Having a high-end looking home can be difficult, especially if you have a tight decorating budget. Fortunately, there are ways – even on a budget – that you can get the high-end look you dream of.
Here, you will discover 5 of the simplest and least expensive ways to make your home look elegant.
Start with the vibe
Before choosing Modern Leisure Chair for your home, first ask yourself how you want those spaces to feel. Comfy in your living room? Relaxed in your bedroom? Energized in your kitchen? Each of those feelings have corresponding colors, textures and shapes. By identifying the way you want to feel in your space, you can narrow down your inspiration-pics to the most relevant.
That brings us to our next step: pick pieces that build the feeling you’re aiming for. If you want your living room to feel cozy and lived-in, opt for soft fabrics, warm colors, and lamps for gentle lighting.
Or if you want your room to feel elevated and minimal, pick pieces with clean, sharp lines like the Parker sofa line. Accessorizing with a few metal and marble pieces will add visual interest without crowding your space.
Build Around a Focal Object
Don’t worry about everything being perfect. Instead, focus on finding pieces that you genuinely love. A statement piece, such as the Lina rug or Emil sectional in a fun color — and build your room around that best-loved piece.
From here, it’s as easy as finding furniture and accessories that match the focal piece’s colors and mood. For instance, if your statement couch speaks to a Mad Men aesthetic, round out the space with mid-century-inspired pieces, such as teak furniture and mod art prints.
Play with Color
Color can bring a lot to a space, whether that’s setting a specific mood or accenting existing pieces of furniture. Working out your color scheme — the set of colors used in one room — will help get the mood of your room just right. Pairing neutrals like white, beige and brown with pops of bright colors gives off a mod, mid-century vibe. Warm colors like yellow, red and orange feel cozy and personal, while cool colours like blue and green add a sense of calmness to a room.
Being mindful with your color scheme is an easy way to upgrade a room — but there’s no need to stress about matching. A pink accent chair ≠ bubble-gum pink tween bedroom (unless that’s what you’re going for, of course). Instead, use neutrals to balance bright colors. For a bolder vibe, look across the color wheel and accessorize with contrasting yellow, green, or teal hues.
A quick lesson on mixing colors: hues that are opposite from each other on the wheel, like blue and orange or red and green, are known as complimentary colors. When used together, they create eye-catching contrast. Another color-blocking method is using triadic schemes, or choosing three colors equally spaced from one another on the color wheel, like orange, purple and green. Triadic schemes feel a little more balanced and harmonious than high-contrast complimentary schemes.
Instantly lighten up your space by adding elegant storage pieces. Sideboards like the Seno aren’t just pretty to look at — they seamlessly tuck away any clutter that you don’t want guests (or Instagram followers) to see.
Gallery walls that feature a mishmash of framed art and photos, or accessory clocks like the Maris, are a popular way to fill out the empty wall space above a sideboard. The top of the sideboard itself is a great place to display stacks of your favorite books, flowers or eye-catching antiques.
Searching out unique fabric textures adds next-level depth that’s hard to do with color alone. A space decked-out in shiny-sleek leather furniture will feel a lot different than a living room full of plush upholstery, for example.
Never underestimate the power of a couch. It’s likely the piece of furniture that you spend the most time on besides your bed, and it holds significant visual weight in your living room.