Saturday, 20 August 2016

Simple upgrades to make your home look expensive

Consider each room as a blank slate
Make note of the preexisting features in your home that you can focus on. Any architectural details like wooden beams, hardwood floors, mosaic tiles, built-in bookshelves are all worth paying attention to. Make them as prominent as possible—keep them clean, clutter free, and the focal point of the room.

Get rid of something old or unattractive
If an old piece of light fixture or furniture makes you frustrated, lose it. You don’t have to break your bank to do this- Dull walls can be painted or done up with decals, outdated fixtures can be replaced cheaply.

Stick to traditional neutral walls
If you are unsure of the paint color to use, our best advice is to stick to a neutral color. Colors like beige, gray, and yellow always look fresh and on trend. What's more, they pair well with everything. Limit bold accent colors to accessories and you'll never have to repaint an entire room because a bright color choice got to be too much.

Create DIY "built-in" structures
The key to making any piece look customized is to make it fit your home perfectly. The easiest way to do this is to extend them all the way to the ceiling. A bookshelf that spans an entire wall will almost always look more expensive than one that stands alone.

Indulge in statement pieces
Items like dining room tables, stand-out rugs, chandeliers, and sofas all have the ability to upgrade a home's sense of luxury. Identify a few key pieces that you see and use often, the ones which are visible from other rooms as well, and decide if you can splurge on it. If you decide to buy, choose colors and fabrics that are easily cleaned and not easily stained or destroyed.

Add voluminous accessories
Expensive items tend to have weight and volume to them. Avoid flimsiness at all costs: add an extra panel of curtains to your curtain rod, and look for good quality carpets and throw blankets that are great to the touch. Also, accessorize with weighty accent pieces; vases, picture frames, and ornaments should all feel like they've got something to them.

Create your own statement artwork
If your room doesn’t have a preexisting focal point, then create one using artwork. One option is to create a multi-panel piece like one picture blown up and printed onto three panels hung next to each other or a gallery-type display of frames.

Keep your home clean
Follow the rule of threes -objects look best when organized in odd numbers, especially threes and leave a liberal amount of space on your walls and surfaces. When it comes to looking luxurious, less is always more. Keep clutter out of sight, find a home for everything.

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