Just moved into a new apartment? Or are you just bored of your usual living space and are craving a change? In any case (re)decorating your home is definitely exciting, but also a challenging task at times especially when money is a playing factor. It can definitely be an issue if you want to achieve a luxurious home aesthetically but are on a tight budget. Luckily, there are ways to make your home look and feel more lux, without spending way too much money.
- Color Scheme
When you’re looking into redecorating your living space the first thing you should pay attention to is the colors. Do they match? Do they clash? It’s always a good idea to figure out the colors you want to go with first, and even make a mood board with color schemes you like. Usually though, modern, luxurious houses and apartments, keep more to a neutral palette. So, if you want to get your living space to look lusher, keep to earthy neutral hues, the so-called fall/winter palette. Silver and gold details are obviously a great pick, and can be cheaply and easily achieved with some spray paint!
It’s sometimes said that lighting can make or break an apartment! In different kinds of media, be it movies, plays, or tv shows, you can see apartments with a single lightbulb hanging from the ceiling that’s supposed to portray poor living conditions, and often just look extremely sad. It can affect our mood as well, which is why many people want to have as much natural lighting as possible. Natural lighting is, of course, beautiful and very important, but what if your house or apartment doesn’t have much of it? There are alternative lighting options, such as elegant pendant lights, that just make your living space brighten up, both literally, and aesthetically, automatically making your space look more expensive.
- Avoid Clutter
Many people have a bunch of memos and trinkets hanging around the house without any real purpose. But less truly is more! You can see that many luxurious looking places have almost no clutter, everything has its role and purpose. Therefore, minimalism is definitely your best friend. Of course, you don’t need to throw any of your things out, there are many different storage options you could invest in that look quite chic and can fit in with the aesthetic of your home quite easily.
- Put Some Art Up
One of the best ways to make your living space look lusher is to put up art pieces. It can even be a cool conversation starter when you have guests around. There are different ways to do so, depending on what you like. Large scale art definitely has a strong presence in a room, making it look quite put together. But if you’re not a fan of that, or if your living space doesn’t allow you to, buying several frames, you can often find them in bulk, and filling them with different prints or even postcards can look quite modern and expensive if arranged well!
- Intentional Decor
Even though it’s advised to avoid clutter, the decor is one of the most important things that can definitely up the elegance level of your house or apartment. But the key is in moderation! It’s so important not to overdo with decorating otherwise you’re stepping into tacky territory. And also, your decor doesn’t need to be grand or super expensive, a tactically placed plant, some throw pillows and long curtains can do the trick. You can also play with mirrors! Putting up large mirrors can make your living space look larger, therefore giving it a more expensive tone.
- Refresh Your Existing Furniture
You don’t need to buy new furniture to elevate the look of your house or apartment. Even if some of it is worn down, there are things you can do to make your living space look more expensive. For example, refreshing your counters and cabinets with a simple paint job is definitely a lot cheaper than installing new ones, and you can even do it yourself! You can also change the handles from your drawers, and make them match for the ultimate luxurious feel.
In any case, the most important thing when doing all of these is to do it with intention. You don’t need to spend loads of money to have an elegant looking home, because as we realized above, it’s all about coherence. Therefore, planning is the way to go when it comes to making changes to your living space! Create a mood board, make a plan and stick to your vision for the best results. But most importantly have fun while doing so!