Dotted throughout the United States are master planned communities made up of homes that are identical to each other. As each home resembles the one next to it, it becomes more desirable to have an interior that is unique and offers a perception of affluence. We all want to have our homes look like that of high end professionally decorated mansions, but often lack the funds to achieve it. Living in a space that looks expensive and is easy on the budget does not have to be out of reach. Anyone can have dapper dwellings with a few careful considerations.
1. Crown Molding
A space that lacks crown molding tends to look average. The lack of detailing tying the walls and ceiling together gives a space an unfinished cheapened look. For very little money, crown molding applied to the walls provides richness to the space. When picking out molding opt for a wide trim for more impact. In fact the wider the trim the more expensive the room can look.
The toughest decision anytime you decorate can be what color to paint a space. Opting for either a crisp white or high pigment paint in a neutral hue will lend an air of sophistication and affluence to the room. Neutral walls allow for the rotation of accent colors seasonally if desired. Another easy trick that really adds that lux finish to a home is to paint interior doors black. It will instantly give the space an expensive vibe; just be sure to tie the doors to the rest of the décor with other uses of black accessories.
Throw pillows are always a fabulous accessory for your sofa, loveseat or oversized chair. A collection of small store bought pillows appears to be trying too hard and shouts unoriginal and cheap. First, they are not quite big enough to be impactful and are too small to be of any real benefit. Secondly, if the goal is to look luxurious, pillows that any home can have defeats that idea. So ignore the 12-18 inch pillows that you can pick up at the local home store. Opt instead for the larger 22-inch pillow covers and stuff them with 24-inch inserts. The overstuffed pillows offer that luxurious feel you desire.
4. Window Treatments
The options for window treatments are endless and cross many price points. It is best to spend moderately on the best quality you can afford. Avoid flimsy curtains and ones that are unlined, these are two telltale signs of poor quality. Sure, the price might be nice, but you want your room to look elegant and expensive, right? Instead of buying them right off the rack at the local home store, find a selection at a specialty fabric store. Their experts can help you create window treatments with in your budget that will look like you spent a lot more for them. Once you have picked out your curtains, hang them as close to the ceiling as you can to draw your eye up and project the illusion of fullness. Curtains hung just above the window tend to look sparse.
5. Hardware Finishes
Most tract homes built come with very standard hardware finishes. They are generally cheap, in both cost and appearance. Builders use these bulk items, as they are more cost effective to use, but not always the best for a homeowner desiring a more custom look. Oddly enough, hardware is also not that expensive to replace with more personalized options. Change out the drawer pulls in the kitchen and replace them with more unique pieces. You can find them at any hardware store, specialty shop or even at a flea market. The goal is to locate ones you love and not mirror your next-door neighbors. You can change out the builder’s basic faucet for something more interesting as well. Any good plumbing shop can work with in your budget too.
Just as with hardware, lighting is another one of those builder’s standard accessories that lack personality, character and style. Toss out nondescript chandeliers and ceiling fans; replace them with a unique designer look. There is no need to shop the high-end lighting stores, try scouring a flea market or second hand store for a budget friendly piece. A bargain found on a chandelier goes a long way toward creating that expensive designer inspired look. The right one may even have your friends talking. Add table lamps and floor lamps in each room, too. Lighting of any kind will also create an expensive look and feel.
While wall-to-wall carpet is soft and warm under foot, it is does not lend itself to a lavish look. Hardwood on the other hand provides that classic visual appeal. It seem like a budget buster, but it will last for years making the investment well worth it, especially if you compare it to replacing carpeting every few years. Hard wood comes in many types of wood and some are more luxurious than others are. Opt for a dark wood that will add richness to the space, similar to the idea of painting your interior doors black. You can layer a beautiful area rug on top of the wood flooring to anchor the room and tie design elements together.
Gold often considered synonymous with wealth can actually appear rather tawdry. Gilded frames, gold baubles and brass lighting can be tacky when all used together. The color can be hard on the eyes while trying too hard to provide a luxurious look. Silver, chrome and brushed nickel are easier on the eyes and offer a truly polished look. Trade out those old gold frames for some new silver ones; replace that brass table lamp with a brushed nickel lamp and sell the gold at your next yard sale. Silver will also help to reflect light better than gold will, adding to the look you want to achieve.
Furniture is usually the single largest investment made in a room, but not always an area that one can invest in heavily. Yet, spending on cheap poorly made furniture will cost more in the end. Instead, try shopping secondhand stores, consignment shops and estate sales for well-constructed pieces to be reupholstered. This will give you the opportunity to customize your look for a fraction of what a high-end designer piece would run you without sacrificing any desired quality.
