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How To Make Your Home Feel More Elegant On A Budget

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It can be hard to make your home look high-end, especially if you’re working with a tight budget. Luckily, there are some ways, even on a budget, to get an elegant look that you’ve always dreamed of. Borrow some secrets from interior designers to make your home look luxurious without spending a lot of money. From adding in pillows and a fresh coat of paint to your window frames, there are some simple solutions that you need to know about. Here are some of the easiest and least expensive ways to make your home look and feel elegant. 

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Add Details With Crown Molding

Elegance is all in the details. When it comes to decorating your home to make it look and feel high-end and custom, the details are very important. For example, add pretty detail with crown molding. Crown modling can make the room look complete and finished. The molding helps to bring together the walls and ceiling together, making them appear more elegant. Without this finishing tuch, rooms can look a bit unfinished or even cheap. Crown molding is usually inexpensive to buy, especially if you choose the plastic, paintable versions to paint yourself. You can afford it on almost any budget. There are also lots of different widths to choose from. For the most impact, choose the widest trim that you can afford. For the biggest hit of elegance, you can add a lot of different types of molding, such as crown, high baseboard, ceiling beams, columns, ceiling medallions, chair rails, and more. 

Choose The Right Paint Colors

Paint color can be one of the toughest decisions to make when you are redecorating a room, especially when the rest of the decor will have to be based on the color that you choose. However, if you’re going for an elegant feel, there are some colors that can add some instant glamor to a room. Choose one of two options; you want bold and dramatic or soft, understated hues. These colors will let you add some elegance to your home very easily. The better of the two options will depend on your own color preferences and personality. You can also add classy color with wallpaper like Margaret Stripe

Painting your interior doors black is another great way to get an elegant look. This creates an expensive feeling without actually being expensive to do. If you decide to do this, make sure you also add some black accessories to the room to tie the design together properly. 

Add Comfort And Elegance With Pillows

Pillows in your home can serve two purposes. If you choose the right ones, they can really boost the feeling of elegance. They also provide you and guests to your home with extra comfort and give your rooms a cozy, layered look. Choose pillows that are large enough to rest on and make sure they’re soft. Stay away from the standard 12 to 18-inch throw pillows and opt for something larger, like 22-inch pillowcases stuffed with a 24-inch insert. Large, overstuffed pillows look plush and elegant. Choose down-filled pillows for maximum comfort. 

Add Window Treatments

A home without window treatments will look unfinished and cheap, to put it bluntly. Luckily, window treatments are one of the simplest and most budget-friendly ways to add a touch of elegance to your home, as well as some privacy. When you choose your window treatments, make sure you make smart choices. For example, if you choose an unlined, flimsy material, this will look very cheap, even if they are the least expensive option and you’re on a budget. It is better to stay away from see-through materials too. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t buy off-the-rack curtains. A lot of chain stores offer lined drapes that look classy and expensive, but still at a wallet-friendly price. When you choose your window treatments, stay with elegant materials like natural silk, linen, and cotton. Polyester and other man-made fabrics can look cheap. If you don’t like the way drapes look, try some woven bamboo shades or wood blinds. Just make sure you dress your windows to make your home well-designed and elegant. 

Choose Unique Hardware Finishes

You can walk into any home improvement store and be faced with a huge array of drawer pulls and knobs. This is the moment when you should walk away. These bulk hardware options are affordable, but they’re also usually low quality and cheap-looking. For a few more dollars, if there’s room in the budget, you can get much more elegant, more expensive looking options elsewhere. Smaller hardware stores are a good option, as are flea markets and antique shops. You should be able to find better quality, more expensive-looking drawer knobs and pulls, but at an affordable price, giving your home an elegant, unique touch. 

Lighting Makes A Real Difference

Most contractors will choose standard lighting fixtures, which are probably the same ones they have used over and over again in all the homes that they have built. However, designer light fixtures will add more of an elegant feel to your home than the standard options. There are some tricks that you can use to get a high-end, quality look without the price tag. Look at flea markets and second-hand stores for beautiful light fittings, to get something unique at a budget price. You can also get a custom look by adding a drum shade over an old chandelier. Some pieces might need some buffing or a paint job but can look very expensive for just a small spend. Make sure you have several different light sources, such as table lamps and floor lamps, as well as the overhead light.  

Swap Carpets For Hardwood

Wall-to-wall carpeting in your home does look warm and soft but it doesn’t have quite the same elegance factor as solid, shining hardwood floors. Hardwood has a classic, elegant look, but it can still be found at an affordable price point. Buying hardwood for your home is an investment, but it is a smart one to make. Hardwood lasts a very long time and will give you a good return on your investment, especially if you want to sell your home in the future. You could opt for laminate flooring, but make sure you buy the best available on the market if you decide to do this, to make sure you get quality that lasts. If you’re choosing between laminate or plush carpet, the carpet could actually look better. To get the best you can for your money, look at some different woods, as some are more expensive than others. For example, birch and oak are usually a little more affordable than cherry. Choose a darker color of wood for a more elegant look. Add in some area rugs to tie together the design of your toom with the floor that you have chosen. 

Add In Accessories

Most average-looking homes are lacking in the accessories to really bring an elegant feeling to the space. A lot of people avoid accessorizing because they worry it will eat into their budget too much, but actually, the opposite is true. There are lots of affordable ways to add accessories into your home while still sticking to your decorating budget. Think gold for an elegant finish. Gold is associated with wealth, and can quickly create an elegant feel, as long as you don’t overload one space with too much gold. Add in some gold picture frames, mirrors, or a gold-legged table.

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