Decorating on a budget doesn’t have to look and feel like you’re skimping on style. You could use some of these quick, simple, and easy tricks to transform your unremarkable space into looking like it’s taken straight out of a luxe magazine.
1. Stick to a unified palette
Going all-white is a fail-proof way to make your home look more luxurious. But if you find “white” lifeless, try to pick a unified palette and commit to it. Cohesiveness is the key when coordinating pieces. If you’re going the safe route, pick neutral tones.
2. Use minimalism to your advantage
Fortunately for those on a tight budget, you can use the power of minimalism to your advantage. Limit your pieces only to the essentials. Choose the simplest version of every piece. Leave room for negative spaces and allow the space to breathe.
3. Add a pop of color
Paint may be inexpensive but it can make a huge difference. If you need to change the overall feel of a room, changing the color of the walls is one way to do it. You may tone down a color or liven up your space with a bold accent color.
4. Replace your old throws
Throw pillows and blankets are an easy and cheap way to accessorize and add pops of color. Mix and match colors and textures, which complement your palette and theme. The easy move of swapping your old throws with fuller pillows and new covers can also do the trick.
5. Highlight stunning architectural details
Wooden beams, hardwood floors, crown molding, dramatic spiral staircase, built-in shelves, mosaic-tile backsplashes, and showstopping fireplaces – who needs to buy an expensive statement couch and coffee table if you have any of these? These architectural details are just some of the pre-existing home features you can highlight. Make them the focal point of the room.
6. Add molding
Bare walls? Aside from adding an elegant wallpaper or hanging stunning wall artworks, you may consider adding molding to the chair rail, baseboard, or ceiling. You can go for a simple single-depth piece of molding. If you want it to look even fancier, consider the Victorian-style molding.
7. Create built-in features
Custom pieces never fail to make your home look and feel expensive and thoughtfully planned. One way to customize your pieces, from bookshelves to kitchen cabinets, is to have them built in to fit your home perfectly. For instance, you can have a bookshelf that spans an entire wall rather than having it stand alone.
8. Update old fixtures
The little move, big difference. Swap your rusty, old fixtures including the door knobs, handles, faucets, drawer pulls, and light switch plates to newer, shinier ones. You may also upgrade your light fixtures to give your home a high-end glow. You can never go wrong with chandeliers.
9. Choose the perfect area rug
While area rugs are often seen as decorative pieces, they can also be considered as the foundation of a gorgeous space. Area rugs not only add more visual interest to an area – they also help define and divide rooms and ground furniture groupings without making use of a large square footage.
10. Place statement mirrors
Mirrors can trick the eye into thinking that the room is more spacious than it actually is. Large mirrors reflect the room back. Next to creating that go-to optical illusion, having a statement mirror or two as focal points add visual interest and luxe feel to your home.
11. Hang art
If you’re not fortunate enough to have a stunning fireplace as your focal point, you can make your home look expensive by hanging a showstopper framed work. It can be a huge family portrait or a number of family pictures, or vibrant paintings. Make sure the art you choose the art you pick is the perfect size and scale for the empty wall you’re decorating.
12. Buy frames in bulk
Don’t have a showstopper artwork? Coordinating or matching frames can make your meaningful mementos like postcards, travel photos, photo booth strips, and even artworks that look like they’re drawn by a toddler, look gallery-worthy.
13. Give the illusion of higher ceilings
Higher ceilings give the home a grander feel. It’s costly to literally raise your roof, but you may consider other ways to create an illusion of height. One fail-proof way is to raise your window treatments to ceiling height. You may also decorate your walls with clean vertical stripes.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is a resident writer for Wincrest Home Builders, one of NSW’s most experienced and well-renowned home builders aiming at building and designing modern family homes in Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast, and the Hunter. She loves writing articles focused on real estate and interior design.