As Albert Hadley once said,” There’s no point in creating something beautiful for someone who is a slob….” He is right. The easiest and least expensive way to make a home look posh is to keep it cleaned. Dust and vacuum weekly, avoid clutter and your home will shine. All of the other touches will stand out and be noticeable. Isn’t that the whole point of a designer like home?
So you can see it does not take a lot to achieve an expensive look. Just follow these tips and tricks and you too can have a great looking home on reasonable budget. How do you give your home a designer look on a dime store budget?
You’re reading 10 Budget Friendly Tricks Interior Designers Use to Create Luxurious Looking Spaces originally posted on Freshome.
The post 10 Budget Friendly Tricks Interior Designers Use to Create Luxurious Looking Spaces appeared first on Freshome.com.
View full post on Freshome.com – Interior Design & Architecture Magazine
Whether you’ve just moved or are looking for a quick, little home pick-me-up, or perhaps something more significant, there are some well-known interior design tricks that designers employ that you too can easily do with minimal effort and cost. Sometimes the smallest things make the greatest impact. It could be the addition of a mirror, a painting, a lamp or even a plant. Maybe you want to soften your walls, brighten a room, or add some warmth to your living space. Take a look at these clever design tips and see how they can inspire you!
1. Paint smaller rooms in softer, lighter colors to help make the room feel larger.
The living room above is a great example of how to maximize a small living space. A room of this size has the tendency to seem cramped, but the large windows, light colored walls and ample use of mirrors not only reflect the natural light pouring in from the doors and the windows but the use of mirrors also gives the optical illusion of space, making the room seem larger than it actually is. Conversely, darker colors will make a room feel smaller. Even with the abundance of natural light and the strategic placement of the mirrors, this room in a darker shade would have a more boxed-in feel to it.
2. Use decorative mirrors to add instant light to your living space.
As seen above, mirrors can also be used to make a small space feel larger. For larger rooms, or any room with a more limited amount of natural light, mirrors placed directly across from the windows, will add instant light. Decorative mirrors can also be used in lieu of art to fill empty wall space. Large or small, mirrors add light and dimension to your living space.
3. Mix it up. Mix up patterns and textures. Mix up old and new, expensive and inexpensive.
There’s nothing wrong with placing family heirlooms alongside your modern couch. All good interior decorators will tell you that the most important aspect to decorating your home is that it reflects who you are, your personality and your style. The antique Chippendale desk that was your grandfather’s tells a story. It tells the story of your past. The modern couch you fell in love with and simply had to purchase also tells a story, your present story, and there is no reason why the present and past can’t co-exist beautifully together. The same can be said for art. Now you might not want to place a painting by Salvador Dali on the same wall next to a Monet, but there’s no reason why they can’t be in the same room together. With fabrics whether it be furniture, rugs or pillows, varied colors and patterns can bring warmth and texture into your living space.
4. Slip into something a little more comfortable!
Slip covers often get a bad rap but they are truly wonderful things. They can serve as a means of changing your furniture’s look to reflect the seasons. These easily removed coverings allow you to have a sophisticated look without constantly worrying about people dirtying or spilling on your furniture. Slip covers are ideal for rooms used frequently by children. Above the white slip-covered couches gives the air of a casual, comfortable, easy yet sophisticated elegance.
5. Wicker baskets
Wicker baskets are an economical and elegant way to add storage to any room. Baskets can be used to store and display books, architectural and decor magazines, toys, towels and blankets to name a few. Place a couple of small wicker baskets on the counter-tops in your kitchen to beautifully display and store your fruit and vegetables.
We all have items in our possession, probably packed up in boxes somewhere and haven’t given them a second glance. Your home needs some accessories. Instead of running to the store, take a good look at what you already have. Trays, wooden, acrylic, metal or silver can be placed on top of luggage racks, tea carts, trunks, bedside tables and coffee tables for extra texture and dimension. Arrange candles on them, frames or pile books on top of them. Plates can be hung to create wonderful wall art. Art from children’s books can be framed and hung in nurseries, children’s rooms or their bathrooms. You will be amazed at what you can do with what you already have!
7. Add a hanging pot holder to your kitchen.
Kitchens are meant to be warm and inviting. We spend much of our time in them whether it be for preparing meals, serving meals or entertaining. A hanging pot rack is useful elegance. Kitchens are meant to feel as though they are in constant use and a hanging pot rack certainly makes one feel this way. In addition to looking so wonderful, (there are many sizes and styles available) additional cupboard space below is now freed up to store other items. Seldom has anyone complained of having too much storage.
8. Go green.
Add plants to your living space. Add them to every room, small or large, few or many. Plants are an inexpensive means to accessorizing your space and adding color and texture. Not only are plants beautiful but many can clean household air and balance humidity. They can absorb pollutants and remove harmful gases from the air. No home should be without these wonderful greens!
