Want your home to look like a million bucks? This week we spill on how to make your home look expensive without breaking your budget. These instant updates and simple solutions will give your home a high end look.
Those who know me, know how much I detest clutter. It makes me crazy. But today clutter isn’t on the list…simple shelves are though. This means if you have open shelving, it has to be thought of as art and not storage. If it’s storage you need, then do cabinets. Open shelving HAS TO BE PRETTY – otherwise it looks messy and cheap.
Don’t be afraid to have very large art, no matter how small the space. Going oversize is sophisticated and looks expensive. If you can afford an original, then go for it. If the budget is smaller, then consider painting your own or even having photos blown up large scale. Another trick is to hang frames in a grid pattern, as then it reads as one large piece.
Adding fresh florals to a room will really take it to another level. Having a large floral budget isn’t necessary. We love using branches snipped from the yard ( or a kind neighbour’s yard) to add drama to a space. A single floral placed in individual vases also makes a statement for a fraction of the cost. Try forcing your own bulbs…even little potted plants will add a fresh appeal.
We all want our space to exude comfort, luxury and sophistication and the best way to do this is to keep it simple. Don’t overdo it, don’t try too hard and don’t go all matchy matchy. Keep it clean, fresh and not cluttered. Design for function first and eliminate things that aren’t useful or beautiful.
Nothing sucks the life out of a room like a big black tv. It is so ugly that if I was designing just for beauty, tv’s wouldn’t be in a room or they would all be the kind that pop out of a cabinet. However…we have tv’s and most of us want tv’s in a room. I refuse to let the tv be the centre of attention. We like to camouflage it on the wall with art all around. Another favourite trick is to paint the wall behind the tv black. It looks dramatic and the television blends right in.
Include Some Antique and Vintage Items
Adding an antique piece gives a space instant history and soul. One piece in a room can elevate everything around it. If you aren’t in line to inherit any antique furnishings, then start visiting flea markets, auction halls and antique markets to collect your own. Don’t go overboard – follow the 80/20 rule. A room should be approximately 80 percent contemporary with 20 percent vintage or antique. This way it will look current and not old and mouldy.
Every room needs a variety of textiles for that luxurious look. When putting a room together think about the texture of the fabric as well as the pattern. And always have a high quality fabric somewhere in the room even if it’s only one cushion. That’s okay…as long as there’s quality textiles somewhere. Consider shopping vintage. For a high end look, the quality of the textiles are important.
Any room will benefit from an area rug and layering rugs has been a trick that top designers have used for years. Billy Baldwin (1903-1984) was known for layering smaller rugs on top of wall-to-wall carpeting. He liked the warmth and deep comfort level it provided. With clients like Truman Capote and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, he was all about luxury and sophistication. For a high end look, try layering carpets or even adding a runner in the kitchen.
We hope we’ve inspired you with our simple ways to make your home look luxurious. If you have any inexpensive ways to make your home look high-end, drop me a note and share your secrets.
Until next week, happy decorating
Karen Fron Design is a full-service Interior Design Firm located in Calgary, Alberta. We specialize in bespoke residential & commercial interiors, custom furniture & draperies, and whole home renovations.
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