Many people want their homes to be luxurious, but getting there can be a challenge. The good news is you do not need to spend a lot of money to improve the appearance of your house. There are a number of ways you can bring your living space to the next level without having to spend a lot of money.
Invest Where it Counts
Of course, many improvements will cost something, even if you try to stay on budget. The trick is to make sure you are spending your money where it counts. One way is by investing in art that grabs the viewer’s attention. It can help your space look luxurious and initiate conversation. Of course, the best work will have personal significance. Quality art can be expensive, though, so make sure you can afford it before choosing a piece. One way is by taking out a personal loan to cover part of the cost that comes with an APR that works best for you and your budget.
Add the Right Lighting
Lighting is an important part of any space, but many people overlook it when they are getting their spaces set up. You want to have enough light sources so you can add some depth to your room. Still, you don’t have to pay a lot of money to get the type of lighting your room needs.
You may want to look at thrift stores to find lamps that fit your décor. You may be able to use a pendant light instead of a table light, especially if you want to have more open space on that level. You can also use candles to make the lighting look softer.
Look for wall-mounted lights that you can place next to your furniture. This can be a getaway to update the area without having to rewire the whole wall. You can also add dimming switches, as these can make the room look more expensive. You can adjust the light according to the situation to make it seem cozier and warmer. And if you are looking to turn attention to a particular piece of artwork, there are great art lights, too, to make it stand out in any room.
The trick is to make sure you are spending your money where it counts. One way is by investing in art that grabs the viewer’s attention.
Use the Right Textiles
An easy way to make your room feel more dressed up is by using textiles, such as pillows and throw blankets. If you are handy with a needle or have a friend willing to help out, you can get pillows for a much lower price than you might otherwise. Wait until the local fabric store has a discount, such as 50 to 60 percent off. Then you can sew pieces of fabric together and stuff them to make your own pillows. If you find enough fabric at the store, you may be able to make a throw to go with your pillows. If you have a crafty friend, you might get them to knit or crochet you a throw in your preferred accent color.
A large throw draped across the back of the couch or folded neatly can make the room feel more expensive. Plus, it helps you stay warm if you are watching a movie or are feeling chilled.
Another textile to pay attention to is your curtains. Good window treatments can really make or break the space, so it is an excellent area to focus on. Just make sure you never get curtains that are too short, as they look cheap in the area. Measure your windows carefully. If you want to hang them high and wide, measure accordingly. This simply means the curtains will hang a little higher and wider than the window itself, making the window look bigger. You can make your own curtains from some lightweight fabric if you are handy with a sewing machine.
If you are in doubt as to the right furnishings, consider mixing things up. It’s a good idea to use a variety of metals, woods, glass, and textiles to make a unique look. While they should not match, they should look collected and go with each other. Perhaps you choose lacy curtains, a velvet pillow, and a wool sofa. This helps Victor both see and feel the luxury of the room.
Even if you are on a budget, you can still get fake fur and other textures.
Consider adding rugs to the room too, but make sure you do it right. Adding too many small rugs can make the space feel smaller. You may add a larger, less expensive rug to the area and just replace it when it starts to look worn.
This is perfect if you have pets and kids in the home. Just because it looks luxurious does not mean you can’t get it to last too. You may go with a jute option, as you can find them at many discount places. Consider adding metallic accents around the room. Whether it’s a metallic clock, table, or other decorative items, metallic items can reflect the light beautifully.
Good window treatments can really make or break the space, so it is an excellent area to focus on. Just make sure you never get curtains that are too short, as they look cheap in the area.
Adding Moldings and Trims
An easy way to make your home look more expensive is by improving the interior, especially since this is most likely where you spend much of your time. You don’t need to take out walls to make this trick work, however. If your moldings and baseboards are narrow, consider replacing them with thicker options, as this can help the whole space look more elegant. You may find it does not cost that much to apply certain moldings to the walls to add character and charm. If you don’t like the idea of trying to do this yourself, consider working with a professional.
If you are painting trim and walls, consider going with the same color for both. Adding new paint can brighten up your space, even if you didn’t feel the old paint looked that bad. By avoiding contrasting trim, you can make the area easier on the eyes and simplify the background of the room. This puts more focus on your accessories and decorative accents. Plus, you can use deeper colors, as they will look softer.
On the other hand, you could try painting the trim and doors a more dramatic color, like black. This may help the area feel more interesting and allow the decorative details to really pop.