If you’d like to give your home that certain ‘wow’ factor but don’t want to employ an expensive interior designer, there is still a lot you can do on a tight budget.
Here we look at some relatively inexpensive options that can make your home look more opulent.
Walls and Floors
For any room, standing back and looking at the walls and floors first before you do anything else is going to be critical if you want to add some panache. Think of them as the foundation on which your new elegant look is going to be based.
Switching to lighter coloured walls for smaller rooms can make them look bigger (as can adding a few mirrors). Putting down an expensive-looking carpet with a thick pile can also make an immediate difference. Thicker carpets may require a bit more maintenance but they look and feel great.
A fresh coat of paint, whatever you choose will immediately transform practically any room. Introducing a few bold colours is easier than ever nowadays with the choice available. Go for sumptuous hues that look a little bit different, for example, a stunning peacock for the bedroom or a stylish pink for the hallway.
How the colours combine is going to be critical, of course. A colour psychology in your home can play a massive role in creating the perfect space. The good news is some amazing mobile apps help you visualise colour choices better.
Revamp the Lighting
Along with the walls and flooring, you can do a lot with some simple lighting changes. Replacing your standard bulb in the living room with a more decorative chandelier style arrangement has never been easier or cheaper. Lighting such as standing lamps can be used to accent areas and create focal points that help elevate any space.
Invest in a Few Luxury Furniture Items
One thing that spells out luxury is your choice of furniture. Just a few iconic pieces here and there can help completely transform any room.
Even if you are on a budget, there’s a lot that you can do. Sofas are the best place to start if you are redesigning your living room – it can make a real fashion statement if you are looking to entertain friends and family.
The great news is that buying a high-quality sofa means that it’s also built to last and there’s a great return on investment. You’ll want to make sure that it’s comfortable and the right size for your needs, of course. The last thing you want is to be fidgeting around because it’s too hard or too soft.
Our tip is to pick a style that suits your personality, whether you’re entertaining friends or snuggling up to watch the latest box set on TV.
Replace Cabinet Doors
If your kitchen is looking a little tired, undertaking a complete revamp might be the top of your things to do.
If you want to add some life to your kitchen cabinets, however, there’s a much simpler and cheaper solution. Most cabinets are standardised in their size and you can easily find new doors and drawers to fit.
Kitchen Cabinet Respraying or refacing is easy to do with just minimal DIY skills and it’s a lot cheaper than replacing entire cabinets and worktops. There’s also an amazing range of different choices out there nowadays.
Switch the Drapes
Finally, if you’re looking for a simple way to add a little opulence to the home, changing your drapes to more luxurious ones can also have an instant impact. Consider heavier curtains with a new railing if you want to get a more expensive look with little investment in time or money – what’s more it will cut down the noise from outside and keep you warmer during winter!