When it comes to our homes everyone wants to make theirs reflect their own unique style and taste. Most of us want our homes to look as if they have been decorated by a professional, but the majority of us do not have the funds to afford this. The good news is that there is a way to make your home look elegant, without breaking the budget. Here are ten tips for creating an elegant home.
One of the hardest decisions to make is the colour to paint a space. Choosing a crisp white paint or a neutral hue will add a touch of sophistication to any space. Neutral walls allow you to rotate accent colours based on the season if so desired. Another simple trick for adding elegance to the home is to paint the interior doors black. Use black accessories to make sure that the doors go with the rest of the décor.
2. Crown Moulding
Crown moulding really provides a detailed look to any home. Rooms that do not have crown moulding tend to look average. Crown moulding is a relatively inexpensive way to add sophistication to every room in the home. When choosing your trim a wider trim will provide more impact.
3. Window Treatments
There are an endless number of window treatments available. The best option is to spend a moderate amount on the highest quality treatment that fits within your budget. Avoid unlined and flimsy curtains as they are two major signs of lower quality. The price may be right, but if you want your room to look elegant they are not the way to go. Try shopping at a specialty fabric store for curtains, as the experts there will be able to help you create window treatments that will look expensive for a lower price.
Most homes that are built will come with standard hardware as contractors tend to buy in bulk. Changing the drawer pulls throughout the home, as well as the cabinet handles, is a cheap and easy way to add elegance to the home. You may want to change out the faucets of the home as well.
The lighting of a home can create a whole new ambience. Choose ceiling fans and chandeliers that are unique and provide the home with a designer look. You can find some great items at thrift stores and flea markets at a low price. A bargain chandelier can change the entire feeling of a room and does not have to cost an arm and a leg.
6. Fresh Flowers
One of the simplest ways to make your home look elegant is to always have fresh flowers around. There is just something about fresh flowers that screams sophistication. Pick some up at the market each week and keep them in a vase on the table or in any other room that needs a touch of elegance.
7. Wall Art
It is possible to make some great looking wall art out of everyday items. You can pick up frames for next to nothing and then use some fabric or book covers to frame and use as classic wall art for any room. Frame some children’s book covers for a great look in a kid’s room.
Furniture is one of the biggest expenses for any room and it is not always something that people have the money to invest in. However, purchasing cheap furniture can end up costing you more in the long run. Try shopping at estate sales, consignment shops and second hand stores for pieces that can easily be reupholstered.
9. Other Accessories
Consider using chrome, silver and brushed nickel for a polished and sophisticated look throughout the home. Consider these metals for lamps, frames and other accessories throughout the home.
Hardwood floors are extremely sophisticated and should be considered for the home. The best way to accentuate a hardwood floor is to introducea rug. There are many different styles and colours of rugs available and they can be used to add a touch of elegance and personality to any room.
Follow these tips and you will be the envy of the neighbourhood as your house will look elegant and as if you hired a professional decorator.
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