By N. Robinson
Our home may be our castle, but not all of us have the budget to make it fit for a king or queen. Thankfully giving your home décor an expensive and luxurious feel doesn’t have to break the bank and it can benefit your home more in the long term than settling for cheaper options. Consider these decorating tips, and you could have the luxury home of your dreams.
1. Windows Make the Room
One of the cheapest ways to give your home a touch of elegance is by sprucing up your windows. Window treatments stop a window from looking unfinished and cheap especially if you use quality fabrics and materials. For the best effect use thick fabrics with lining and avoid anything see through. Stick to natural fabrics like silk, cotton, and linen. Alternatively, consider woven bamboo shades or wood blinds.
A fresh coat of paint for your windows is also another simple and relatively cheap way to rejuvenate a room and give it a more updated look.
2. Lighting Elegance
Designer lighting fixtures can make your home look expensive and luxurious, but if you can’t afford them, there are few tricks you can try to compensate. Instead of investing in new lighting, why not try buffing or painting your current lighting to give it a custom look? If you have an old chandelier, you want to spruce up adding something like a drum shade can immediately add elegance to the room.
3. Floor Them
Windows and lighting aren’t the only things that can make a room stand out. Good floors can make a world of difference too. Hardwood floors can last a long time and are a good investment. Dark wood like walnut or Jacobean can make a room look expensive, but they can also be costly to install. For price birch and oak wood are cheaper than cherry.
If you want a wood look to your floors without the price of real hardwood tiles can mimic hardwood flooring very effectively, but can be hard and cold and, depending on the choice of tile can be pricey. Vinyl and laminates also offer durable and realistic looking alternatives to hardwood for a fraction of the cost of real wood. Opt for something with texture that follows the image of the grain or has a band-sawn effect. Vinyl can also mimic tile and provided you don’t require waterproof floors can be great and cheaper alternative to tile flooring.
4. Crown Luxury
Crown molding is a great way to add a bit of class to your home, and it’s relatively inexpensive. Purchase molding with high-end custom made details and be creative. Moldings come in many designs: high baseboard, ceiling beams columns, and ceiling medallions.
5. Color Your Way to Glamor
Color can add glamour to a home whether you decide to be bold and dramatic or soft and understated. Another great tip is to paint doors black and then add a few black accessories to the room. This can give a room an expensive look.
6. Cushioned Comfort
Cushions are another relatively cheap way to give rooms a sense of luxury and elegance. Choose large overstuffed pillows to give your rooms that elegant feeling.
7. Wallpaper Art
Art can make a room seem expensive especially larger pieces, but if you can’t afford it try a patch of wallpaper. Pick something beautiful and elegant, and it can really add pizazz to a room.
8. Bargain Hunt
The best way to get luxury on the cheap is to bargain hunt. Shop outlets and discount stores, sister and craft stores, thrift stores, garage sales and hardware stores are all great places to hunt for quality items at discount prices. The internet is also a great place to trawl for discounted items. Craigslist is a useful site if you’re looking for furniture with a bit of history, but remember: Buyer beware.
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