The contemporary, minimalist style of the mid-2010s has had its time to shine. We’ve learned to declutter and to embrace natural light, and now people are looking to inject their homes with personality. For inspiration, they’re looking to luxury and boutique hotels, spas and villas. Here’s how to pluck the best of luxury style and add it to your home without spending big bucks on a high budget renovation.
How To Create A Luxurious Home With An Affordable Budget
Go Au Naturel
Incorporating natural materials in the home is an easy way to add something that looks classy yet timeless, while also being a little bit friendlier to the environment. However, using natural elements exclusively can be pricey, so it’s a good idea to use them as a feature, instead of an overall look. For example, bamboo flooring or a butcher block work surface in the kitchen. The natural look of shiplap is still huge, and can be incorporated into any design.
Touch Up The Accoutrements
If you draw inspo from boutique hotels, then you know they are all about large windows and dramatic window treatments. Shop online for affordable window treatments and stylish curtain rods that can make a luxurious difference in your home. Adding details with area fluffy area rugs, soft throw blankets and attractive throw pillows to living rooms and bedrooms is always a warm and welcoming touch as well.
Create An Attractive Display
Create a stylish vignette to establish a theme and evoke a mood using wall shelves or bookcases. The right selection of items, whether they are personal or decorative, can make the other details of the room all the more impactful. Use a few items of varying heights and widths, of different textures and colors, and always group in odd numbers.
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Add A Sexy Piece Of Furniture
There's something sinfully enticing about a chaise lounge or Victorian settee that can really set off the mood of a room. If you do your homework, you can find gorgeous yet affordable furniture pieces online that can add a lot of personality to your space. For example, carve out a niche in your living room or bedroom that is all yours, and use it as a reading nook or as a place to relax and unwind.
Layer Your Lighting
Along with flooding your home with natural light, you should consider adding ambient lighting as well. Task lighting and accent lamps fitted with amber colored bulbs instead of harsh white light bulbs is a simple and affordable way to add a touch of luxury to your surroundings. You can also find luxurious-yet-affordable light sconces as well, which would look gorgeous flanked on either side of a fireplace. What about a simple chandelier over your bed? Or LED light strips mounted under kitchen cabinets, or as extra lighting in your closet? Both can add a touch of luxury without the luxurious price tag.
Everyone deserves a little luxury. It’s all about focusing on the details, from using natural materials to adding softness and depth through lighting and textiles.
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