Luxurious homes have a certain appeal to them – You can’t help but be in awe with their elegance. Everything about the space all seems to go together in a beautiful and harmonious manner. It’s almost like magic. But the key is that everything doesn’t need to have a high price tag. It’s possible to create stunning spaces even on a budget. Follow these decorating tips to make your home look more expensive.
Layer Different Lighting Types
Lighting is one of the most important interior design aspects yet it’s often overlooked. Even a carefully decorated space will appear flat and dull with poor lighting. Here’s an overview of the basic types of lighting to include in each of your spaces:
- Ambient lighting: Ambient or general lighting is the most basic type, and is meant to provide uniform lighting throughout a space for visibility. Fixtures that provide ambient lighting include chandeliers, recessed fixtures, torchieres, and floor lamps.
- Task lighting: Task lighting adds a second layer of lighting and is more for a detail oriented work like reading or preparing meals. Task lighting fixtures include table lamps, track lighting, pendants, and vanity lights.
- Accent lighting: Accent lighting provides atmosphere lighting and draws attention to focal points in a room such as artwork. Examples include uplights, niche lighting, wall-mounted picture lights, and wall sconces.
Layering each of these lighting types helps create a more luxurious feeling to any interior space. Experiment with each type to find the perfect look for your home.
Follow the 60-30-10 Color Rule
Colour makes a huge difference in terms of how interior spaces look but it can be tricky to get right. So how do you choose the right palette? The answer is to follow the 60-30-10 colour rule. Here’s a breakdown of what these numbers mean:
- 60% is the main colour of the room. This is typically for wall spaces and large accent pieces like area rugs and sofas. The main colour sets the main “theme” of the room and serves as a backdrop for the other colours.
- 30% is the secondary colour and supports the main colour by providing some contrast. Secondary colours are ideal for draperies, accent chairs, and linens.
- 10% is the accent colour and works great for decor, artwork, and other smaller items like throw pillows and accessories. The 10% isn’t a hard-and-fast rule as you can also sprinkle in some items with bold colours to add even more contrast.
You don’t need to follow the 60-30-10 role exactly but it does help make choosing palettes easier. Not sure which colours to pick? Flip through an interior decorating magazine or use an online colour picker for inspiration. Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find a colour scheme that works for you.
Add More Textures
Every surface has a texture to it – Smooth, bumpy, rough, soft, etc. Utilising a mix of each is a great way to add a more upscale touch to any interior space. Incorporate a variety of texture into your home. Some examples include woven materials, rattan furniture, metal shelves, and even plants. Start small with simple additions like decorative bowls and throw pillows
Something to watch out for though is the temptation to keep adding things. It may sound counterintuitive but actually adding less to a room can make it appear more expensive. Too much clutter doesn’t give items enough space to breathe. As you experiment with different textures think of ways to simplify to create a more sophisticated-looking space.
Making your home look more expensive doesn’t have to cost a lot. Follow these tips outlined here to transform your interior spaces without spending too much. You can also consider opening a high-interest rate savings account and use the extra money in interest you earn towards interior decorations.
Alex Morrison has worked with a range of businesses giving him an in-depth understanding of many different industries including home improvement, financial support and locksmith. As the owner of Integral Media, he is now utilising his knowledge and experience with his rapidly increasing client portfolio to help them achieve their business goals.