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.
1 | Display Fresh Flowers
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
2 | Use a Variety of Textures
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
3 | Hang Curtains High
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
4 | Edit Your Collections
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
5 | Paint
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
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Photographs: Justin Coit, Justin Coit, Karen Millet, Andrew Arthur, Andrew Arthur.
By: Liz Lynch