Have you been longing to redecorate for years but simply never have the funds? Although your dream home may seem a million miles away, it could be closer than you think. By using clever techniques and styling low-cost furniture and materials to look expensive, you can create the home you’ve always envisioned at a fraction of the price. There’s no end of crafty ways in which you can achieve a polished, high-end look – here are just 7 of them:
If you’re a crafty type, then you’re in luck, as upcycling is the latest trend in creating bespoke furniture without the price tag. You can give an old cabinet a lift by painting it – try sanding down the paint job afterwards for a stylish distressed look. Alternatively, check out the charity shops for cheap furniture which you might be able to upgrade. While you’re at it, be sure to keep an eye out for handles and knobs which could be used for your projects, as these can be used to embellish store-bought items to make them look more bespoke – a set of drawers with mismatched handles is right on trend. You can also try replacing the lampshade on an old lamp in order to give it a fresh new look.
While hardwood flooring may be your preference, there are ways in which you can achieve a similar look without breaking the bank. If you want a wood flooring look that’s easy to maintain and clean, then wood-effect laminate flooring makes a great alternative. Laminate flooring has come leaps and bounds over the past two decades, and it now looks and feels more like wood than ever. Its layering means it is highly durable, which is especially beneficial for families with kids and pets. You can style your laminate flooring with a statement rug to really create a luxury feel.
Classic neutral paint colours are always in style, and a fresh lick of paint can go a long way to making your home look fresh and elegant. If you want to add some colour, then a bold statement wall can really help a space pop, too.
If you can’t afford a new sofa, then cushions are an excellent way to give your old one a lift. If you’re low on money, you can always simply buy news covers for your existing cushions. You can even try your hand at buying some cheap material and sewing your own ones from scratch!
Roller blinds are one of the cheapest window dressings around, and they can look great in a room, too. Coloured or patterns blinds can be used to add interest to a plain room and create atmosphere.
Tidiness goes a long way towards lifting the ambience of a house, which is why having proper storage is so essential. If you have a loft or basement be sure to utilise it to the fullest, and if not then be sure to incorporate plenty of storage into your interiors.
With the right tips and tricks, you can create interiors that exude style and elegance without having to re-mortgage.