Want to spruce up your home interior but don’t have lots of money to spend? Don’t fret – hiring an interior designer isn’t the only way to make your home look as stylish as they show in glossy home décor magazines.
Here are 6 ways to make your (rental) home look more expensive without outside help and without hurting your wallet.
Find Affordable Furniture
Furnishing a home can be very expensive but first of all, there is no need to tackle every room at once. Focusing on a single area at a time will make the entire redecorating process feel much more manageable and help you stay on budget.
Second, not every piece of furniture needs to be new. Keep vintage, sentimental pieces, and consider shopping at antique shops, secondhand stores, estate sales, and garage sales for unique finds. Or, if you still prefer brand new things you can check out online catalogues. These catalogues like Catalogues 247, offer personal accounts with credit plans, allowing you to buy now and pay later or spread the cost in monthly or weekly installments. You can use them to buy furniture items including beds, sofas, wardrobes, and more – all from the comfort of your home!
Once you find the perfect piece, consider having it reupholstered to match your home décor. The savings on the furniture will allow room in the budget to get the furniture items reupholstered, giving you an elegant designer look at a fraction of the cost.
Change the Wall Color
If elegance is your ultimate goal, there are certain colors you should consider. When it comes to adding instant elegance, you can choose from two options: soft, neutral shades, or dramatic, bold ones. Which one you choose will depend on your personal taste.
If you want to avoid painting the entire home, you can choose to paint only one wall in a room. Accent walls add interest and drama to any space, but when you are only painting one or two walls, you don’t just want to slap a vivid color in any random spot. To create a balanced design, the color placement of your accent walls and the color pattern are key. Have the rest of the decor in mind as well, so that the overall look feels cohesive.
You can also use wallpapers or paint only the interior doors. If you decide to go with the latter option, choose black to automatically create an expensive feeling without spending too much money, and don’t forget to add black accessories in order to tie the overall design together.
Light It Up
Replace standard lighting fixtures with designer ones. Designer light fixtures are the best option to add elegance. For instance, lanterns with a classical shape are a great option to bring style to your home décor.
Go to secondhand stores and flea markets to find unique pieces at budget-friendly prices. Some pieces might require a new paint job or some buffing but can look super-luxurious for just a few dollars.
Finally, make sure to have various light sources, including floor lamps and table lamps throughout the house to increase the high-end feeling.
Change the Hardware
Changing the drawer knobs and pulls is probably the easiest and least expensive way to freshen up your home decor. However, if you’re going for elegance, stay away from home improvement stores that sell cheap, bulk hardware pieces.
For a few extra bucks, you can find unique, elegant pieces elsewhere. Antique shops, flea markets, as well as smaller hardware stores are the best places to find good-quality, expensive-looking pulls and knobs at affordable prices, giving your house the elegant look you desire.
Accessories Are Everything
Accessories are the last touch that really brings that elegant feeling to any space. You think that accessories will over-extend your budget? Think again. And think gold. Gold is often associated with riches and wealth, so adding a few gold pieces can create an instant elegant feeling, just be careful there isn’t too much gold in a single space. Consider gold mirrors, picture frames, or a single, gold-legged table.
You should also consider adding pillows and cushions. Choosing the right pillows can really punch up the luxury factor while offering a cozy feeling to your home and providing you and your guests with extra comfort. Choose pillows that are big enough to rest and soft to create a plush, elegant appearance.
Finally, don’t forget to bring nature to your home by adding some houseplants. This will not only keep the space clean but also add beauty to the interior.
Treat Your Windows
If your windows are untreated, your home will look cheap and unfinished. Luckily, window treatments are one of the cheapest ways to add extra elegance, as well as privacy. When choosing them, make sure to avoid see-through materials as they often look cheap.
Many chain stores sell lined draperies that look expensive and elegant. As far as fabrics are concerned, opt for elegant materials like linen, cotton, and silk, and stay away from synthetic ones like polyester. If you don’t want draperies, try wood blinds or woven bamboo shades.
There you have it, now you know that there are many ways to make your home interior look high-end even on a budget. It’s all about selecting the right color scheme, avoiding poor quality items, and finding alternative shopping venues. Take your time to create a budget for every room in your house and consider shopping online or at smaller stores. You might be surprised at what you will find and how easy the whole process can be.