Decorating a living room can cost homeowners as much as $15,630 and a dining room could set them back $9,629, according to a poll by Realtor Magazine. While spending over $15,000 on a single room is well within reach for some homeowners, for others, that figure could be their annual mortgage.
In reality, you can transform your home with low-cost, high-class decor and still look like you spent a bundle. From choosing the right color palette to bringing nature into your home, you can look like you live in luxury. Here are a five ideas to get you started on your design journey.
Bring Nature Indoors
Nothing quite says luxury like lush, red roses sitting in a brightly colored or clear crystal vase. Place a colorful floral arrangement in your foyer, and add another arrangement on a side table in your sitting area. For an added touch, leave a stemmed rose next to the guest bed when company arrives.
Take it a step further and make your own natural arrangement with wild flowers, twigs and branches. Transform them into a wreath for your door or add them to a small bud vase for a touch of color around your home. A dish of white sea shells or pebbles from your local pond can complete your look.
You don’t need to go out and buy new furniture and rugs to add color and dimension to your home. Instead, invest in vinyl wallpaper, throw pillows and paint. Add vibrant wallpaper to an accent wall in your living room or kitchen for a pop of color. A bucket of paint can create a similar effect on walls, trim and even dated cabinets.
If you’re not feeling colorful walls, pick up some oversized, dazzling throw pillows in indigo blue or red to add to a boring, white room for a designer’s touch.
Mind the Details
Adding some fine detailing can transform your home into high-class luxury. Create nail trim around upholstered chairs and add a stainless steel vase or mocha rug to a white dining room. Hang a faux crystal chandelier above the table to mimic a world-class dining experience. Pick-up a set of linen napkins and roll in a bar cart with crystal decanters and bottles for a crisp, clean dining room that looks like a million bucks.
Let in Light
Natural lighting gives the illusion that your home is drenched in luxury. Situate candles and inexpensive oil lamps next to reading tables. Drape your windows in sheer, white curtains or add a heavier blackout roller shade that can be pulled down in bedrooms as needed.
Got a dark room in the house? Hang a few crystals in the windows that get the least amount of sunlight, or add glass vases filled with clear marbles and a few fresh flowers to catch the light.
Look for mirrors and picture frames with scrolling embellishments that transform your decorations into high-class decor. Use a spray that creates a shiny, matte or metallic effect. For a shabby chic effect, spray with one coat and let the old paint peek through.
Next, arrange your mirrors and frames in a gallery style motif. Instead of one big mirror in your bathroom, use five or six smaller ones to create a pattern around the biggest. For your newly painted photo frames, hang them in your home’s foyer or sitting area and display the people and things you love most.
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