Having a high-end feel to a home can be tricky, especially if you have a tight budget. Fortunately, there are ways – even on a budget – that you can get the high-end look of your dreams.
Below are YK DAILY'S top tips on how to make your home luxurious...
1.Accessories & Mirrors
Adding metallic accessories, statement mirror, chair or accent table can make a room look stylish, yet remain functional. Gold is associated with wealth and riches, and can instantly create an elegant feeling, as long as there is not too much gold in one space, so why not try a gold drinks tray, picture frame, coffee table decor or one of the new, modern gold-legged chairs, beds or tables that are appearing in designer showrooms.
House plants not only improve the living environment, but are great colourful accessories and create a sense of the outdoors inside.
Hanging decorative mirrors is an easy and inexpensive way to instantly change the look of any room. They can reflect light and increase visual square footage. Use a series of mirrors to create a statement mirror wall. Depending on where you purchase the mirrors, you can replicate high-end designs, and consider going straight to a mirror manufacture who can create made to measure frameless mirror walls in different styles, like bevelled edge, blackened or even antique mirror.
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2. Fabrics & Texture
Achieve that luxury hotel look by using a variety of textures and finishes – luxurious fabrics that feel great against your skin and make your bedroom a comfy but stylish haven. Add thick pile towels in your bathroom and en-suites as well as luxurious fabrics to floor-to-ceiling curtains, rugs and soft furnishings like cushions and blankets.
If you are super fancy, why not consider creating a DIY feature wall cladding using MDF and a little man power.
3. Artwork & Wallpaper
A fresh coat of paint is a budget-friendly way to update any room in your home. Go-to shades are neutral tones such as taupe and "greige" (beige/grey.). A deeper shade can be used to create an easy accent wall for a dramatic statement that instantly adds depth, maybe a dramatic green or duck egg blue.
You can also consider painting the ceiling as the fifth wall of a room, sounds odd, but a dark grey toilet ceiling is a super cute and unique idea. You can also try using wallpaper instead. This will bring a dramatic change to the room, hiding imperfections, adding great colour, and allowing you to select a budget with the endless types and ranges there are to choose from nowadays.
Create your own personal ‘wall of fame’ at home by placing your favourite family photographs into a mix of metallic and dark wooden frames and place them on a statement coloured wall. This look is sophisticated and a great talking point – particularly when paired with a feature sideboard.
Thoughtful use of colour can create a feeling of luxury and adding furniture and accessories to a room in a neutral palette will give the room a sophisticated look. Why not re-invent your old kitchen cabinets or furniture, this is an in-expensive and simple way to elevate your interior design, you may even choose to jazz up door handles and knobs, automatically modernising older looking furniture or doors.
Nothing says luxury more than the right lighting in a room. Consider investing in a statement pendant over your dining table to create a real focal point, and add a dimmer switch to control the mood.
Lighting up the best features of your room using beautiful lamps and well-placed candles are perfect for illuminating a room’s luxurious side.
If you're looking for an extra affordable upgrade, consider replacing your simple drum or cylinder lamp with a new shade.