Do you ever wish that your home looked more stylish and elegant? Have stacks of interior design pins saved onto your Pinterest boards but don’t quite know how to make your vision a reality?
Most people think that it takes thousands of pounds to upgrade their interiors and create the home of their dreams, but all you really need is a bit of creativity, and to think outside of the box. This goes for every room, nook and cranny in the house, from your pantry cupboards to your children’s beds, everything can be upgraded with minimal effort.
While the main goal isn’t necessarily to give your home Bel Air mansion vibes (unless you are into that sort of thing – then why not?) and expensive doesn’t always equal better, it never hurts to change things up and add a little style to your home.
Update your home to make it look more luxurious and sophisticated without having to break the bank with these inexpensive and straightforward steps.
Curate a coherent palette
Neutral colours, while not always the most exciting, are both classic and timeless and are sure to stand the test of time and look good in your home both now, and in 10 years. They are a great base on which to build up the rest of your room around and give you more breathing space to add colours through other accessories. Choose a palette of colours and tones that complement each other to get a chic and expensive look instantly, thanks to the uniform and cohesive environment that you have created. While it’s advisable to choose light colours for walls, don’t be afraid to embrace colours and darker shades via an accent wall or a piece of furniture in a deep rich navy or emerald green.
Decorate your walls
So simple, yet so effective. If you are into the whole minimalist vibe and prefer to keep your walls as clean and blank as possible, then, by all means, maintain this as much as possible. The main point is to create a space that you feel comfortable in – after all, you live in it. But if you do fancy playing around with your walls, then this is a great way to inject a bit of character, style, and completely change a room without having to spend loads of money or do too much. To elevate your space go hunting for some unique artwork that you can add to your walls. Not only will this add some unique character to your home, but tracking down a piece of artwork that you love is also a super fun process! Shop around until you find the perfect piece for you, and look out for unique one-of-a-kind pieces that no one else would have. Maybe the search will also spark your creative side, and you will be itching to create some of your own paintings instead, for art that is truly unique and personal to you. And speaking of personal, if you aren’t a massive fan of paintings and art, then you could frame some inspirational quotes, posters or even photos of your friends and family that captured a unique and memorable moment instead. Whatever it is that makes it to your wall, just make sure that you select the correct sizes for the rooms that you are working with and choose frames that both compliment the artwork, but also the room that they will be hanging in. Want to go all out and create a super-luxurious aesthetic? Go for something a little different with an oversized wall hanging such as a piece of good quality tapestry for that jaw-dropping wow effect.
Try out some reflective surfaces
If you are looking to transform a room quickly without having to put in much effort, then look towards reflective surfaces such as glass tables, mirrors and reflective accessories.
When placed strategically, a mirror will not only upgrade the entire look and feel of a whole room, but it will also make it look much larger – perfect for those with smaller homes but who want the feeling of a larger space.
Due to its reflective surface, a mirror will also make an entire area much brighter, especially if placed under the correct lighting. Get creative and have fun with glass table replacements for coffee and bedside tables, and invest in some metallic and glass accessories such as beautiful big vases for your flowers.
When it comes to your mirror, pay attention to both the size and the frame. Both can make a dramatic difference to the look and feel of a room. Placement is also essential and needs to be done so strategically to create the best look and feel. For example, don’t go crazy buying lots of small mirrors and dotting them randomly around your walls. Hang a big, floor-length on one side of your chosen wall, or even lean against it on the floor for a stunning statement piece that creates a high impact.
Add fresh flowers and greenery
A fresh bouquet of flowers will give any room an instant perk and stylish feel whether that’s a bedroom, kitchen or the hallway. Effortless and inexpensive, a simple vase of store-bought flowers can change the entire mood of a space and are a great way to play around with a room. And as they aren’t permanent, you can play around with colours and bouquet arrangements for whatever fits your mood at the time while amping up all your other accessories and interior decor. They can be used to complement the existing aesthetics of your room or be used as a focal point, so always bear this in mind when looking to make a flower purchase. Not much of a flower person? Consider investing in some beautiful, green house plants to inject life and a dose of nature into your indoors. Not only does a cactus, succulent or luscious palm tree look great and brighten up any room with a pinch of green, they are also good for you, improving both the oxygen around you and even your mental well-being. If you are worried about the maintenance that comes with keeping a house plant or bouquet of flowers alive, there are some great faux options these days that are so convincing as the real things, that no one will be able to tell the difference.