Even if you have a tight decorating budget you can still achieve that high-end looking home. Get the high-end look of your dreams at a fraction of the cost – Let us count the ways;
Interior decorators’ secrets exposed. A little insight on how to create an elegant home design look without breaking the bank by doing simple things like a fresh coat of paint to window treatments or simply adding pillows to new flooring, these are easy and affordable solutions you should know about.
Here are 10 of the easiest and most affordable ways to create an elegantly looking home. keep reading – you just may be pleasantly surprised at how simple these tricks are for convincing your guests into thinking you are living the high-life.
1) Color Matters
Wall color is certainly a difficult decision you are faced with when decorating, especially when your whole design scheme will be based on the color palette you choose. Although, if you desire elegance, there are specific colors that will add glamour almost instantly.
Choose one of these color options—dramatic and bold or the other end of the spectrum with soft, understated hues. These hues allow you to quickly add a sense of elegance to your home. It really depends on your own color personality in terms of which color option to choose.
To instantly create an expensive feel, painting your interior doors black is a great idea without costing you much at all. If you do, however, make sure black accessories are also added to the space to tie it all together.
Choose dramatic and bold wall colors or choose the other end of the spectrum and go with softer hues. These types of colors will add instant elegance to your design.
2) Lighting Makes all the Difference
Many contractors choose the lower end lighting fixtures, which is likely the same they’ve been using over and over in all the homes they build. Nevertheless, more upscale lighting fixtures will automatically add much more elegance to your home design than those standard fixtures.
There are tricks you can utilize to get that higher-end look without breaking the bank. Look to second-hand stores and flea markets. This way you can get an upscale unique piece at a discounted price. Or consider a make-over on that old chandelier by simply adding a drum shade around it to get that expensive newer custom look everyone is craving.
Some parts of the chandelier may need a little attention like buffing or a little touch up paint, but when you are finished it can look expensive for just a few bucks. Also, be sure to include several different light sources in to your lighting plan, including floor lamps and table lamps, chandeliers, pendants or sconces all throughout the home to highlight the elegant feeling.
3) Keep it Comfortable & Elegant
Pillows, pillows, pillow! There are several purposes to add them throughout your design scheme. If you choose them correctly, they can really ratchet-up the elegance factor. And, they provide your visitors with more comfort on the couch, and offers a more layered and cozy design.
Comfort speaks for itself, if you choose larger soft pillows that allow you to rest on them you are on your way. Speaking of size, avoid those standard 12 to 18 inch throw pillows. Instead, go with the larger ones, like a 22-inch pillow cover with 24-inch inserts.
The larger pillows will create a more elegant and plush look—and be generous with the pillow inserts, down-filled is the best choice.
4 ) Details Matter
It all comes down to the details. Decorating your home with a high-end, custom look, details are important. In this case, the detail we are focused on is crown molding.
Crown molding will make an unfinished looking room look finished; it combines the ceiling and the walls, giving them both a more elegant look. Without the finishing touch of crown molding, your room design can end up looking cheap or unfinished.
Generally speaking, crown molding is a very cost effective choice, especially if you choose the paintable, plastic type which makes it affordable for almost any budget. There are many size width choices, but if you really want an impact, choose the widest trim molding that you can afford.. For the most glamour, mix and match many types of crown molding to your design, i.e. high baseboard, crown, ceiling beams, ceiling medallions, columns, chair rails etc…
5) Dress Up Your Widows
A design just isn’t complete and ends up looking cheap without the window treatments. Window treatments are probably the most cost effective ways to add elegance to your design, and you get the privacy you want.
You need to make good informed choices when choosing your window treatments. For example, choosing flimsy cheap materials can make it all look worse not better. Also, we recommend you stay away from see-through materials. That doesn’t mean that you must buy the most expensive either. Many of the chain stores carry well made, nicely lined draperies that appear more expensive and elegant —even though the cost is affordable.
As far as window treatments go, stay with the quality and elegant materials such as linen, natural silk, and cotton because man-made fabrics or polyester usually look unappealing and cheap. If drapes are not your style, try the wood blinds or the woven bamboo shades. Properly dressing up your windows will ensure your design is well designed and most important, elegant.
6) Unique Hardware & Finishing touches
Think about that giant wall of drawer pulls and cabinet knobs at your local home Improvement store. However, at that point, you should turn and walk away.
The hardware they carry may be inexpensive, but they are also not good quality and are rather cheap-looking. For a few dollars more – you can get slightly more expensive, elegant looking hardware elsewhere.
There are flea markets, antique shops and smaller hardware stores that are the best places to find what you are looking for. You will find expensive- looking, heavy-duty, pulls and drawer knobs at a very reasonable price, giving you that unique and elegant look you desire.
7) Accessories Make It Home!
Most interior designs lack the sufficient accessories to enhance and provide that elegant touch to your design. While many say that accessorizing well would cost too much, we believe the exact opposite is actually true.
Accessorizing your home well while keeping it affordable, especially if you have a penchant for gold. Gold goes hand in hand with riches and wealth, and can quickly create that elegant ambience, as long as you don’t go overboard. Sometimes, less can be more…
Accessorizing with gold mirrors, gold picture frames or even a modern gold-legged accent table that are recently showing up in designer showrooms.
8) Hardwood over Carpet
Wall-to-wall carpet in a home is comfy, soft and warm, but it can’t equate for the same elegant factor as beautiful solid hardwood floors. Hardwood gives your design an elegant, classic look and can be purchased at an affordable price.
Hardwood flooring is an investment for your home, and it is certainly a wise one. Hardwood lasts a long time and provides a good return on your investment, especially when you resell your home. In fact, if you need to make a choice between either laminate flooring or a nice plush carpeting, go for the plush carpet.
To get your best value, you’ll want to research the different types of wood, because some are more costly than others. For instance, oak and birch are generally less expensive than a premium wood like cherry. Also, you should consider choosing a darker color for a more elegant or luxurious look. You should also include a few area rugs that will serve to tie together the overall design of the room, from ceiling down to the floor.
9) Affordable Furniture Can Look Elegant
When investing in expensive couches is your inclination, buying less expensive furniture may end up costing you more later on. They are usually poorly constructed and look cheap, which means they will likely need replaced sooner.
If you want elegant furniture for your home design, check out the secondhand stores, consignment shops for quality pieces at a more affordable price and estate sales. Don’t worry, the furniture can be reupholstered to match your own décor.
The amount you will save on furniture will allow you more room in your budget to get those items reupholstered. There you go, you’ve achieved an up-scale designer look at a fraction of the cost.
10) Keep it Clean & Uncluttered
One of the easiest and most affordable ways for your home to look its most elegant, is actually free. All you need is a clean and decluttered home to complete that WOW Factor! Weekly cleaning with proper dusting, sweeping and vacuuming and a little shining can do a lot to make your home feel its most elegant and high-end.
As you can see, there are several ways to get your home to look elegant on a budget. The right paint colors, avoiding the cheap, poor quality accessories are the best tips interior designers follow in order to create those high-end designs.
Create your budget for each separate part of your home, imagine the savings by shopping at smaller stores, like consignment shops, secondhand shops, and flea markets.
You might just be surprised at how much you’ll save and what you will find, and how easy it is to create that elegant looking home, even on a budget.