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Achieving A Luxe Look For Less: Budget-Friendly Home Styling Tips

Achieving A Luxe Look For Less: Budget-Friendly Home Styling Tips

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You may assume that you need to spend a small fortune to make your home look magazine-worthy. However, you’d be wrong. If you’re a fan of interior design, but you don’t have a bottomless budget, don’t panic. Here are some simple ideas you can use to give your home that luxe look for less.

Textures and fabrics

The textures and fabrics you choose play a major role in creating an atmosphere and channelling a theme, especially in the winter months. Go for luxurious materials such as velvet and faux fur to create an expensive look without a hefty price tag. You can buy cushions, rugs, throws, and curtains made from these fabrics in a whole range of stores. Look out for trends and key products in glossy magazines, and then shop around for more affordable copies online and on the high street. You’ll often find that you can pick up amazing replicas for a fraction of the price.

Upcycling

If you can’t afford to buy luxury furniture, don’t worry. The solution could be right before your eyes. Have you got chests in need of TLC or wardrobes you were planning to throw away? If so, why not embrace the upcycling revolution, and try your hand at restoration? You can convert dishevelled pieces into brand new items by carrying out some basic repairs and using paint and stencils. You could also change the use of your items. A standing bookcase could become a wall-mounted shelving unit, or you could turn an old wardrobe into a themed storage unit for your kids. If you look online, you’ll find all kinds of ideas that will appeal to aspiring princesses or dragon slayers.

Colours and shades

There are certain colours, tones, and shades that ooze sophistication. Think of the designs you see in plush restaurants, trendy bars, and boutique hotels. Cream, gold, and white work well in bedrooms. Touches of opulent shades such as midnight blue add a touch of class to living rooms while black and white is always a winner for modern kitchens. If you are using bright shades, add colour pops, rather than going all-out on the walls.

Fixtures and fittings

Nothing propels a room to the next level like the fixtures and fittings. You may think that these seem trivial compared to choosing wall colours and furniture. However, they say the devil is in the detail for a reason. Stainless steel taps in the kitchen and golden door knobs, for example, can make all the difference.

Do you love flicking through the pages of interior magazines or checking out the latest images of dream homes on Instagram or Pinterest? If so, you probably have lots of ideas about how you’d like your home to look, but you may have reservations about the cost. If you’re keen to make some changes, you don’t need to spend a lot of money. You can often find copies of key designer looks online, and it’s worth trying to make the best of what you’ve got. You may be amazed at the difference you can make when you put your creative talents to use. Embrace luxe materials and go for rich, expensive-looking shades and tones. Pay attention to detail, and don’t forget those finishing touches.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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