inches tall, you’ll divide 20 by 2 to get 11. Then, subtract 1 inch for the nail position to get 10 inches.
Step 3: The prime hanging spot should be within an average person’s line of sight—usually 60 inches off the ground at the center. That means we’re going to add 60 to our measurement. When we add 60 to our example, that leaves us with 70 inches. Mark your spot on the wall according to this calculation, and you’re ready to go.
Creating A Luxurious Space
Who doesn’t feel at home in a luxury hotel room? There’s something about the quality design of these rooms that make us want to stay forever. You can bring the luxe of your favorite hotel rooms to your own home with these ideas above.
Luxury doesn’t have to mean expensive. It’s all about the feelings behind the pieces you choose. Your home is your story you’re sharing with yourself and guests. What favorite things and styles do you want to surround yourself with?
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