Don’t worry, we’re not going to write one of those blogs where we try and compare your home to a luxury boutique hotel and tell you that it is possible to get that luxe look because, well, does anyone really want that? Yes, a high-end boutique hotel is a great metaphor for luxury, but a) even celebrities hate living out of hotels and b) your every holiday from now on would be sort of, well, lacking because of it.
Instead, we’re going to give you some tips, tricks, and bits of advice to help you make your home more luxurious and liveable at the same time, which is exactly what a home should be. I guess, what we’re are saying is, we can help you make your home look more expensive and comfortable even though you may not have the resource to decorate like a millionaire.
So, without further ado, here is how to add a touch of luxury to your home without losing that homely feeling you wouldn’t dare replace:
How you illuminate your home can have a huge impact over the ambiance and feel, which is why you should do all you can to revamp your lighting options; create a feel that will halt people in their tracks. The most obvious way to do this is by hanging a chandelier in the center of your rooms, especially in the hallway, immediately as you come in the front door. Of course, in order to do this, you need one thing and one thing only: extremely high ceilings, which not everyone is blessed with. The good news for those that enjoy lower ceilings, is you don’t need to daydream about what could have been or start looking to move home because there are plenty of flush and semi-flush light fittings that ooze luxury that won’t impede your headspace.
Symmetry Works Wonders
It is one of the most overlooked and underused decor tricks, but that has a way of making a space feel a lot more serene, relaxing, calm and, yes, expensive too. That is because repetition and symmetry are synonymous with elegance, which is exactly what you are after. To achieve this look, all you need to do is find the natural center point in your room and then start rearranging your furniture so that it creates a mirror image on each side. Now, you may be thinking that the center point is always the television, but that is just the sad state of affairs our current society has adopted. In order to create a truly luxury effect, ignore the screen and choose the large window, patio door, fireplace or bookshelf as your center point in which to envelope.
A Beautiful Bathroom
Making a home luxurious is not about impressing your guests, it is about living somewhere that offers you total relaxation and comfort, which is why your bathroom is so important. You don’t want your bathroom to be somewhere you just jump in and jump out; you want it to be somewhere you walk into and never want to leave; somewhere you can take a long hot bath while reading a book and wearing a face mask. That means it needs to be as spa-like as possible. At the bigger end of the scale, we recommend you get yourself a lovely, deep freestanding tub and maybe a bidet, one with luxury attachments, the kind you can get from http://www.toiletbidet.com/luxe-bidet-attachments.php. At the more immediate end of the scale, a fresh color palette, a set of thick cotton towels, scented candles, an old Persian rug for a bath mat, a statement piece of art on the walls and some lavender soaps will all create that sense of luxury that will be too hard to resist.
Drape Your Home In Curtains
In the same way, a pair of gorgeous high heels is what makes a dress truly standout, it is your curtains and drapes that will add another layer of beauty to your home. Yet this is still one of the most overlooked areas of home decorating. We know that it can be a little costly, but in terms of value, wow, it doesn’t get better. In order to get that look of luxury, your best bet is to focus on silks, damasks, and linen as your chosen fabric. Of course, these aren’t great for bedrooms because the light will just stream in, which is why we recommend you get blackout blinds for any rooms where you may want to keep the sun out. Oh, and if you really want to get that look of expense, then make sure your curtains and drapes are long enough to form a puddle on the floor. This really will create an extra layer of luxe.
Add Some Style To Your Books
People tend to stuff their bookshelves full of books – as many as they can possibly squeeze onto each shelf – but this won’t create the look we are after here. Instead, what you need to consider is the value of leaving a little bit of white space here and there. Once you have done this, well, you have a little more to play with and thus create that old library feeling. Pop in some old vases, a few decorative boxes, and some old children’s toys. Another great little trick to adopt is mixing up the way you stack your books; have some vertical, some horizontal and some diagonally stacked.
Play To Your Strengths
A lot of homes have history, so why not play to this, why not celebrate and revere the past and the craftsmanship of bygone eras. Most Victorian properties are very distinguishable by their high ceilings, while some have still got their cornices, ceiling roses and wall paneling intact. You should highlight these with a subtle and neutral color palette. But don’t stop there. Add to this sense of grandeur in the way you decorate, either by playing into its hands or by contrasting enough that it highlights. Sticking with the Victorian-style home, you could either help it along by incorporating classically shaped and overstuffed upholstery, or you could use brightly colored sofas from a much modern era along with floor standing tripod spotlights to create a gorgeous contrast of styles. Whatever suits you.
No Such Thing As Too Much Accessorizing
Even the plainest, dullest and most boring couch can be transformed with a few decorative throw pillows. Just think about it. There is something just so wonderfully luxurious about seeing – and enjoying – a big, comfy couch that is strewn with beautiful cushions and throws. It makes a space much more welcoming, decorative, inviting and attractive. If you are in the market for a new sofa, then our advice is to consider the depth as much as the width. This will also allow you to use decorative pillows without compromising comfort. Another unwritten rule is to go bigger than you might think you should. This will create much more of a statement, and work better on a living-comfortable level as you have somewhere big to climb into and snuggle on.
Never Forget About Fresh Flowers
If you want to give a room an instant lift, then you only need to add some fresh flowers. It is just a fantastic way to breathe some life into a space, adding a splash of color and scent too. In terms of getting that luxury look, then we suggest you add a big bouquet made up of deep colors, strong colors, regal colors, which you could even do by making fake flowers look real. We’re not saying you need to go over the top or that you should add a big bouquet to every room, just make sure any arrangements you do use are full and not, how do you say, sparse. Seriously. Nothing adds a pinch of class quite as much as a big and bountiful bouquet of flowers standing proudly on a mantlepiece or a coffee table in the middle of a room. By going light, however, you run the risk of looking cheap.
The Bigger Your Art The Better
Large-scale, statement pieces of art tend to have a huge impact on a space and will create a sense of, “wow, you really spent some money on this, huh,” even though you may have just grabbed yourself a gorgeous bargain at https://www.etsy.com/market/large_art_print. In your living room and bedroom, you want to have some art that looms over your room, which means getting a piece of art that stretches right the way across the back of your couch or bed. Of course, you can go with whatever style suits your taste – and your home – but for huge, oversized and overscaled artwork it tends to be geometric, abstract and floral patterns that work best, or you could waltz down the triptych route and pick up a piece of art that is split into three, such as a plane, an octopus or city scene. Like we said, anything that suits you and your home.
And there we have it, everything you need to make your home look and feel more expensive without having to spend a giant fortune in order to achieve your goals. What more could you want?