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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Adding A Lot Of Luxury For Not A Lot Of Money





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Whether you are planning on living in your home for eternity and a day or you’re thinking about popping it on the market for any one of the million reasons out there, making your place feel a million bucks makes total sense. It’s that idea of achieving the expensive look, upping the elegance and, who knows, maybe increasing the value of your humble home too.




Of course, there is one, giant, throbbing problem to overcome first: it costs money to do this. It costs money to upgrade a house. It costs money to make improvements. It costs money to modernise and transform and just make a place look and feel better. At least, that’s what people have come to believe.






But this doesn’t have to be the case.






In fact, there are plenty of ways to make your home feel more fabulous without your bank account crumbling like the biscuit-base of your favourite dessert. And to prove this, we have pulled together a list of incredible ideas that will give you the look of luxury on a budget. Don’t worry, you don’t need to thank us, just share these tips with your friends instead.






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1. Don’t Overlook the Door

Whether it is potential buyers coming round, your dear old mum or just you getting back from work in the evening, the first part of your house anyone will see is your front door. That’s why you should let this set the tone of your home. Give a lovely lick of paint to the door, add some potted plants to the porch, put up some (fake) stately-looking pillars, hang a seasonal wreath and change the handles-slash-knobs so that they reflect the kind of elegance you’ve been picturing in your head.






2. Stairs Runner Magic

If you’ve ever considered getting your slippery staircase carpeted because, well, nothing is cosier than the feeling of soft carpet underfoot when you are heading to bed. The issue is, most of the time a carpeted staircase is going to set you back a couple of thousand and then some, which is enough to make anyone spray their coffee over the place. However, there is a simple solution: the DIY stair runner. All you need is a couple of off-the-shelf woven runners, a few stair fastening tidbits and, voila, you can start enjoying a staircase that absolutely sparkles. What’s more, you can choose any colour, pattern or design you like, meaning it will be perfectly personalised while saving a pretty penny.






3. Makeover Your Flooring

For some reason, a couple of decades ago, the world went through a weird stage in terms of interior design, which is probably why your spare bedroom has a questionable burgundy floor. Don’t get us wrong, some homes might make this work, but it’s not something that suits everyone’s taste or personality. However, refinishing a floor like this isn’t possible when you are on a tight budget. Instead, what you should do to keep your home looking elegant, sophisticated and modern is paint a pretty pattern on the floor. Something like a checked pattern in light grey and white. Not only will this brighten a room, it will add a little splash of personality too.






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4. Make Your Home Smarter

If you really want to give your home that modern overhaul, then the best thing you can do is make it smarter. Pop a couple of Alexa’s around the place, one upstairs and one down. Get yourself the best smart thermostat on the market so that you can make your home cosy by the time you get home. Pop a couple of cute little surveillance cameras around your home and try changing the locks on your door to smart ones. We live in a technological world, so having a few nods to that fact is an absolutely essential move to make if you’re hoping to modernise where you live. What’s more, with smart gadgets like the Echo Dot retailing for less than $50, you don’t have to spend a fortune to bring your place into the here and now.






5. Plants Work Perfectly

Nothing can add a breath of fresh air (quite literally) to a room more than plants. But this isn’t the only reason you should go out and buy plenty of easy to maintain houseplants. It’s also got a lot to with how they lift a space. They have this way of bringing in a mid-century vibe that feels full of life. And they are wallet-friendly too. Of course, not every plant is going to help you get the modern look you are pining for, or the one you think will sell your home fastest, which is why we would advise you to get something like a snake plant, or a succulent or even Tillandsia. Then it’s just a matter of displaying them as you see fit. Hang them, pop them in mason jars, line them up along the windows or leave them to do their thing on your coffee table. Whatever suits you.






6. The More Vases The Better

Ever since the word modern design sprung into people’s minds, vases have been celebrated, which is because they come in some many shapes, sizes, styles and materials. Of course, to get the contemporary look in a room, we recommend you grab a mix of sizes and a mix of vases made from glass, ceramic and metals. If you can get your hands on curvy or geometric ones too, well, all the better. That said, this is just our advice based on our preferences. But that’s the beauty of it. You can let your personality burst through the seams with vases. You can embrace shiny and glittery pieces, or textured ones, or those that are painted the brightest colours known to the human eye. So long as you create a collecting, you’ll have achieved your desired look.






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7. Lamps Have Lots Of Influence

If you’re looking for a super-simple way to transform the look, feel and ambience of a room, then you need to look at changing up your lamps. Of all the ways to add a bit of modern design to a room on a budget, there aren’t many better options than investing in some new lamps. What you want is something with a simple base, a minimalist stand, geometric shades, a glass globe or that industrial look using metals. Of course, not everyone can squeeze a new lamp into the budget. We get that. Luckily for you, refurbishing your current lamps can be just as - if not more - effective. Get some silver spray paint, or a mix of bright colours, and then swap out the shade and, there you have it, a mid-century looking lamp that will spruce your space up no end.






8. Freshen Up The Little Details

It’s always the little details in a home that gives away the most about a home. It’s like the secrets of a house are hidden in these moments. That’s why you should do your best to focus on these. We’re talking about adding new handles to your kitchen cupboards and drawers, adding a fresh bead of caulk around your bathroom edges to hide that brown tinge, replacing the faucets on all your taps, upgrading your small countertop appliances, pressure wash your deck and patio and give your kitchen cupboards a fresh lick of paint. All of these things fall into the category of subtle, but they will all have a huge impact on your space. That’s a guarantee.






And there we have it, simple ways to add a lot of luxury for not a lot of money.









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