Is your home in desperate need of a makeover? Do you have dreams of creating an elegant space that looks like something out of a home décor magazine but feels restricted by your tight budget? The good news is that when it comes to interior design and décor, you can find solutions at every price point, so there’s no need to sacrifice your vision. Here are some of the best ways to add elegance to your home décor even if you’re working with a tight budget.
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Want Impact? Change the Color Palette
One of the most impactful changes you can make, which comes at a low price, is to paint the interior a different color. Some colors are just known to be more sophisticated and elegant and will even change the appearance of existing features such as flooring, furniture, cabinetry and molding.
Some of the most elegant color palettes for the home include:
- Navy blue
You’ll see that some of these colors are on the bold side, but they can still make your home look incredibly elegant, especially when paired with neutral-colored furniture.
Give the Illusion of New Furniture with Couch Covers
When it comes to new furniture, this can be a very pricey way to update the home, and it isn’t always necessary. If you have couches that are in good condition in terms of how they feel, you can simply purchase couch covers and give the illusion of new pieces. Look for covers that are easy to put on and take off and are machine washable.
If you’re the DIY type, you can take things a step further and reupholster items such as chairs and couches. This will be more expensive than covers, and more labor intensive but it will look fabulous when you’re finished.
Update the Flooring in the Common Spaces
Another tip is to update the flooring in the common spaces of the house. This means places like the family room, kitchen, dining room and living room. When you think of elegance in terms of flooring material, hardwood usually comes to mind but, unfortunately, it comes at a high price tag. A more budget-friendly option can be luxury vinyl flooring that is meant to look like wood but at a much lower price point.
You can book vinyl floor installers to come in and tear out the existing flooring and replace it with something new and so beautiful that it will have everyone thinking it’s real wood. Another great selling point about luxury vinyl flooring is that you can look for waterproof options, which means you don’t have to worry about spills staining the flooring or causing it to bulge and lift like wood can when it suffers from water damage.
Open Up the Space with Mirrors
If a big concern is a lack of space in the home, which can create a dark and cluttered vibe, then you can use mirrors as a design trick. When you place mirrors strategically so that they reflect light, it helps to open up a room and make it feel brighter, more open and elegant. For this design trick, you’ll want to use a large mirror, as it will have more impact.
Want to make the mirror appear more sophisticated? You can purchase a solid piece of glass and then build a simple wood frame around it. You can then stain or paint the wood to match the décor. It will look like a custom mirror, yet you haven’t spent a fortune on it.
Let In the Natural Light
This goes hand-in-hand with the mirror trick; it’s all about opening up the home and making it look fresher and brighter. Encourage as much natural light in the space as possible. That may mean rearranging furniture and removing heavy outdated window coverings. If the home lacks natural light and doesn’t have a lot of windows, then you can install more light fixtures such as lamps, wall sconces, pendant lighting, track lighting and so forth.
Install Molding and Give the House Character
One common feature in elegant-looking spaces is that they tend to have character and architectural interest. A good way to achieve this is to install crown molding. You’ll save a lot of money doing it yourself, but it’s a project that does require some basic skills, the right tools and patience.
Each of these projects will work to transform your home, making it feel more elegant and stylish. The home of your dreams is possible.