Every homeowner wants to make their house or apartment look luxurious, as if it was straight out of an interior design or lifestyle magazine. However, making this home improvement dream come through also means that you’ll have to spend a lot of money to make it happen.
Here’s some good news – you can make your dream home interior come true without emptying your wallet or your bank. In some cases, you won’t even have to spend anything.
Create a Layered Lighting Concept
Lighting is one of the most critical design elements. However, a lot of homeowners often overlook its importance and place little thought to their lighting.
Placing different light sources adds depth and character to your space, not to mention making it look luxurious. Other lighting tricks that could glam up your apartment are plug-in sconces, and fake LED windows. Place sconces next to furniture arrangements, so you don’t need to re-wire them. At the same time, fake LED windows can brighten the room. Some people add high definition photos, giving the place a whole different personality.
Lastly, you can also install dimmer switches to make the room warmer, cosier, and more expensive.
Treat Your Windows Nicely
Have you ever seen a window with short curtains? Didn’t you feel cringey because they look cheap?
Here’s a secret: No matter how lovely the curtain fabric is, if they are too short on your windows, they will look like they were cheap store-bought curtains that are a dime a dozen.
Conversely, your draperies should hit the floor and you definitely do not have to splurge on them. If you want to save more, you can buy lightweight cotton fabric and have a tailor customise it for you. Also, use basic black curtain rods because they are inexpensive and less noticeable.
Invest in Fabrics
Putting throw pillows in your living room can give it an air of glamour. However, they can cost a fortune.
Instead of pillows, use fabrics as drapes or throws. An oversized throw casually draped in the room can add a feeling of luxury and glamor to your living room.
You don’t need to buy expensive textile, but you can purchase beautiful scraps of fabric that are on discount.
Play with Texture
Interior designers advise homeowners to mix and match different textures and materials if they are in doubt what to do. You can throw together glass, metal, wool, or leather materials together. For example, you can place velvet pillows on a leather or wool sofa. These materials convey unmistakable luxury that even your guests can see and feel. You can also accentuate a reclaimed wooden coffee table with brushed brass pieces.
Put that Large Rug to Good Use
Just like curtains, placing a small rug in the room makes the space ugly and cheap, not to mention small. On the other hand, a larger rug will make your room look bigger and expensive. Again, you don’t need to spend a lot on costly rugs. You can invest in a jute rug, which is cheaper and more durable than other fabric types.
Make a Large-Scale Art Piece Your Focal Point
Invest in an oversized piece of art, specifically a painting, and make it the focal point in your living room. Not only will it make a small space look bigger but it can be the source of a good conversation.
Never, ever get a cheap, anonymous artwork like an enormous beach landscape. Instead, you can scour second-hand shops or estate sales for art pieces that tell a story. Experts say that works of art that have a backstory are more interesting. If you want to save more, you can create your own and channel your inner Jackson Pollock.
Metallics Add a Wow Factor
Heavy metal is not so bad after all, especially when it comes to glamming up your apartment. Adding a metallic decorative accent or furniture piece to the room adds to the glitz and glam of your house.
When adding this element to your design, it’s enough to mix and match three metals at most. Going beyond that makes the room look messy and gaudy. However, neutral metals, such as rubbed bronze, iron, and flat finishes, can be used widely in your home. You can use them for light fixtures, railings, and other door hardware.
Improve Your Interior Architecture
By this, we don’t mean knocking down your wall and installing something new, but it is as simple as replacing or adding moldings to your interior design. For example, if your moldings and baseboards are narrow, try replacing them with wider ones for a more elegant look.
Adding them will not cost you a fortune. You can do it as a DIY project, but if you are not confident about this, you can hire a pro to do it for you.