In an ideal world, we would all have a world-class designer at our disposal to make our spaces exude comfort, luxury, and sophistication. Sadly, reality can bite and our wallets run dry. Luckily, there are ways to get a custom, upscale look without breaking your budget. Read on for 10 tips to consider when completely redecorating or when you’re just looking for a quick update.
|You don’t need a wallet busting mega-arrangement to add luxury to your space. A simple (read: cheap) bouquet from the grocery store can be all you need to add sophistication. Separate the bouquet by stem type and create several small arrangements to spread around your home.
Matte Mint Double Gourd Vase, $20, Furbish Studio
|A sofa, throw pillows, chair, and drapes that are all in the same fabric and texture will almost certainly make your space fall flat. Swap out bland throw pillows for a variety of textures and sizes to easily add dimension.
Linen Cushion Cover, $18, H&M Home
|Many luxurious and expensive homes have high ceilings and are luckily flooded with natural light. Fool the eye and get the look by hanging your drapery and hardware as high and close to the ceiling as possible – never directly above the window frame. This will draw the eye up and give the appearance of a loftier space.
Umbra Ceiling Mount Curtain Rod and Hardware Set, $15, AllModern
|Clutter and mess are decidedly un-chic. It’s one thing to have a generously styled bookshelf or mantlepiece, but too much stuff can look cheap and tacky. Pair down your accessories and edit your collected possessions to just those few favorites for a more expensive look.
Indigo Ceramic Flowers, $12, Jayson Home
|Nothing gives off a personalized and custom vibe more than perfectly hued walls. Roll up your sleeves and get your paint rollers out of storage to get the look for less.
“Manchester Tan” #HC-81, From $37, Benjamin Moore
|Most professionally decorated spaces emphasize the art of surface styling. Once you’ve edited down your decorative accessories to your favorites, make sure to purposefully arrange them in an eye-pleasing manner. Check out our Collections Board on Pinterest for styling ideas.
Old World Ceramic Female Bust, $63, Hayneedle
|Ground furniture arrangements and add warmth, texture, and color with area rugs. The larger the rug, and more of your furniture arrangement you are able to comfortable include on it, the more custom and luxurious it will look. Even if you have a rental apartment with carpeting, adding a rug on top will help define different spaces and add that certain something.
Teal Ivory Moroccan Shag Rug, $300, World Market
|Get a personalized look by switching out the standard stock shade that came with your lamp for a different option. This will help add dimension and make a big-box store lamp appear unique and special.
Black Rectangular Hardback Lampshade, $50, Lamps Plus
|Although we recommend avoiding sets when it comes to furniture, nothing looks more deliberate, neat, and chic than a set of matching containers on a vanity or kitchen counter. Using liquid soap in a dispenser and transferring cotton swabs from a box into a coordinating container elevates the entire look.
Alabaster Bathroom Set, From $17, Zara Home
|Many major retailers offer semi-custom window treatments in a variety of fabric and trim combinations using your window’s specific measurements. Check out Smith and Noble, Restoration Hardware, The Shade Store, and JC Penney for a variety of different options at varying price points.
Burlap Flat Roman Shade, From $219, Restoration Hardware
What are your tips for making your space exude luxury? Let us know in the comments!
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