Have you ever wished your home looked more like a boutique hotel or one of those fabulously chic pads on Instagram and Pinterest? If you long for that luxe feel, but you don’t have the time or the funds to carry out an extensive, expensive makeover, here are some simple ways to add that opulent edge.
Opt for decadent fabrics
Many of us use soft furnishings to create a cosy vibe in the winter and embrace the natural trend in the summer. Cushion covers, rugs, curtains, and throws can transform a room and enable you to channel different looks simply by replacing a few key accessories. If you’re going for an expensive, lavish look, investing in the right fabrics is a great way to channel this trend for less. Go for rich textures like velvet, faux fur, and satin, rather than wool and cotton, and opt for jewel tones in the cooler months and more subtle shades, such as rose and bronze for the lighter, brighter seasons. Satin bedding is perfect for elegant, classy boudoirs, while velvet curtains and cushion covers are ideal for sumptuous living rooms.
Make a statement
If you don’t want to redecorate entire rooms, buying a statement piece or creating an eye-catching feature, such as a patterned, papered wall, is an excellent idea. Bateau bathtubs look stylish in modern bathrooms, while a chaise longue is a brilliant addition to a romantic bedroom or lounge. Buying brand new furniture can be expensive, so look around for second-hand items or restored and upcycled pieces online and in antiques and salvage stores.
If there’s one thing that kills that luxe vibe, it’s clutter. Clutter makes rooms look small, and cramped and it can detract from beautiful furniture, soft furnishings, and decorative accessories. If you’ve got piles of stuff lying around everywhere, make it your mission to tidy up, and create lighter, larger-looking spaces.
An eye for detail
Creating a chic home isn’t just about choosing the right wall colours or furniture. It’s crucial to get the big things right, but don’t underestimate the importance of the details. You can make your home look more lavish in an instant by choosing the right accessories. Opt for materials like marble and shades like rose gold to add serious style to any room. You can pick up everything from vases, candle holders and plant pots to chopping boards, photo frames, and lamps without paying a fortune. If you see styles or items you like in magazines or online, but they’re out of your price range, use the Internet to track down similar products. You’ll often find that discount and high street stores channel popular designer trends at a fraction of the price.
Do you dream of having an Insta-worthy home? Well, now you can! You don’t have to splash a huge amount of cash to make your home look luxurious. Shop around for bargains, look at upcycled and restored furniture, and make use of soft furnishings and accessories to create a beautiful aesthetic on a budget.