Many people have tried to make their homes look more expensive than they really are, with varying degrees of success. The usual problem is the budget. Luxury homes look luxurious because their owners have the resources to buy premium materials and fixtures. Most of us, however, operate on a limited budget, so we have to be creative when it comes to home design.
Whether you’re building a new home or are still looking for house and land packages, achieving that luxury look isn’t an impossible task. I’m going to share a few design secrets that can make your home look like it belongs in the pages of a design magazine. Best of all, these design tricks won’t break the bank.
1. Choosing the right paint color
Homeowners and designers alike agonize for hours when choosing paint colors for a room, and the situation is made all the more complicated if the decor and furniture pieces have been chosen. However, if you want to go for elegance and style, there are a few paint colors that will give you the look you desire.
Luxury homes fall into two distinct categories: quiet and understated or bold and striking. Choosing a color palette that falls under one of the two categories is a design hack that more homeowners should follow. Of course, it all depends on the type of home you want to build. Soft browns and golds are great for a classic look, while bright colors are more appropriate for modern designs. You can also paint your interior doors black or gray for that expensive look and feel.
2. Place pillows everywhere
Pillows aren’t just for the bedroom. One way to capture that comfortable and expensive feel is to sprinkle pillows all over your home. Cushions are a popular accessory that can make any room look more elegant. Also, they provide guests with some much-needed comfort and give your home a more lived-in feel.
Just make sure to choose pillows that are at least a size larger than your standard throw pillows. Your regular throw pillow is too small to be of any use, so choose something larger and plusher so people can use them any way they want.
3. Spruce up your windows
Bare spaces feel impersonal and unfinished, so designers go to great lengths to fill a room with all sorts of decorative touches and objects. One of the best ways to make a room instantly look better is to add window treatments such as blinds and curtains. They make a space look more elegant and give its users some much-needed privacy.
Of course, not all window treatments can give you the look you desire. Thin, see-through curtains will always look cheap, even if the materials are pricey. There are lots of stylish off-the-rack choices that won’t break the bank. Choose fabrics that are heavy and smooth. View the curtains from a distance. If it doesn’t feel luxurious, then look somewhere else. Complement your curtains with drapes for that added elegance.
These are just some design tricks you can use to make your home look more luxurious. You don’t need a big budget to give your home that visual punch. Simple solutions such as choosing the right color, adding lots of pillows, and selecting a good curtain go a long way in making your home look and feel more stylish and elegant.