You may think that adding a modern touch to your living room is expensive. However, there are a few things you can do to add some elegant touches to your space that won’t break the bank. From a fresh coat of paint and adding pillows to installing a new heating solution and fireplace mantel, these simple solutions will add some style to your living area.
Add Some Crown Molding
When trying to add some modern style to your home, details are important. Simply adding crown molding will help make a room look finished, it brings the walls and ceiling together and gives them an elegant appearance. A room without this touch often looks unfinished and cheap.
Crown molding is available in many materials and widths, for the best look, choose the widest trim you can afford. For additional style, add other types of molding such as ceiling medallions, chair rails, and baseboards.
Add Some Color With Paint
Deciding on the color can be quite difficult when decorating your living room, especially when the rest of the décor will be based on the color pallet. However, if you’re looking for an elegant touch, there are certain colors that can add instant glamor to your space. Choose either soft, understated hues or bold and dramatic colors depending on your tastes.
To instantly add an expensive feel without damaging your walls, paint your interior doors black. However, be sure to add some black accessories to tie the overall look together.
Include Some Elegance and Comfort With Pillows
Pillows serve two purposes; they provide you and your guests with some extra comfort, and when chosen correctly, they can increase the elegant look of the room.
For comfort, choose pillows that are soft and large enough to rest on. Avoid the standard 12 to 18-inch size and go for something oversized, such as a 22-inch pillow cover with a 24-inch insert stuffed inside for a plush, tasteful appearance.
Update Your Heating Source
A great way to add a modern, elegant feel to your living room is to update the heating system. Choose something that’s unobtrusive, pleasing to the eye, stylish and comfortable. Purchase a mason heater and cover it with a column, or a modern fireplace surrounded by a stylish mantle. For a minimalistic look, opt for heated tiles or thin radiators.
Put up Some Window Treatments
Window treatments are an inexpensive way to add some modern elegance and privacy to your space, and a room without anything on the windows can look cheap and unfinished. It’s important to make smart choices when selecting window treatments. A flimsy, unlined material can look cheap. Instead, choose treatments made from natural materials like linen, natural silk, and cotton. If you don’t like drapes, choose wooden blinds or bamboo shades.
Remember the Hardware
You can find a huge selection of knobs and drawer pulls in home improvement stores, but they often look cheap and are of poor quality. Instead, browse flea markets, antique shops and smaller hardware stores to find heavy-duty, expensive looking knobs and pulls that will give your home a unique and tasteful look.
Add Some Elegant Accessories
Home decor accessories can change up the look of your living room. A pair of chic foo dogs (chinese guardian lions) are a great statement piece to add interest and charm to any living space. Foo dogs can be placed together on a book shelf for a stylish touch or used more traditionally and placed on either side of a door way like the entrance to your living room. The Chinese believe they have protective benefits but they are used around the world.
Change Your Lighting Fixtures
Many home builders use standard light fixtures, which are probably used in every house they build. Swapping them out for some designer light fixtures will instantly add more elegance to your space. To find a unique look at a friendly price, search second-hand stores and flea markets. Alternatively, add a new, modern shade to your existing indoor lighting fixtures
Additionally, be sure you’ve got numerous different lighting sources such as floor and table lamps to increase the feeling of elegance.
As you can see, it’s easier than you may think to add some chic touches to modernize your living room. Take some time to think about the color scheme and décor to find the perfect look for your personal tastes.