Judging from the number of home makeover programs on the television, as well as articles and videos on the Internet, homeowners are wild about decorating their homes, especially if they can achieve the look they want on a budget.
It’s a fact that small changes can have a big impact, even if it’s switching some furniture around or displaying artwork in a different way. According to freshome, “interior designers have shared a few secrets over the years that have given homeowners some insight on how they can make their home look elegant without breaking the bank. From adding pillows and a fresh coat of paint to window treatments and hardwood floors, these are simple solutions you need to know about.” (https://freshome.com/inspiration/10-ways-to-make-your-home-look-elegant-on-a-budget/)
According to RE/MAX Metro realtor Estelia Mesimer, to achieve a high-end look to your home you have to think like a decorator. Click on websites such as Pinterest, HGTV, the spruce, freshome, etc. to find inspiring ideas and try replicating them.
You don’t need to spend lots of money to get a new look…. think vintage pottery, candles, trays, mirrors and strategic placement. Most importantly, shed your clutter!
Five inexpensive ways to tastefully achieve your home’s dream look
1. Window Treatments
Window treatments are a budget-friendly ways to add elegance and privacy to your home. When selecting window treatments you want to make smart choices. Stick with materials such as natural silk, linen and cotton (polyester or man-made fabrics usually look cheap). If draperies are not for you, then try woven bamboo shades or wood blinds.
2. Crown Molding
When it comes to decorating your home to look high-end and custom-made, details are key. Crown molding has a way of making a room look complete or finished; it brings the ceiling and the walls together, giving them an elegant appearance. Without this finishing touch, rooms tend to look cheap or unfinished.
Paint color is one of the most difficult decisions to make when decorating a room.
Choose one of these two color options to transform your living space – bold and dramatic or soft and understated. It’s a personal choice, but either way you will freshen the look of your home without spending a fortune.
Pillows throughout your home serve two purposes: First, if they are chosen correctly, they can really boost the elegance factor; and second, they provide your guests with a little extra comfort on the couch, and offer a cozy, layered feeling to your rooms. Experts say to avoid the standard 12” to 18” for a throw pillow, instead choose something larger, such as a 22”pillow as large, overstuffed pillows create a plusher look.
A great way to get a high-end look without paying high-end prices is to shop at flea markets and second-hand stores where you’ll be sure to find unique pieces at a budget-friendly price. Also, be sure to have several different light sources, including table lamps and floor lamps throughout your home to increase the elegant feeling.
Bottom Line: There are many ways to make your home look more high-end on a budget – shopping wisely at consignment and secondhand stores is one of the best ways. Be creative and enjoy the process!
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The Beautiful Home: Decorating Ideas on a Budget for Your Dream Home, by Michelle Stewart
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