Who would turn down a wealthy residence surrounded by majestic mountains or caressed by an ocean breeze watched through oversized windows in a room with unique moldings and high ceilings?
Do you actually know a person like this one? Unfortunately, only some of us can afford the luxury of living in houses like this, but that doesn’t stop the rest of them from giving their places an expensive look. The truth is that elegance is hidden in the details.
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There are many simple tricks that can show you how to make your home look expensive without necessarily having to spend a fortune on repairs. Foundation repairs can be a big undertaking, but if done right it can help yours get it Safe and stable at home. Of course, it will take some fat, time, and planning for the elbow, but we assure you that the results will be stunning.
So take 15 minutes of your time and go through these simple tips that will show you how to make your home look modern:
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The philosophy “less is more” is the basis for every modern and elegant home. It obliges the designer to carefully select the pieces and choose those that are beautiful and functional at the same time.
A modern home requires you to cut out unnecessary items and give the spotlight to important items that attract more attention.
A wise palette
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Choose colors and colors carefully, remembering that the ability to look elegant varies depending on the degree of tones and nuances (even white, this is the classically good choice, has incredibly mild tones).
One thing that you can discover in luxury decoration magazines is the preference for bold and deep colors, which are applied both to the walls and to the individual elements.
Before going for this option, consider how you can balance out your decor (e.g. dark blue walls with light furniture). Playful accessories should also be chosen carefully, without using too many colors or exaggerated patterns.
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Golden tones, on the other hand, are inherently luxurious, which doesn’t necessarily mean that it can’t have the opposite effect. Going too far on the golden side can take you away from what you wanted to achieve and make the place look cheap and tasteless.
Plus, the sheen that characterizes gold can be achieved with other colors, depending on their depth and the varnish you’ve put on it (and there are plenty of wealthy residences out there that can prove it!).
The same technique can be used in more subtle ways, distributing rich colors to smaller and less focused elements (doors, window frames, etc.).
New / improved crown molding
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Crown moldings aren’t that complicated to get, but they still look very expensive and luxurious. Sometimes all you need to do is add extra trim to make the molding look bigger and nicer. A coat painted white will most likely have the same effect.
Those of you who don’t have a crown molding should consider purchasing one. Installation is very simple and there are numerous pre-cut and pre-painted options to choose from. If you don’t want to spend too much money, we recommend painting a white tape around your ceiling, mimicking the look of a perfect molding.
Go beyond the standard lighting
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A big part of the sleek look of your home depends on the lighting: sometimes a bold change to your local lighting fixture is required, something like a modern chandelier hanging in any room you deem necessary (above the dining table, above the bed ). or even in the middle of your bathroom).
It is also a good idea to replace standard lampshades with more attractive ones, ideally so that the light is diffused in unusual ways.
Let nature in
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Furniture and designer accessories look expensive, but nature looks priceless. A fresh bouquet of flowers can make even the simplest room table look modern and amazing, and revitalize even the smallest and darkest area.
They also offer a multitude of possibilities: they can match the theme of your room or appear in elegant white nuances that create a sophisticated contrast to your decor.
You can go with fresh tulips, classically luxurious orchids, or a simple bouquet of your favorite flowers.
Just remember to properly care for your flowers, namely changing their water and trimming their dirty water, and withered flowers have nothing to do with luxury!
Go for hardwood floors
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There is nothing better than high-quality wooden floors to enhance the “elegant spirit” of a place. There is no carpet or flooring alternative that looks nicer and that justifies the immodest price that hardwood floors typically have. Given their persistence and lasting value, we would say this is well worth the investment.
Play with textures
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Along with sophisticated colors, textures are probably one of the most efficient, budget-friendly ways to make a place look expensive, even when it isn’t. We recommend playing with carpets with animal motifs, fluffy throws, velvet pillows or rough curtains.
In addition, textures look perfect when applied in dramatic tones like deep red, royal blue, or even warm shades of wood.
Cheap curtains with an expensive look
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Curtains are essential elements in the appearance of a home, which is why they are usually outrageously expensive. We are going to introduce you to a number of interesting details that can make curtains look expensive even if bought at the local store:
- Hang them from the ceiling and let them cover the entire wall. Length creates an illusion of spaciousness and always attracts attention.
- Use the bottom band of your curtain for pops of color and interesting visual details.
Use cozy pillows
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Pillows are the most cost effective solution for a modern home. They’re a classy idea that doesn’t cost a fortune, but adds an elegant breeze to any room.
All you have to do is go to the local store and choose a color / pattern that goes with the rest of your decor. When properly coordinated, pillows look more luxurious than many expensive accessories.
I wish you goodbye
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Gold is the classic color for elegance and money, but it’s not the best contemporary solution for stylish places. In fact, gold-plated details are considered sticky and out of date, and aside from their stake in Donald Trump’s pad and rap videos, they don’t play a role in modern design.
A great way to replace gold is to use silver. Silver has the same shiny and standout effect and doesn’t look cheap or over the top.
You can opt for elegant and classic nuances like chrome, metallic gray or brushed nickel that don’t exhaust the eye but still look fantastic (remember how pity golden details can be?).
There are many ways to apply silver without making it the focus of attention: it could be a small group with silver-plated photos, a range of accessories of different sizes, or a large mirror frame.
Use scented candles
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Most of our memories are associated with certain smells and aromas, which is why a pleasant smell is so important for our place.
We want the place to evoke warm and cozy feelings, also to the extent that a pleasant smell arouses visual interest in central elements.
Scented candles can really help us with this, especially if we place them in strategic locations (coffee tables, fireplace surrounds, etc.). Candles are of course also perfect for relaxing!
Use fruit decorations
Rounded bowls of fresh, seasonal fruits are always a great way to bring nature into your home.
Large bowls full of lemons, grapefruits, oranges and similar natural pleasures give every room energy, happiness and elegance. Therefore, you should use them in rooms other than the kitchen (smaller bowls, strategically positioned on desks or coffee tables) look even nicer and offer fingertip care for healthy snacks!). As with flowers, only choose fruits that look and smell fresh.
Hang up the mirror
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The magic of large mirrors is that they keep the room bright and open, and give it a certain “visual length”. Most often, they are hung opposite the entrance or the windows and wrapped in a shiny metal frame that looks elegant and sophisticated. These frames look great even without glass and are converted into luxury message boards by many people.