When we consider a luxury home, what usually comes to mind is something extremely comfy and elegant, which most of the time also involves a lot of expense. Most of us want that essence of opulence in our lives, but our budgets mean that it is often not to be. However, this kind of enviable grandiosity doesn’t necessarily need a millionaire’s salary. With a few smart tricks coupled with your own creativity, time and dedication, you can make your home look luxurious on a budget. Home décor can be pricey, and not all of us can hire an interior designer. So today, Bayut explores some ways that you can have comfort, elegance and opulence to make your home look expensive without draining your wallet.
Decluttering and Organisation
Legendary British Victorian artist, designer and writer William Morris once said: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” In other words, ditch the clutter. Cleanliness and tidiness is a major factor in elegance and a way to give your home a sense of class. Nobody finds a cluttered house attractive, nor does it give you a sense of homeliness, it only creates an unpleasant sense of chaos. After the decluttering, organisation is just as important. Allot spaces for all items, especially for those things you need to access frequently, so that they can be returned to their rightful place after use, rather than starting that dreaded cycle of clutter all over again.
Creating a sense of light and space
Once your home contains only the things you want and need, and nothing seems to be lying around without a place to be put away, then it’s time to start the styling to make your home look expensive. Nothing looks and feels more pleasant and appealing than having the right amount of light and space. In a way, light and space are also an illusion. There are various ways of accentuating that sense of light and space through the way you design your interiors.
Choose the right colours of paint for the walls.
Choosing the right colours for your walls, according to the amount of natural light a room receives, is of primary importance. White is most often the best colour choice to make your home look expensive. When you want to add a bit of variety, adding dark contrasts with the white is a chic way to go.
Using various kinds of decorative mirrors that can add to your décor is a great way to make your home look richer for less. A bonus of hanging mirrors is that it also gives a sense of space.
Make ceilings look higher
Most luxury homes come with high ceilings. But even if you don’t have high ceilings, there are tricks to make it look like it. An example is to hang curtains from the very top of the wall, that is from the ceiling to the floor rather than cropped up just for the windows. You can also add some vertically lined decorations on the walls to give that lengthy feeling.
Get creative and decorate
Now it’s time to get creative and draw out your inspirations, as we hone in on the details of making your home look expensive. Interior designing can be fun when you know what you want and start exploring the various options to find the perfect balance for your taste. If you need a kick start on some ideas, check out these top 5 iconic interior design styles everyone should know about.
Be neutral with the style
When it comes to creating a lasting design, being neutral is probably your best bet. Sticking rigidly to a strict theme will just create limitations when you want to add or change something for the better later on. Being neutral about colours and styles makes your home look more luxurious.
Make your home look lived in by Adding SOme Textures and Colours
Home is the place where you need to be able to be yourself. In the same way that your fashion and style give an impression of your identity, your home is a reflection of yourself. Usually, when we think about how to make your home look expensive, we immediately imagine fancy chairs, antique showpieces and beautiful paintings. Why not achieve the same idea by showcasing some personal items?
Frame some old photos, showcase trophies or mementos and have bookshelves filled with not just books, but other show items as well. Hanging a large clock with a style that suits the rest of your space is another great way to give that elegant feel and make your home look expensive. Pillows and cushions are another sign of comfort, and the right ones give off a perfect sense of luxury.
Have some green indoors
Having plants in your home does not just make it look that much fancier, but they also give that feel. Although having real living plants makes all the difference, if it’s not possible, a fake one should be fine rather than none. You can also place fresh flowers in pretty vases. Although the flowers won’t last long, switching up fresh flora like that can provide a vibrant feeling and add on to make your home look expensive.
Play with lights
One significant way to make your home look expensive is with exquisite light. Whether you use simple chandeliers, shaded lamps or hang decorative LED lights on the walls, you can’t go wrong with lights. Another form of lighting that can make your home look luxurious is candles. Having various types of candles on coffee tables, bookshelves and even walls or hanging from ceilings gives a rich impression.
After talking about filling up spaces and adding so many details, this might seem like a contradictory advice. But, if you are someone who by any chance either dislikes or cannot find your way around those ideas or if you just like it all in minimalism, then go for it. Go minimal. There is an unparalleled elegance in simplicity.
A typical minimalist look could be with light shades of colour and a much narrower colour palette, a modern look with minimal items on display, and of course, a lot of white, light and space.
We hope you found this article helpful. If you are interested in seeing some more interior design ideas, check out our article on the interior design trends for 2018, or these ones from our favourite TV shows. And of course, subscribe and stay tuned to MyBayut for more tips and insights for having your dream home.