It goes without saying that everyone wants their home to look nice. Flipping through high-end interior design magazines and scrolling endless Pinterest boards sure makes you wish all of those luxurious pieces and sleek designs in your own home, but your budget usually puts an end to those kinds of dreams. There are, however, certain tricks you can pull off when decorating your home to make it look luxurious even without the help of interior designer experts.
Ditch the trends
Decorating your home in sync with current trends is nice, but that might be the never-ending circle you don’t want to fall into. Be guided by your knowledge and experience when choosing your furniture and paint colors– and don’t just settle for the “color of the year”. Go neutral instead and it’ll be a lot easier to make changes later. It’s like letting the room grow with you and it’s completely normal to want to change something from time to time. If you want to keep up with trends, do it with details – cushions, covers or flower vases in that bold green shade the Pantone’s team named a color of the year will be enough to refresh your living room or bedroom.
Make it natural
Natural materials, such as stone and fine wood, bring a dash of everlasting elegance as well as strength and durability to every room. They’re especially important for flooring; so, it’s no surprise that hardwood flooring is an often choice. Wide planks, red oak, and ebonized hardwood are just some of the popular options right now; so, the choice is all yours. As for the stone, marble floors look very luxurious, but they can be somewhat expensive. One of the most affordable ways to add a natural element to your floor is to go for a rug made of natural fibers – think sisal, jute, or wool rugs to make your home look lovely.
Spare no expense on focal pieces
One of the most important things to learn in interior design is where to splurge and where to save up and still make a house feel luxurious. Of course, purchasing a good focal piece, such as a sofa or dining table, is a big investment and sometimes it’s hard to make a decision because you can’t really picture it in your head. Sure, that designer sofa looks good in a magazine, but your living room looks nothing like that. Luckily, there are ways for you to get a visual of how your desired piece will look in a furnished room. You can shop the whole look or just one piece – the choice is completely up to you.
The most common associations to luxurious interior design are fine lines and clarity; so, it’s clear that clutter has no place in an opulent home. It’s no wonder that Scandinavian minimalism looks so expensive yet elegant. That’s because the rooms are not burdened with unnecessary elements – all items have to be either functional or aesthetically pleasing, but preferably both. If you’re unsure of what you should get rid of, try to take everything out of a room and then bring back piece by piece. You’ll get the idea soon enough and understand the power of the “less is more” philosophy. It’s amazing how luxurious a room can look with just a few pieces of furniture when it’s free of all of the knick-knacks lying around.
In conclusion, remember – luxury can be achieved regardless of your preferred interior design style. Experts claim any style can look magnificent as long as it is done with quality details and thoughtful choices. Go make yours!
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”