Ask Away...: High-End Decor On A Low-End Budget

Monday, July 3, 2017

High-End Decor On A Low-End Budget

For many people, interior design is a struggle towards more luxury. We all want a taste of a high-end lifestyle, and when we’re constantly looking at palaces in design mags, it can make our spaces feel a little drab and second-rate. Obviously, having a big budget helps a lot when you’re going for a luxurious home. However, there are many ways to achieve a more high-end look in your home without breaking the bank. Here, we’ll go over some of the most effective and economical ways you can make your home look and feel more luxurious. Spend wisely and position the things you buy wisely, and soon enough, you’ll achieve a home you can really be proud of.
Refresh the Light Fixtures
Eyesores can be easy to overlook when you’re planning an interior design overhaul. Naturally, you don’t pay a lot of attention to them compared to the larger items, but they’re still there on the edge of your vision, and have a big impact on the overall ambiance of a room. If you have any dated, dull, or garishly detailed light fixtures in your home, remove them and replace them with more contemporary, understated ones. This one simple change can instantly update the mien of any given space, especially the dining area. If you’ve never changed your light fixtures before, Apartment Therapy has a helpful guide on it.
Use Neutrals for a Classic Look

Have a quick browse through your favorite interior design blog, and you’ll notice a lot of high-end homes are bursting with neutrals. Neutrals are a classic motif for a reason: they’re calm, uncluttered, and complementary to a wide range of other design features. If you want to bring more high-end style into your home, without replacing any of the really expensive stuff, such as floors, fixtures, upholstery and so on, then neutrals could be your best friend. When you have a lot of large surfaces in neutral colors, they’ll create an excellent backdrop, which you can then use to frame bolder colors and textures in the accessories. The surrounding neutral colors will allow these splashes of interest to take center stage, while stopping the space from becoming too oversaturated with different goings-on.
Don’t Forget the Garden
The garden is one of the easiest places to add a potent sense of luxury, and can be a very smart move if there’s an area of your house that looks out onto the back yard. One increasingly popular convention is growing living walls on your fences. This modern touch will allow you to add more greenery to your garden, while still maximizing the space you have, and allowing you some flexibility to divide the garden into different zones. If your garden feels a little squeezed for space, you may want to mount a large mirror on a linear-style fence, bringing light into the darker areas and creating an illusion of more space. You can also shop around for garden accessories and amenities that will add a feeling of luxury, without straining your budget too much. Portable Tubs HQ reviewed the SaluSpa Lay Z Spa Miami inflatable hot tub which is an affordable and practical alternative to a permanent tub. There are countless little comforts like this on the market, and the real bargains are there if you shop around enough!
Use Tile for a Transformation

Here’s another criminally underrated interior design tool. Good tiling is timeless, beautiful, and best of all, it will give you excellent value for money. Subway tile, especially, is a highly affordable option for the bathroom and the kitchen, allowing you to keep a cap on your costs while still achieving a truly stunning look. If you’ve got a little more cash to spare, you can add even more interest to a tiled wall by adding a second tile design in a distinct color. White is an excellent backdrop for pretty much any color.
Change Some Interior Doors
The doors in your home don’t have to be boring and solid. If you’re able to splurge in just one area of your interior makeover, make sure it’s the doors. Attractive and space-efficient pocket doors can be well worth the money, and will create a potent sense of luxury in your home for years to come. These doors will not only elevate the style in your home, but can also be an excellent way of dividing different spaces when you’re working with an open floor plan. While this isn’t the most easily affordable modification in the world, it’s certainly cheaper than many other things people think of when they hear “luxury interior”. Popular Mechanics has a great tutorial on installing pocket doors.
Create a Built-In Illusion
One of the most beautiful elements of classic, high-end houses is the towering, labyrinthine bookshelves of an old library. If you love the look of these, but you’re unable or unwilling to invest in custom designs, you can use tall bookcases to create the prestigious appearance and feeling of floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases. This is especially effective if you’ve got tall ceilings in your living room. Stack two bookcases on top of each other, secure them to the wall using anchors, and you’ll be amazed at how effective this one design element can be.
Give your Walls Some Dimension with Molding

If you feel the walls in your home are a little dull, you can give them a paneled look with a few narrow strips of crown molding. Professional decorators call this kind of treatment “picture-framing”, and is one of the simplest ways to draw people’s gaze towards certain areas of a space. Even when you don’t have any particular focal point that you want to accentuate, good molding can still create a potent sense of luxury for a reasonable price. As long as you make sure the spacing is even, and the edges are nicely aligned, it will create a symmetrical, and visually pleasing look.
Get the Ceiling to Stand Out
Adding interesting, architectural details is one of the most effective ways to make any home look more expensive. Many people think that toying with these is inherently expensive, and for the most part, they’re right! However, when you focus on the ceiling rather than the walls and floors, there’s a great way to make the most of your architecture, without spending a fortune. You can turn the ceiling of any space into a focal point by simply embellishing the area around a light fixture’s anchor with a light ceiling medallion. These are available in countless styles and sizes, and can be painted easily in your choice of color.
Tie Finishes Together in the Bathroom and Kitchen
You can give both the kitchen and the bathroom a wonderful, refreshed look by tying the hardware finishes together. If you’ve had other work done on your bathroom and kitchen in the past, there’s a fair chance that you’ve wound up with accessories and hardware that clashes with other decorative elements. Replacing these with new, well-matched pieces is an easily affordable update, that will make any bathroom or kitchen look more polished and luxurious. One method that’s highly effective in some spaces is contrasting modern, minimalist hardware with more classic elements, or vice versa. For example, if the mirror in a bathroom has an archaic shape or framing, you can offset this with some simple, contemporary faucets on the sink.
Contrast the Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so obviously it can get pretty irritating when you know it’s stuck in a rut. If you’re planning to do some work on the kitchen as part of your interior design overhaul, then there’s one sure-fire trick you should make a point to use: tonal contrasts. Dark, espresso-coloured woods or stains, when set against clean white surfaces, will instantly give your kitchen a powerful, sophisticated upgrade, without too much of a price tag. A distinct difference between the cabinets and the rest of the kitchen will give you the traditional air of prestige that many luxurious homes have, but replacing some of the tiling and hardware will make it look more modern and understated.
Make a Focal Point of your Entryway
The front porch of your home is the first thing many guests are going to see, so it follows that this should get a lot of attention when you’re working towards a more luxurious looking home. You may not have the money spare for a full exterior overhaul, but once again, you don’t need it! Paint your front door in a bold, dark color to make it pop, and then flank it with some planters containing attractive plants. Going back to our previous points, it may be a good idea to contrast the design of the planters with other, more permanent elements of the front of your home. If you’ve got a modern door, for example, then go for stone planters with extravagant, archaic designs. If you’ve got a fairly long walkway, you can finish off a look of symmetry by adding rows of plants either side of it.

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