Your dream of living in a professionally decorated mansion can come true if you follow these ingenious tips that will help you transform your space from ‘meh’ to ‘whoa’ – without costing an arm and a leg.
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This is by far the least expensive and easiest way to make your home look posh. Cleaning your home means setting a (weekly) schedule and sticking to it. Focus on keeping your home clutter-free and vacuum and dust every three days to make your space seem spotless.
Sure, it often requires a large investment but it is an element that can completely spruce up space. Choosing a piece of furniture requires careful analysis and therefore, should be done with utmost care.
People often make the mistake of buying cheap furniture to save money whereas the truth is, if you buy quality furniture, it will last for at least ten years (maybe longer). Whereas cheap furniture won’t last for more than a year or two.
We recommend buying second-hand furniture that can be reupholstered. This enables you to show off a piece of high-end, durable furniture at a fraction of its original cost!
Gold is known to add charm to space but overdoing it can make your space look tacky. For instance, brass lighting, gold baubles, and gilded frames if all combined together could spell disaster.
Using gold in moderation will help you maintain a luxurious look. We recommend using brushed nickel, chrome, and silver which are pleasing to the viewers.
Wall-to-wall carpet might look appealing but they certainly don’t look lavish. Opt for hardwood to get a classic visual appeal. It might seem costly initially, however, good quality hardwood can last for up to fifteen years. With that said, it is quite obvious that it will be a worthy investment.
Choose a hardwood according to the overall theme of your space. You can even throw in a contrasting rug to add richness by tieing all the design elements together.
Opting for lights that align with your style, character, and personality is the key to making your space stand out. Sell your old lamps and bulbs in your next yard sale and switch to chandeliers and floor lamps.
We recommend investing in a chandelier and floor lamps as they make the whole space look graceful and serene.
You don’t necessarily have to purchase them from a high-end designer store; you can just score them at a second-hand store or the local flea market.
6. Hardware Finishes
Generally, builders purchase hardware finishes in bulk so that it is cost effective but they are not always the best choice for your home. Hardware finishes are not really expensive which means you can customize your home in exchange for a small sum of money. From drawer pulls to faucets, you can get everything at the local market.
7. Window Treatments
Flimsy curtains are telltale signs of poorly designed homes. Invest in delicate fabrics that are easy to maintain. It is probably a good idea to consult an expert before making the purchase. We recommend hanging curtains close to the ceiling as it creates an illusion of fullness and not just above the window as they make the windows look sparse.
Spruce up your oversized chair, loveseat or sofa with throw pillows or cushions. Refrain from buying small store-bought cushions/pillows as they look cheap and unoriginal. Apart from that, they are not big enough to be impactful or serve any real benefit.
We recommend purchasing 22-inch pillows instead of 12-18 inch pillows as they are perceived as more ‘luxurious’ than the regular-sized ones.
Painting any space requires careful planning and execution for obvious reasons – it requires a significant amount of money and cannot be done every few months. However, if you really want to save money, we recommend using your creativity.
For instance, you can add a small texture/wallpaper on one portion of the wall instead of redoing the complete wall. It will add a touch of sophistication and save you the trouble of painting and all the associated expenses.
10. Crown Moulding
Crown moulding can instantly add value to any space. Intricate detailing on the ceiling and walls look elegant as they seamlessly tie all the other elements together. We recommend opting for a wider trim as it has more impact. In fact, when it comes to crown moulding, just remember ‘the wider, the better!’
As you can see, you don’t really need to spend big bucks to have a home that looks luxurious – just the right amount of intelligence and creativity. As previously mentioned, personalization is the key to having spaces that truly stand out.
The more you personalize, the better your space will look. This is precisely the reason why every professionally designed house caters to all your needs and looks exactly like how you’d want it to look. You can always use interior decorating apps that help you make sensible decisions minus the fee of expensive interior designers.
All we’re saying is…
Be your own interior designer and save your money for something even better – like your dream vacation or starting your own business.
Please let us know if you have any more tips that can help create a professionally designed home on a dime store budget.
Shristi Patni is the Chief Content Officer at Raletta Technology and content creator at Cute Insides (Home and Decor blog). She enjoys writing about food, fitness, finance and everything in between.