9. Paint or wallpaper your bookcases.
This instant pop of color will brighten and re-energize any room! It’s amazing how something so simple as a coat of colorful paint can instantly energize and transform your space. This built-in bookcase would be simple and ordinary without the bright blue interior. Perhaps the simplest and most inexpensive way to transform a boring space is to apply a coat of paint somewhere unexpected. Bookcases are an ideal place to start because you don’t need to paint a large area. Other fun places to add a pop of color include painting fireplace mantels, the insides of closets, hallways and ceilings.
10. Use area rugs to soften hardwood floors.
Throw rugs give warmth and can add great texture, color and personality to your living space. Hardwood floors are beautiful and easy to maintain but they lack the comfort that carpeted floors offer, especially in the cooler months. Area rugs can add fun and functionality to your living space. Use several of varying patterns and fabrics together to showcase your character. Or add several rugs of the same pattern and fabric, or different textures but the same color. The possibilities are endless. You can change your area rugs to reflect the seasons using warmer tones and fabrics for cooler months and lighter ones for the warmer days of the year. There are many lovely cotton, washable area rugs which are ideal for those homes with children. There really is no reason why a home with young children cannot also be a stylish one.
What inspired you? Personally, I’m just mad about these animal hide rugs that seem to be all the rage lately. The question is, do I go for the cow or the zebra? Or both, and just say that I live in a barn!
You’re reading 10 Clever Interior Design Tricks to Transform Your Home originally posted on Freshome.
The post 10 Clever Interior Design Tricks to Transform Your Home appeared first on Freshome.com.
View full post on Freshome.com – Interior Design & Architecture Magazine
One of the biggest complaints when you are trying to sell your home is how much time it takes to prepare the home for showings. When a Realtor shows your home it should be shown in its best light possible. What if you could use home staging tricks that will save time and get you out of your home faster in the morning? Home staging is about making your home appeal to buyers. Follow these 10 staging tricks that will only take minutes a day and will help your home appeal to buyers, inside and out.
1.) Purge and declutter: Before you place your home on the market, purge and declutter excess belongings, furniture to free up space in all rooms. A clean and clear house is an appealing house. Once you do this time consuming task, all the other steps will fall into place.
2.) Wash dishes the night before: This may sound crazy, but if you wash your dishes and clean the kitchen the night before, in the morning time you will have little to do. Wipe down all countertop and appliance surfaces before leaving the house. Save the big pancake breakfasts for the weekends!
3.) Hire a cleaning service: If you are always on the go, have a busy family and don’t have time to clean thoroughly, hire a professional cleaning service. Cleaning services appeal to all budgets and will save you time on a daily basis.
4.) Check pet areas regularly: If you have pets, ensure there area is clean and free of pet odors. Keep cat litter clean and pet beds free of debris and odor. Pet owners need to have disinfectant wipes and odor neutralizing sprays on hand at all times. Check area before leaving in the morning, and sweep area of pet fur daily.
5.) Make your bed every day: When your home isn’t on the market, your children may be able to slip by a day or two without making their bed. When your home is on the market it is essential for it to be made well every day. This ensures your bedroom will look neat, tidy and appealing to a home buyer.
6.) Take a shower at night: If you can save time not having to clean the bathroom in the morning it will help you. If you do use the shower in the morning, assure mirrors and all surfaces are wiped down. Put all toiletry articles under the sink or in a closet. Buyers don’t want to see what deodorant and toothpaste you used!
7.) Pick up toys and belongings: Home buyers want to be able to walk through your home and envision their belongings in the space. Ensure that all toys and miscellaneous belongings of your family are put away. Use baskets and toy bins for children to stash away their toys quickly and neatly.
8.) Open all window treatments daily: Present the best possible light into your home by letting in natural light. If your showing is at night, turn on all lights throughout the home. Your home will show better if the home buyer doesn’t have to turn on every light in your home. Think of walking through a model home – same appeal is what you’re trying to achieve.
9.) Clean off your refrigerator: Your refrigerator and stove are two appliances home buyers like to look at when they enter your kitchen. Clear all paper, and magnets from the front and sides of your refrigerator. Wipe down your stove and free up all food stains.
10.) Walk around your home daily: It is common for leaves, and debris to blow up onto your front entry or porch. Before you leave in the morning, and come home at night, walk the perimeter of your home to ensure it looks welcoming and inviting. Curb appeal makes a first impression of your home.
Who says your home has to be hard to stage? With some advanced planning, purging and last minute clean ups, home staging can be made easier than you thought. If you are still feeling overwhelmed, seek the advice of professional home stager. They can help you get your home to its optimal best, and then you and your family can maintain the look. Freshome reader’s have you sold your home with the help of home staging tricks? Share with us which ones have worked for you!
Ready for more amazing design ideas? Check below !
Click here to connect with Freshome on or on
View full post on Freshome.com – Interior Design & Architecture Newsletter