It is usually expected to have a large budget if you want to decorate or furnish your home. However, you don’t have to spend extravagantly before making your space look beautiful and expensive. Here are some tips to nail that expensive look without breaking the bank.
- Declutter Your Space
There is really no way a cluttered space can look expensive no matter how much you spent buying the items in the room. Instead, it screams disorganized, disorderly and definitely, cheap. There is a reason less is said to be more. This is because you can nail a classy and stylish space with less than you can with more. So, the first tip we have for you is to clear your space. Remove any and everything you don’t need and that shouldn’t be there. And also make sure that your countertops, stands and other surfaces are clean and well-arranged.
- Fresh Coat of Paint
Sometimes, all your room needs is a fresh painting and you are good to go. Your home might be looking drab and cheap because the paint has lost its shine. So, maybe, look into repainting. And, in repainting, you can decide to retain the old color or experiment with new colors to give your place a new look. Also, if you can afford it, you can hire professionals to do the job. But if it’s too expensive, make it a fun activity to achieve yourself. You can also employ the help of friends and family to make it even more fun. In that case, you will only be spending money on the paint.
On the other hand, if you don’t really subscribe to the idea of fresh paint, you can look into getting wallpapers for your walls. Apart from the fact that wallpapers can give a dramatic effect, they also help to hide imperfections on the walls or other surfaces. What’s more, there are several colors, designs and themes to pick from and they are easier to install.
- Fill Small Spaces with Accent/Decorative Objects
If you have a large space, you may be caught in between filling it up or leaving most of it bare and sometimes drab. The trick really is to find a balance between staying outside of drab and still not cluttering your space. So, if you are dealing with a bare space, you can creatively place beautifully decorative pieces that match your overall design. Check out these lovely decorative pieces. You can also opt for accent objects such as statement tables or stools in between or alongside chairs to fill up overly bare spaces.
- Install New Lighting Fixtures
Lighting can go a long way in giving your home an elegant look; it can completely transform the way a space looks. If you have worn out lighting, you should consider getting new ones. And by new, we don’t mean brand-new, they can be second-hand and antiquated. Remember that the greatest tip you need to learn about decorating is that it is not how expensive but how creative. So, if you can only afford second-hand, no shame. Just make sure to place them in strategic areas to light up your space and serve as decorative pieces.
- Create your Unique Textures
One of the cheap ways to make your home look expensive is to decorate each room with a different texture. In essence, you can go with a vibrant texture in your living room and a subtle one in your bedroom(s) or vice versa. So, for instance, if you have quite a number of mismatched furniture and other decorative objects, you can have a theme for each room and categorize them based on those themes. This way, you won’t have to use mismatched items in a room, making the room look cheap. Instead, you’d be able to transform the look of each room and pull off an expensive look in the whole house.
- Quality Window Treatment
People often forget that the look of your window has a huge effect on how your house looks. You can achieve a lot just by paying attention to how your window appears. For instance, going with curtains made of silk and drapes gives your room an elegant look. And, placing them a couple of inches higher than the window pane helps make the ceiling look higher, giving your room a little more structure. Plus, investing in good, quality materials for your window covers doesn’t have to necessarily be expensive. The trick is in the quality of the materials, how they are matched and how they are hung/placed.
- Elevate your Furniture
Sometimes, the problem lies with the furniture in the home. While you may not have enough to get new furniture, you can still upgrade for cheap. There is the option to get second-hand furniture, especially from yard sales or to refurbish the old furniture. For example, you can get new fabrics or chair coverings for your furniture. And you can coordinate the color themes to blend in with your choice of paint or wallpaper. For worn and outdated furniture, a fresh coat of paint and a change of hardware may be all you need to give them a new look. And you can complete the new decor by moving your pieces of furniture around or changing their position. Remember, you just need to be creative with what you have.
To conclude, as we stated earlier, one of the cheap ways to make your home look expensive is to leverage what you already own. For instance, look into sprucing up your decorative pieces. Just by reshuffling them or switching them from one room to another, you can achieve your goal of a beautiful home. Again, the options to achieve an expensive look without going beyond your budget are limitless, you just need a lot of creativity. And we hope we’ve been able to nudge your creative side into action with this article.